Qiana Canete, Aria Price and Kinsey Williams became accustomed to going head-to-head during heated District 8-5A matches, but today will be different.
The recent Copperas Cove, Shoemaker and Belton graduates, respectively, will join forces to represent the Red Team at the inaugural Heart of Texas FCA all-star volleyball match.
“It isn’t weird,” Price said. “I have the honor of playing with them because they’re so good and to be on the same team with them is great.”
The match pits the Red and Blue Teams against each other at University High School in Waco. The match tips off at 12:30 p.m. and tickets are $5. Parking is free.
The volleyball match serves as a precursor to the sixth annual Victory Bowl all-star football game later tonight at Waco ISD Stadium that features 10 players from six different area schools.
Belton head coach Stacey Meyers and assistant Whitney Landers will coach the Red Team at the volleyball game.
Williams has been a teammate of Canete’s before, during summer club play, and the libero said she looks forward to joining the Lady Bulldawgs star again and she also welcomes the new experience of being Price’s teammate.
“We’ve always played club together so she’s (Canete) always been a rival/teammate,” Williams said. “The girls from Shoemaker, it’s awesome to be on the same side of the net rather than the opposite side this time.”
Canete, Price and Williams get back on the court for the first time in seven months since the regular season ended for Shoemaker, Belton lost in the Region I-5A bi-district round and Cove lost in the area playoffs.
Though the all-star game has no real implication, Williams wants to be able to win the final high school volleyball match she’ll ever play.
“Q (Canete) and I have been talking all week and we want to win our last high school game ever,” Williams said. “I just want to end it on a good note. All my volleyball years are coming to an end so it gives me encouragement to win.”
Canete finished her career at Cove after having one of the best seasons in school history. The outside hitter repeated as both the District 8-5A MVP and Killeen Daily Herald All-Area MVP and was an all-state selection.
She helped the Lady Bulldawgs go 40-8 and reach the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
Price was an all-district first-team selection as an outside hitter/middle blocker for the Lady Grey Wolves but, for her, the biggest accomplishment was related to her team.
The Coastal Bend College signee will go down in school history as a part of the first Lady Grey Wolves team with a winning record since the school opened in 2000. Shoemaker was 20-19 overall last year.
For her, the all-star game is a way to represent both her high school alma mater and future college team.
“I was the only one picked from either school so I was really happy that I can represent Shoemaker and go to Coastal Bend,” Price said.
Williams helped Belton go 24-14 and clinch a playoff spot by finishing in third place in the district.
“It’s exciting to represent Belton,” Williams said. “It’s exciting and also nerve-racking.”
The teams started practicing on Wednesday to prepare for the game and Price said the Red Team is coming together and jelling.
“There’s a lot of talent on the team and we just want to play our hardest when we go out there,” Price said.