By Angel Verdejo

The Cove Herald

Amy Rosenbaum was a little bit of everything for Copperas Cove.

No longer was she just a setter as was the case during Rosenbaum's sophomore year. That season, the Baylor Bear signee picked up the first of two consecutive District 12-5A Setter of the Year awards.

Then her role changed. The 6-foot-1 Rosenbaum was Cove's tallest player the last two seasons, meaning instead of just setting her teammates, Rosenbaum had to put down kills herself at times. She had to become an imposing middle blocker.

"That just tells you the skill of that player," said Gatesville head coach Rickey Phillips, whose Hornets faced Rosenbaum and Cove twice this season. "The more they can do - you have kids that specialize in their positions - but the more they can do, that just makes them that much more valuable.

"You have to really appreciate that, when a kid can do it. You want those guys to never leave the floor if at all possible, and from a coaching standpoint, that's what she was."

Her all-around efforts and talent made Rosenbaum this year's choice as the Killeen Daily Herald's Player of the Year. The future Baylor Bear - Rosenbaum will graduate in December and head to Waco - was also named District 12-5A's Most Valuable Player and should pick up her second all-state honor as well.

Rosenbaum finished the season with 1,308 assists (she averaged 9.4 per game) and posted a 99 percent setting percentage.

"She had one of the best sets of hands that I've seen at that position," Phillips said. "She could put that ball anywhere she wanted it to go and you never knew where it was going until it got there. She didn't give much away."

In addition, Rosenbaum, who is sixth in her class, finished with 295 digs, 149 blocks, 123 kills and 116 aces.

Newcomer of the Year

Qiana Canete, Copperas Cove

The sophomore helped the Lady Bulldawgs maintain an aggressive offense that lost a pair of all-district hitters (Phyllicia Cross and Alex Chace), and was named the District 12-5A Newcomer of the Year as well. Canete, who moved up to varsity late last year, was second on the team with 328 kills and 185 blocks, and tallied 56 aces as well.

Coach of the Year

Rickey Phillips, Gatesville

After making program history last season with the Hornets' first-ever trip to the region semifinals, Phillips and Gatesville did it again.

The Hornets (37-5) split the District 19-3A title with rival Lorena, then beat Madisonville, Huntington and Mexia to get back to the Region III-3A tournament.

First team

Crystal Ellis, Killeen - The senior helped lead the Lady Roos to the playoffs and was named 8-4A most outstanding hitter.

Chelsea Grant, Ellison - The 6-foot-1 middle blocker made her presence felt along the Lady Eagles front line, averaging 2.9 kills and 1.7 blocks per game.

Glynna Johnson, Gatesville - Johnson was unanimously selected as 19-3A's MVP. The Northwestern State pledge averaged a team-best 19.7 kills in district play.

Hailey Morrison, Lampasas - Morrison did a little bit of everything for the Lady Badgers, leading the team in kills (374) and finishing second in digs (485).

Kaitlin Poe, Gatesville - Poe was named Most Valuable Setter for the second time in her career.

Carling Urben, Salado - The future Sam Houston State player led the Lady Eagles with 476 kills, 271 digs and 95 blocks to win District 25-3A co-MVP honors.

Second team

Jenna Franz, Salado - 25-3A Defensive Player of the Year

Andrea Hurt, Copperas Cove - 12-5A first-team selection

Anjane Janda, Harker Heights - 12-5A first-team selection

Bria McIver, Killeen - 8-4A first-team selection

Megan McKinnon, Ellison - 12-5A first-team selection

Hailee Showers, Shoemaker - 12-5A first-team selection

Skye Truss, Gatesville - 19-3A first-team selection

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