Qiana Canete did not take long to pick up where she left off.
After finishing the 2012 season as the District 8-5A MVP, the middle blocker became the first area player in the 2013-14 school year to be named KHDpressbox.com Player of the Week.
The senior recently guided the Lady Bulldawgs to a fifth-place finish at the annual Volleypalooza tournament in Leander. Copperas Cove went 6-2 at the 45-team tournament, earning second place in the silver division, and Canete was a big reason behind the strong showing.
On the opening day, she recorded a total of 35 kills, 13 digs and 15 digs in three wins before putting together a seven-kill, five-block performance in a straight-set win against Eastview. The Lady Bulldawgs lost their following game against Alvin despite getting 14 kills, four blocks and an ace from Canete.
Once in the Silver Bracket, Canete helped Copperas Cove beat Vista Ridge and Pflugerville before falling to Cedar Park in the finals. Her most impressive showing of the day came against the Lady Panthers as she posted 17 kills and eight blocks.
Canete, who committed to UT-Arlington over the summer, also helped Lady Bulldawgs head coach Cari Lowery earn her 600th career win, while improving the team’s overall record to 24-5.
The solid showing led to lopsided voting, and she received 97 percent of the total vote.
Also competing for the title was Temple quarterback Chad President and Lampasas running back Steven Jazdyk.
Baylor commit President guided the Wildcats to a 48-42 victory in the season opener against Round Rock by completing 19 of 32 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Additionally, the junior accumulated 127 yards on 15 carries.
Jazdyk posted a pair of touchdowns in the Badgers’ one-sided win at Smithville, helping the team snap an eight-game losing streak while earning Brian Emerson his first victory as Lampasas’ head coach.
The senior returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and rushed for another score.