By Angel Verdejo
Killeen Daily Herald
For two straight seasons, Amy Rosenbaum was considered the best setter in District 12-5A.
In 2011, the Copperas Cove senior was simply picked as the best.
After leading the Lady Bulldawgs to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, Rosenbaum was selected as 12-5A's most valuable player.
"She's earned it, she's worked hard and she's gotten better every year," Cove head coach Cari Lowery said. "She's all of those things that every coach wants a player to be, so she deserved it."
Rosenbaum, who will sign with Baylor this afternoon, finished the season with 1,308 assists (9.4 per game), 295 digs, 123 kills, 149 blocks and 116 aces.
Cove finished second in 12-5A, sweeping Tyler Lee in the bi-district round of the playoffs before falling to Richardson Lake Highlands in the area round Friday.
The Lady Dawgs also picked up a second superlative in Qiana Canete being named Newcomer of the Year. The sophomore, despite standing 5-foot-8, became a valuable weapon at the net.
"I wanted her to get that badly." Said Lowery of Canete, who finished the year with 328 kills and 185 blocks and 56 aces. "She is going to be - by the time she graduates from Copperas Cove - one of the players that people are going to remember, like Amy is."
Six other area standouts were named to the all-district first team.
Cove picked up two more selections in senior middle blocker Andrea Hurt, who finished with 226 blocks on the year, and fellow senior Claire (Taylor) Creamer, who led the back-row defense with a school-record 746 digs.
Ellison's Chelsea Grant was named to the first team for the second straight year, joined by Lady Eagle outside hitter Megan McKinnon.
Outside hitter Anjane Janda made the first team for Harker Heights, while fellow junior Hailee Showers was picked from Shoemaker.
A&M Consolidated, the 12-5A champion with a perfect 14-0 record, earned three of the district's superlatives.
Junior setter Jordyn Slocum was named most valuable setter, fellow junior Jessica Wagner was named most valuable hitter and Cydryce McMillian was selected as coach of the year.
Bryan junior libero Brittany Little was named defensive most valuable player for the second consecutive season.
Killeen's Ellis named outstanding hitter in 8-4A
Crystal Ellis was one of six Killeen seniors to earn District 8-4A all-district honors.
Ellis was the district's outstanding hitter; Bria McIver was one of two Killeen first-teamers and Chelsey Smith and Shalanda Hyde were both second-teamers for the Lady Roos, who reached the playoffs for the second straight season but lost in the first round to Granbury.
Ellis had 74 kills in 186 attempts, posting a team-high 0.253 hitting percentage, in Killeen's 10 district games and playoff game.
McIver led the Lady Roos with 202 digs in district and junior setter Esha Atkins, Killeen's other all-district first-teamer, led the team with 228 assists.
Seniors Makaila Monroe and Mariah Shaw led the Lady Roos' honorable mentions. Juniors Amy Vickers, Tiare Dugger and Johlicia Williams and sophomore Maegen Cobos also received honorable mention.
Stephenville's Dani Huckabee, Sheridan Stokes and Tiara Gree were 8-4A's MVP, outstanding setter and newcomer, respectively; Midway's Angel Summers and Waco University's Tamira Langston shared the district's outstanding blocker superlative. University's Maria Aguilar was the district's outstanding defender.