Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 29, 2013

16-3A All-District Volleyball: Searcy, Hodges net superlative accolades

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

BULLARD —

Seniors Ashley Searcy and Madison Hodges headlined a long list of Bullard Lady Panthers that were voted on the 16-3A All-District Volleyball team.

Searcy, took home the league's Most Valuable Blocker honor while Hodges was selected as the loop's Most Valuable Defensive Specialist.

The Lady Panthers placed a pair of young ladies, Mackenzie Fish and Mallory McCoy onto the First Team roll.

Fish, a junior outside hitter and Mallory McCoy, a senior setter, proved to be players of impact for head coach Ben Belshaw's gang all season long.

In addition, Bullard sent Rachel Kelley, a junior setter, and Katie Cole, a junior defensive specialist, to the Second Team list.

Lady Panthers that were included as Honorable Mention choices were, Madison Davis (Sr.) and Katie Trezise (Soph.).

“We needed to be good on defense to make a run at the playoffs and that was reflected in our (all-district) selections,” Belshaw said in a press release. “I'm very proud of the effort our players put forth in the court and in the class room, over the off season and during the season to earn a playoff berth and play some great matches in a tough district (16-3A).”

Ten members of the Lady Panther squad were heralded as members of the Academic All-District team as well.

That lot included, Searcy, Hodges, Fish, McCoy, Kelley, Tresize and Cole.

Others were, Madison Davis, Sarah Wakefield and Kennedy Key.

Bullard's senior quartet — Searcy, Davis, Hodges and McCoy — was named to the TGCA Academic All-District. To qualify for the team, a student must have a GPA of 94 or higher for their high school career.