The Trojan Varsity Volleyball team turned in a memorable season in their debut in District 14-6A, with an 8-2 district record, and finishing 26-20 overall, playing a tough pre-district schedule against some of the best teams in the area.
Senior Kristina Fisher led the team with an eye-popping 489 kills, followed by fellow Senior Rachel Snead, with 260. Sophomore Ellie Goodman chipped in 127, and Junior Riley Whitford contributed 119.
Meanwhile, the job of stopping the other team’s kill attempts fell to stalwart middle blockers Morgan “Mo Money” Giles and Whitford, who claimed 66 and 60 blocks, respectively. Senior Grace Ann Hornfisher went on a second-half defensive tear, contributing 32 more blocks.
Also on defense, Snead led the team in digs, with a monumental 600, or 13.3 per match. Demonstrating her all-around game, Fisher was second with 372, with Senior Bonnie Brode right behind her at 366. Brode led the team with 14.1 serve-receives per match, followed by Snead at 13.5, and Fisher with 10.4
Senior Ilisha D’Souza led the team in serve attempts (by a mile) with 575, and also in serve percentage, with a sterling 93.6% success rate. Snead was called on to serve 465 times, and was nearly as precise, at 93.1%. Giles was third in serve attempts (372), and also over 90%.
Running the offense were setters D’Souza (636 assists) and Junior Joy Nunez (455), with sophomore Claire Olivieri turning in a promising 111 assists of her own.
Senior Journee Nobles contributed a number of key kills, including at least two set-winners, while fellow Senior Sarena Webster shined all over the court, with more than 50 kills of her own, and finishing among the leaders in serve-receive, and contributing 150 digs. Junior Sophia Condon provided key versatility as well, attacking with aplomb, providing stalwart defense in the back row, and notching more than a dozen aces.
(coming soon, with your help, JV and freshman write-ups)
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End of Season Banquet
Our end of season banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, from 6 – 9 pm. It will be held at the Canyon View Event Center (new building where the Austin Board of Realtors is located). Address is 4800 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759.
While Seniors are particularly celebrated during the ceremonial part of the banquet, ALL players and teams are recognized and honored, and encouraged to attend this “Volleyball Family” celebration!
Tickets are $25 per person. Coaches, players and managers are free.
Anderson High School hosted a National Signing Day event for outgoing seniors Kristina Fischer & Bonnie Brode on Wednesday, November 9th. Flanking Coach Byers, and surrounded by family, athletic department officials and adoring teammates, Fisher signed to play at the University of Central Florida, and Brode signed to play at Western State Colorado University. Looks like we’ll have to set up an Alumni Corner here at Trojan Pride, because we’re nowhere NEAR done with these two Angels!
Your mighty Anderson Trojan Volleyball team is headed to the playoffs, and will play Hendrickson at 6:30 on Tuesday evening, November 1st, at Hendrickson. Hendrickson finished third in a tough District 13-6A, which features the State’s 6th ranked team in Westwood, and traditional area power Round Rock. We’ll need all the fan support we can get, so come early, be loud, and stay late!
Season Programs were distributed to players this week. Your player should have received a personal copy based on your booster level, and a copy for each ad sold to a sponsor. These copies should be given to the sponsor. There is a Thank You letter included in that copy, PLEASE make sure they get their copy.
We have extra programs for sale for $5. These are awesome keepsakes, and would be great as gifts for family members and friends! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in another copy (or have any questions); we will also have them at the playoff games.
Trojans Sweep Cardinals, Hoist District Runner-up Plaque
Anderson cemented second place in District 14-6A on Tuesday night, with all four teams rolling to victories over Del Valle. For the freshmen and JV teams, it was a great ending to very successful seasons. Varsity, however, will play at least one more match, heading off to the Bi-district round of the UIL Texas volleyball playoffs!
The evening began with the Freshman A and JV teams rolling to victories, both teams clearly heeding fans’ pleas that they take care of business quickly, so they could get home to watch the first game of the baseball World Series. Between matches, players celebrated Parent Night by bringing yellow roses out to the stands. Players and parents from Murchison Middle School were also in attendance, and feted as future Trojans. Senior Night festivities followed the JV match, with players and parents parading to the center of the gym to be honored, cried over a little bit, and photographed relentlessly. We’ll all feel the loss of this great Senior group poignantly, but will long remember
their energy, humor and amazing volleyball skill. How lucky we are to get to watch them at least one more time!
It was an all-Senior lineup that cruised out to a quick 2-0 lead in their regular season swan song, with the rest of the roster bringing home the victory in the decisive third set.
A Night For Seniors, Parents, and Middle Schoolers
Our game this Tuesday at home against Del Valle is a busy one: Parent Night, Senior Night and Murchison Night! Parents and Seniors will be honored prior to when varsity starts their warm-ups, right after the JV game is over. Plan on being there by 6 pm; non-Senior parents report to the big gym; Senior parents meet in the gym foyer. If you are scheduled to work concessions please know that we plan to close the concession stand during this time.
Trojan Rattle San Marcos, Punch Playoff Ticket
Friday’s road trip to San Marcos – a daunting challenge in its own right – carried momentous implications for both teams, who started the day with identical 6-2 district records. District 14-6A is matched with District 13-6A in the Bi-district round of the playoffs. With state-ranked Westwood having already clinched the championship, and perennial power Round Rock locking down second, the third and fourth place teams in our district face tough playoff challenges. Seizing second place would give either team the inside track to face a third-place team from that district.
Things started inauspiciously, as the feisty Rattlers defeated our Freshman and JV teams. Undaunted, however, the Trojan varsity seized destiny, and defeated San Marcos 3-0 in front of a stunned San Marcos crowd. If the Trojans can hold off Del Valle in their final district match on Tuesday, or San Marcos loses to undefeated Bowie, second place is assured. The opening round of the playoffs takes place on October 31st or November 1st, details to be published here as soon as they’re available.
Pink-Out Tuesday! Trojans to Battle Bowie
Tuesday evening (10/18) Anderson will battle the Bowie Bulldogs in a match featuring the top two teams in District 14-6A. Join our Lady Trojan Volleyball team and show your support against breast cancer by sporting PINK in the stands. Representatives from Komen Austin will be there selling pink “bling” at the door and collecting game day donations. Both will go toward support of Komen Austin.
Heart-Akins for Eagles, Lose Season Series to AHS
Trying to keep pace with undefeated Bowie, the Trojans endured a long drive, a bus breakdown, and a stern charge by an improving Akins team, and avoided the dreaded “trap” game on Friday night, before next Tuesday’s showdown with the Bulldogs. Anderson ran their district record to 6-1, all but assuring a spot in the playoffs, before racing to House Park to watch Football win their homecoming match.
Trojans Break Mustangs, Sweep Manor
The Trojans Advance Team having swept the area clean of renegade clowns, Anderson Volleyball continued their successful march through district play, running their varsity record to 5-1 with their third straight win, and eight of their last nine overall. It was only a three-team sweep this time, as Manor doesn’t field a Freshman B team, so they’ll be rested and ready for Friday’s match against Akins.
Few Anderson fans got to witness the first set of the Freshman A and JV games on Friday night in Del Valle, thanks to the traffic mess on Hwy 71, but trust us, they did win, and won their matches, kicking off what would become a four-team, district sweep of the Cardinals that made the drive worthwhile. The varsity having dispatched their opponents in short order, three teams of players, coaches and parents got to watch the Freshman B team take center stage again, winning a thrilling three-set match to seal the sweep.
View the full game schedule, coaches calendar, and week-at-a-glance on our Calendars page. Highlights include:
- The next Booster Club meeting is Monday, November 7th, in the AHS Library
- Our end of season banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, from 6 – 9 pm. It will be held at the Canyon View Event Center. (4800 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759)
Tickets are $25 per person. Players and managers are free.
Please RSVP to AHSTrojanVolleyball@gmail.com with a head count and list the names of who will be attending including your player’s name. Deadline to RSVP is November 9. Checks should be made out to Anderson Volleyball Booster Club. You may send your payment in with your player to turn in to one of the coaches, turn it in to Rhonda Giles or Narda Fisher at Tuesday’s game, or mail to Anderson High School. Please address the envelope as follows:
Anderson Volleyball Booster Club
Attn: End of Season Banquet
8403 Mesa Drive
Austin, TX 78759
Last Week in Review
Lady Trojan Middle School Tournament a Huge Success!
Parents attending Saturday’s Lady Trojan Middle School Volleyball Tournament can be forgiven for thinking that the tournament was a long-standing tradition, so smoothly did things run at this inaugural event. Trojan players gave up their Saturday to support the next generation of Trojans and their rivals, parents stepped up with cheerful volunteer hours to plan and execute the event, and the coaches were the glue that held the whole thing together. As a bonus, our own Murchison Matador Sisters won both the 7th and 8th grade Championship trophies, and got to play on the courts we’re looking forward to seeing them on in the next couple of years. More photos are on our tournament page.
Woof! Freshman B Bites Bowie Bulldogs
The Freshman B team stunned mighty district rival Bowie to raise their conference record to 2-0, with an inspiring, three-set victory on Friday night down on Slaughter Lane. After dropping the first set, the Trojans battled to win a close second set, and prevailed in the third, with fans at the varsity game, still murmuring about an inspiring National Anthem presentation, craning their necks to keep track of the action on the other side of the gym.
Akins & Pains: Trojans Declaw Eagles
The Anderson Trojan volleyball teams rolled to a four-team, district sweep of Akins on Tuesday, without dropping a set across four matches. The Freshman B team were victorious in their district debut (Manor only had a single freshman team last Friday), while Freshman A rolled to their sixth victory in a row, including four in last weekend’s Cedar Creek tournament. JV found themselves down 21-17 in the first set, but roared back to take it, and cruise in the second set, for their seventh win in their last eight matches. Varsity also played a tight first set, but then rolled in the next two, with lots of playing time for everyone, earning their fourth consecutive win, and raising their record to 2-0 in district, with eight matches to go.
The girls surprised Coach Byers with an impromptu birthday party last Friday. Be sure to wish her a happy one when you see her tonight. However, you pinch or otherwise manhandle her at your own risk.
Trojan Steel Mug Sale! Get ’em while they’re hot…er…cold
There’s just a week left to get your very own insulated steel mug. Yes, the ones you admired at Spirit Fest, and in the hands of the coolest Anderson volleyball fans. Not only do these keep your favorite beverage cool and fresh, but they make excellent gifts for friends and family alike. Other purchasers have used them for indoor bowling, as stacked art sculptures, or as seedling planters. Send us a photo of your own creative idea, and we’ll post it here.
Mustangs Corralled: Trojans Sweep District Opener
Friday night’s district opener was a home affair, featuring a modified schedule that allowed the Freshman A team to kick off the festivities in the main gym. They extended their current win streak to five matches with a 2-0 defeat of new rivals Manor. The equally hot JV team, winners of seven of their last eight matches, followed suit, and handed things off to varsity to complete the sweep, 3-0. Contributions came from everyone on the roster, as the Trojans pulled away from the athletic Mustangs with skill and precision. Next up is a home match against Akins on Tuesday, followed by a trip down MOPAC to Bowie next Friday evening.
Freshman A Takes Cedar Creek Tournament
There wasn’t much room for Anderson to improve on last weekend’s sterling second-place JV performance in the Cedar Creek tournament, but the Freshman A team did just that, defeating Lockhart in the championship game to win the whole thing without dropping a set! As of Sunday morning, the Cedar Creek folks hadn’t entered anything on the results page, so we’ve put in what details we have on the tournament page. We’ll update it when we get more info.
Traffic Lights:Trojans Hunt Down Lobos
The Anderson JV team was already well into their 2-0 sweep of Lehman as some beleaguered fans, fresh off the misery of a Friday afternoon drive south on IH 35, trudged into the Lobos’ den. The match ebbed and flowed for the Trojans, as they took some big leads, but also had to recover from some worrying deficits, and showed great character in getting the job done in two. That’s two wins in a row, and six out of seven for those of you keeping track.
Next, it was the varsity’s turn to steamroll, winning 25-12, 25-12, 25-5. In the final set, Ilisha D’Souza served the Trojans out to a 13-0 lead that dashed any Lehman hopes of a rally. If you were trying to follow the game on our live scoring page, you saw that we had terrible problems with connectivity in the gym, and kept losing half of the stats and play-by-play highlights when the app was trying to upload.
The Lady Trojans, many of them fresh off a grueling day of play in the Cedar Creek freshman tournament, shook off the day’s heat and celebrated at the school’s Trojan Spirit Fest, hawking volleyball cookies and insulated drink cups. The last of the mugs are going fast, so ask about one at the ticket sales table or concession stand before collectors snap the last of them up.
Trojans Sweep Hyde Park!
Hyde Park arrived at AHS on Tuesday evening having won four of their last five matches, but left chastened after being swept by all four Anderson volleyball teams. For the resurgent JV squad, that makes five wins in their last six matches. Meanwhile, the victory gave the Freshman A team five wins in their last seven matches, heading into Saturday’s Freshman tournament at Cedar Creek.
Trojans Stun Saint Michael’s
In a bit of true Friday Night Madness, the Trojan varsity spotted the Crusaders two sets before clawing their way back, and rewarding a delirious crowd with a five-set, come-from-behind win for the ages. The student section was boisterous, some players turned in their best home-court performances of the season, spirit wear and yard signs were distributed, and the air conditioning even clicked on eventually.
The surging Freshman A team was victorious in the small gym, sweeping the Crusaders in straight sets, and the JV team turned in an inspiring victory as well, tuning up for their Saturday tournament.
JV takes second at Cedar Creek Tournament
Cedar Creek High School hosted a JV Tournament on Saturday Sept10th, and your Anderson Trojan JV team swept their morning pool and advanced to the Gold Bracket, where they sailed past Rudder High School, and met Saint Andrews in the Championship Game. The Trojans won the first set, but ultimately succumbed to the Crusaders and took home the second place trophy. Check out the schedule and results on our tournament page.
2016 Schedule and Results Pages:
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Downloadable Schedule: 2016 Trojan Volleyball Schedule
Trojans Take Over the Airwaves!
The 2016 team rosters are available on our Roster page (under the Program Links menu). There’s a link to rosters on the schedule and results page, but the site has a little technical glitch that’s preventing us from uploading them there. While that’s being worked, you can access them here.
Don’t you love kicking back in the stands to watch a volleyball game, with a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and a Coke, as the elegant ballet unfolds before you? Of course you do! But the reality is, there’s no ballet, elegant or otherwise, without the volunteer hours that led up to it. Fortunately, the demands here are fairly minimal, and many hands make light work. so why not get your karmic balance squared away by taking a volunteer shift or two during the season? Click the SignUp.com logo to look for opportunities, or bring your special skills to one of the Committee Chairs on the Booster Club, and be a behind-the-scenes Lady Trojan Volleyball Angel.
Have you seen the great game photos in our Lady Trojan Volleyball Photo Album? Jeff Sims has been a long-time supporter of our volleyball program, and periodically comes to take pictures at our home games (see his work here). Jeff donates general action shots to the program, but his shots are available for purchase online as well, both for your personal ads and for your own personal distribution. His prices are VERY reasonable. He also does recruiting videos and many other sports. Please support Jeff—he has been a great partner to Anderson HS through the years. He will concentrate on those players who have contacted him with plans to purchase from him. You can contact Jeff at jeff@JeffSimsPhoto.com.
2016 will find the Anderson Lady Trojans playing in a new District, 14-6A (Region 2), with some familiar district opponents (Bowie, Akins, Del Valle) and some new ones (Manor and San Marcos). After scrimmages at Dripping Springs and Hays on the 5th the regular season kicks off on Monday, August 8th, with a home match against Vandegrift. Highlights:
- Monday, August 8th, home opener against Vandegrift
- August 11-13, Austin ISD Tournament
- August 17-20, Volleyfest tournament in New Braunfels
- August 23rd, Taco Shack showdown vs McCallum
- August 25-27, Volleypalooza tournament in Leander
- September 1-3, Bowie Tournament
- September 10th, Cedar Creek Tournament
- September 23rd, District opener vs Manor (home)
- October 31, Bi-District playoffs start
2016 Summer Camp News!
We had record attendance! Thank you to the volunteers for helping with summer camp, the parents for signing campers up and getting them there, and most importantly to the campers for participating! Coach Byers’ goal since she started volleyball summer camp 6 years ago has been 100 campers, and this year for the first time we not only met, but we exceeded that goal with almost 120 campers! Next year’s goal: 125!!
We’ve got a few pictures in our gallery.