MIDLOTHIAN — After a 30-14 season and 10-4 run through one of the toughest volleyball districts in the state, seven Lady Panthers received athletic all-district placement and another seven flexed their brains to land on the academic all-district team.
Because they are student-athletes, first and foremost, headlining the Midlothian representation on the academic All-District 10-5A team are Anna Groden, Tara Groden, Sydney Little, Madee Riley, Kaylie Vasil, Aryn Walton and Aubrey Walton.
On the athletic side of the court, junior libero and outside hitter Kelby Buchanan headlined the group with her District 10-5A Defensive Player of the Year accolade.
KELBY BUCHANAN – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Serving the majority of her time as the starting libero for the Lady Panthers, Buchanan recorded 496 digs and broke 496 serves in her 103 sets played. She also recorded 39 aces and 31 kills.
The junior notched season-highs in aces (5) Aug. 22 against Arlington Heights, as well as digs (45) and serves received (34) Oct. 17 against Mansfield Legacy.
SYDNEY LITTLE – FIRST TEAM
Sydney Little officially signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball career as a Fightin’ Texas Aggie at Texas A&M University in College Station last week. This week, the 6-foot senior was named to first team All-District 10-5A.
Little led the Lady Panthers with 545 kills and a .348-hitting percentage this season. She also recorded 475 digs, and 27 aces in 124 sets played.
Little unleashed 20-or-more kills six different times this season, including three times against District 10-5A foes (Mansfield Summit, Waxahachie, and Red Oak). Her season high for kills came Sept. 15 against Mansfield Summit when he sent home 28-of-her-54 attempts for a .463-hitting percentage.
KAMRYN OWEN – FIRST TEAM
Senior setter Kamryn Owen led all of District 10-5A with 1,200 assists (9.7 assists per set) on the season. She also recorded 252 digs, 75 kills, and 68 aces in 124 matches played.
Owen posted 40-or-more assists eight times throughout the season with six of those coming against district opponents and three times posted more than 50 assists. She tallied 56 assists Oct. 17 against Mansfield Legacy, 52 Aug. 29 against Highland Park, and 50 Sept. 15 against Mansfield Summit.
ALIYAH MUHAMMAD – SECOND TEAM
Aliyah Muhammad is a 6-foot-1 junior middle blocker for the Lady Panther who recorded 208 kills at a .221 clip and notched 67 blocks in 129 sets. She set a season-high for kills (13) Oct. 17 against Mansfield Legacy.
SAMANTHA RODGERS – SECOND TEAM
Junior Samantha Rodgers appeared in 125 sets for the Lady Panthers and recorded 280 kills with a .310-hitting percentage. She also had 80 blocks, 50 digs, and 15 aces.
AUBREY WALTON – HONORABLE MENTION
Senior Aubrey Walton played in 95 sets for the Lady Panthers, recording 154 kills (.192-hitting percentage), 253 digs and 22 aces.
ARYN WALTON – HONORABLE MENTION
Freshman Aryn Walton appeared in 100 sets. She recorded 54 assists, 124 digs, 84 kills, and 12 aces.