Former Midway star Allye Beth Deaton showed why TCU is so excited that she’ll be on its volleyball team this fall.
Deaton dominated at the net to lead the Blue team to a three-set sweep over the Red team in the Victory Bowl volleyball game on Saturday afternoon at University High School.
The Blue team often set up Deaton up front and she came through with multiple resounding kills that the Red team had no chance of returning. She was named the match’s most valuable player as the Blue team won, 25-12, 25-14 and 25-15.
Despite just three days of practice before the match, the Blue team looked like it had been playing together for months.
“It’s crazy to think I just met these girls three days ago and we played so well,” Deaton said. “It was such a team effort and everyone contributed in such a big way. Everyone just clicked so well.”
Besides Deaton, the Blue team had several other players with a powerful presence up front including Teague’s Katherine Higgins, Corsicana’s Caroline Blitz and University’s Alexis Parrish and Kortlyn Henderson.
“It was a coach’s dream to coach this team,” said Corsicana’s Ashley Grace, who coached the Blue team. “They all had so many different tools they could use. Drills in practice were so efficient. It was so fun to see the girls respect what each other does and to see them reach out and make new friendships and relationships they’ll probably have the rest of their lives.”
Though the Red couldn’t match the Blue team’s height, several players delivered strong performances, including Hamilton’s Abbie Housden, Moody’s Taliyah Stewart and Copperas Cove’s Chyanne Chapman.
“Our girls went in with a very positive attitude and made some great defensive plays and were very scrappy,” said China Spring’s Melissa Cain, who coached the Red team. “I really had a great time with them with their enthusiasm throughout the week. They were so honest and willing to share in the camaraderie. To see them grow throughout the week has been an amazing experience for me.”
Not only did the players get a chance to play together, they were able to share their faith for several days.
“The practices were great because they were people I had never met before,” Deaton said. “Outside of volleyball the whole experience was life changing.”