The 2013 Pearland HS volleyball season was very special to head coach John Turner as he notched a monumental 700th win while the Lady Oilers finished in second place in the District 22-5A race behind the Alvin Yellowjackets.
Pearland placed five girls on the All-District first-team with three getting top specialty awards in the district. Two players were named to the second-team while three players were named honorable mention.
“Newcomer of the Year” honors went to freshman Brooke Botkin after she recorded 430 kills, 52 blocks, 24 aces, and 271 digs.
Brooke is being touted as one of the top freshman volleyball players in the state and the nation,” coach Turner said. “She was selected as the VYPE Magazine “Newcomer of the Year” for the Greater Houston area for 2013. She was the kill leader for our team this past year and showed remarkable composure/confidence on the floor from the first day that she reported in August.
“Brooke has the potential to become one of the best players to play at Pearland since I have coached at PHS. She is being highly recruited by major Division I schools from across the country. She is a multi-talented player being able to play any position on the court if needed.”
“Setter of the Year” junior Chelsey Wattswho worked hard every day to become the district’s top setter for 2013. She ran a 6-2 offense while senior Haley Morton was out with an injury and proved that she could handle the job at hand. She led the team in assists and played unselfishly to do whatever it took to make this team successful.
“Chelsey will be the captain for the 2014 team in which I look forward to seeing her be the floor general that takes this program to the next level and makes it to state in 2014,” Turner said.
“Defensive Player of the Year” honors went to Katarina Morton (pictured) who registered 826 digs and 57 aces.
Words cannot describe Katarina Morton’s impact on the Pearland HS volleyball program the past three years. She and her sister, Haley, have dedicated their lives striving to be the best that they can be in the positions that they play by making their team one of the top 13 teams in the state.
“Katarina turned heads every time she stepped on the court with her dynamic digs and incredible leadership on the court,” coach Turner said. “I literally had coaches and officials coming up to me after matches stating how impressed they were with her passion for the game and high level of play.
Katarina was named to the All-Tournament teams at the Allen and Kingwood tournaments. She was named to the TGCA All-State Team; VYPE Magazine Greater Houston first-team selection; and she became the first player in the history of the Pearland High School volleyball program to be named All-American by the AVCA. Katarina was named the PHS volleyball program MVP for 2013.
Junior Cassidy Nussman was named as an All-District first-team pick and became one of the most dynamic players on the team for 2013. She had 283 kills, 114 blocks, 37 aces, and 51 digs. Nussman could
change the momentum in a match with her explosive kills and wall-like blocks that frustrated opponents.
“She is a master learner of the game and is being highly recruited by several Division I schools throughout the nation,” Turner said. The sky is the limit for next year for Cassidy; she has
already been chosen to the 2013 VYPE Magazine second-team for her outstanding play this year. Our opponents next year will be trying many different defensive schemes to stop the impact that Cassidy will have in our match when we play.”
Sophomore Amanda Chapawas named to the All-District first-team after she had 403 digs and 63 aces. Chapa could probably start as a libero on any other high school team in Houston, but she was a DS
behind All-American Katarina Morton for 2013. The pair made up one of the best defensive duos in the area and state.
“Amanda will be the foundation in which we build the 2014 team around next year,” Turner said. “She is prepared to take the lead role through extensive training and experience. Amanda will be our composed leader that sets the example on the court with her high level of play.”
Senior Haley Mortonwas an All-District second-team pick after she played only six district matches but made a huge impact in such a short time. She was out the majority of the year with a stress fracture but persevered to lead the team in the playoffs. Haley had 253 assists, 15 aces, and 62 digs. Haley was
honored for her courage and passion with the 2013 Iron Man Award.
Junior Alex Aguilera was also named to the All-District second-team after she recorded 275 kills, 25 aces, and 139 digs.
“Alex was our rock on offense on the right and left side hitting,” Turner said. “She became one of our “go to” players for crucial kills in big matches. She will be a key to our success in
Named to the All-District honorable-mention was senior Nicole Kirsnerwho had 180kills during the season.
“Nicole was solid on the RS and played a big key in our success in 2013,” Turner said. “She will be playing volleyball at Auroa College in the fall of 2014.
Sophomore Caroline Shecterlehad 410 assists, 53 aces, and 258 digs.
“Caroline did an awesome job of running a 6-2 as a setter,” Turner said. “She also won the Oiler Pride Award for the team for her passion and dedication as a player for 2013.
Sophomore Hannah Ofczarzakhad 302 kills for the season. Hannah played two different positions for the team this year and will play a big part of the success of this program in the future.