Dawson volleyball ready to challenge for district crown

PEARLAND DAWSON — Dawson volleyball head coach Lauren Leth established her influence for a winning program after her first year in 2018 as the Lady Eagles were runners-up for the District 23-6A crown with a 10-2 record while advancing to the post-season to finish 40-9 overall.

The Lady Eagles are considered the favorite to win the league title this year as Leth will welcome six returning starters who will provide a wealth of experience and leadership.

Last year’s defenders and setters are returning, and will provide a lot of leadership and experience on the court," Leth said. "We are also returning our middles and our right sides who offer a big block as well as a diverse offense."

The wealth of talent returning for the Lady Eagles includes senior middle blockers Aliyah McDonald and Nicole Deslatte; senior right-side hitters Madison Deslatte and Lauren Scott; senior libero Dahlia Miller; senior defensive specialist McKinley Sellers; and setters Carrie Tripp (senior) and Camryn Scroggins (sophomore).

The 6-foot, 2-inch McDonald has already committed to Oregon State University.

The one position that will need to be filled is that of outside hitter Kynnedi Johnson who graduated and took her talent to play for the Baylor Lady Bears.

"The outside spot has been wide open after losing Kynnedi, however Kaitlyn Scroggins and Thalia Cordero are fighting for that spot and the offense they provide is exciting," Leth pointed out. "We are excited to keep moving the pieces of the puzzle around until we find the right fit!"

Several players have Leth's attention for the upcoming season.

"Madison Deslatte is our returning senior right side who offers great offense and smart shots," Leth said. "Aliyah Miller and Nikki Deslatte are returning senior middle blockers who have gotten stronger and faster since last season.

"I think we will see more net action from them this season diversifying our offense."

Leth also singled out senior Dahlia Miller who is a returning libero. Leth said, "Dahlia has grown so much since last season and dominates the back row.

Sophomore Kamryn Scroggins has also drawn Leth's praise.

"Kamryn is a very talented returning sophomore setter," Leth said. "She has an incredible volleyball IQ and I look forward to her leading our team in 2019."

It looks like Dawson is the team to beat this season, but there are other teams that will challenge for the district crown including Pearland, defending league champion George Ranch, and Brazoswood.