HUNTSVILLE – Head coach Brenda Gray announced the addition of five prospects for next year’s 2020 season on Thursday as part of the fall signing period.
“I am thrilled with our five 2020 signees. Here at Sam Houston we don’t rebuild, we reload. And each of these players will continue to raise our level of play,” Gray said. “They are great individuals and students who will represent the volleyball program and the university at the highest level. We are proud of each of them and thankful they are Bearkats.”
Makensie Garner • Cypress, Texas • Bridgeland HS • DS/L • 5-5 • Texas Tornados 18 adidas
Freshman year prep volleyball top liberos … Bridgeland HS defensive MVP as a junior … two-time District 14-6A Newcomer of the Year … also named academic all-district and to the GHVCA all-academic team … GHVCA preseason watch list for 2019 … CFISD/Katy Tournament all-tournament team in 2019 … Under Armour all-America watch list in 2019 … named to Texas Showdown all-tournament team … once earned Memorial Hermann IronMan Athlete of the Week honor … over 1,000 career digs in less than two seasons on varsity.
Gray on Garner:
“Makensie is a spark who has great ball control and possesses a positive voice on the floor. We absolutely love this kid and think our fans really will too.”
Arianne Renaud • Pearland, Texas • Shadow Creek HS • OH • 5-10 • Absolute Volleyball Academy 18 Adidas
Four-year varsity letter winner at Shadow Creek HS … totaled 543 kills, 192 total blocks and 100 service aces in 335 sets for her prep career … also hit .345 for her career …. Delivered 1.6 kills per set and a 45.5 kill percentage to go with 176 career digs … three-time player of the match in 2019 for SCHS … 2019 GJNC 17 American Division bronze medalist … ranked No. 18 in points for the 2019 Tour of Texas … 2018 GHVCA postseason honorable mention … 2018 District 25-4A first team all-district … led Lone Star Region youth team to seventh place finish at 2018 USAV High Performance Championships … 2017 23-5A first team all-district selection … hit .308 on the club circuit, which was eight best clubwide … was voted a team captain and best offensive player for 2017 youth team.
Gray on Renaud
“Arianne is so explosive and her reach and natural abilities are unmatched. She radiates positivity and the sky is the limit for her.”
Hannah Baker • Deer Park, Texas • Deer Park HS • DS/L • 5-8 • Houston Stellar 18 Elite
Four-year varsity letter winner at Deer Park HS … voted district newcomer of the year and first team all-district as freshman in 2016 … subsequently earned first team all-district honors in both 2017 and 2018 … made all-tournament team at John Turner Classic as a senior … also led DPHS to fourth-place finish at the Fraulein Volleyball Tournament … GHVCA watch list … landed 342 kills, 53 aces, 570 digs as a senior … was named Stellar Player of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 … led Stellar to fifth place finish at GJNC in USA in 2018 … in 2019 led team to first place in USA at MEQ No. 2, fifth place in Tour of Texas and ninth place at GJNC in 17 USA … also named to VYPE watch list in 2018 and 2019.
Gray on Baker
“Hannah is a solid utility player who loves the game. She is poised on the floor at all times and has a great volleyball IQ.”
Rayna Williams • Plano, Texas • Lebanon Trail HS • OH • 5-10 • Madfrog Volleyball
Four-time starter and captain on LTHS team … voted team MVP as freshman and junior … first team all-district selection … all-tournament team at Marauder Showcae and Sawyer Camillo Classic … school leader in kills, second in digs.
Gray on Williams
“Rayna is a strong six-rotation player with multiple tools in her tool kit. She makes great in-game decisions and adjustments and is an all-around solid player.”
McKenzie Morvant • Deer Park, Texas • Deer Park HS • MB • 6-0 • 18 Elite
Varsity letter winner all four years … as a freshman, earned honorable mention all-district and all-academic honors … as a sophomore was named all-state and the District MVP … also an all-academic choice in addition to honors from VYPE Magazine … named to GHVCA/VYPE all-Greater Houston Fab 50 & watch list … named District MVP as a junior on way to being named to GHVCA/VYPE watch list … named to GHVCA/VYPE Magazine preseason watch list as a senior … led DPHS to fourth place finish at John Turner Classic and Fraulein Volleyfest Tournament … also gave over 100 hours of volunteer work away from volleyball, in addition to being Mu Alpha Theta for three years … also member of National Honor Society and graduated in top 10 percent of senior class … on club scene played for elite teams 13-18 years for Houston Stellar … named Stellar Player of the Year for 16 Elite team in 2018, helping lead team to fifth place finish at GJNC in USA division … as part of 17 Elite in 2019, led team to first place finish in USA division at MEQ No. 2 … also a fifth place finish in Tour of Texas and ninth place in 17 USA.
Gray on Morvant
“McKenzie is a great slide hitter with a passion for the game. She is a mentally strong individual who continually grinds.”