Posted On: 10/13/21 10:16 AM

The high school volleyball season is underway in Texas and talented young players have been showcasing their skills in every corner of the Lone Star state.

One of our missions at Prep Dig is to highlight as many teams and prospects as possible around the state, from State Championship contenders and household names to underdogs and special talents who might be flying under-the-radar.

We spend a lot of time at the gyms gathering information and watching matches and will use this space to highlight some of the teams and players we got to watch in person. The next team we’re going to analyze is the Seven Lakes Spartans.

 

Seven Lakes Spartans

The Spartans from the Seven Lakes High School in Katy are the reigning Class 6A state champions. The roster led by coach Amy Cataline changed a lot from last year and even though it’s not as dominant as it once was, is still capable of securing positive records at both the Region III – District 19 (5-4) and overall (21-17).

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Players to Watch:

Casey Batenhorst Casey Batenhorst 6'1" | S Seven Lakes | 2022 State TX – Setter/Right Sider - Club: Houston Juniors – 2022

The younger sister of last year’s MVP Ally, Casey Batenhorst Casey Batenhorst 6'1" | S Seven Lakes | 2022 State TX – Setter/Right Sider - Club: Houston Juniors – 2022 The younger sister of last year’s MVP Ally, Casey Batenhorst Casey Batenhorst 6'1" | S Seven Lakes | 2022 State TX has picked up the team’s protagonist role this season despite playing a different position. As a setter, she’d always play a big role in what the Spartans do on the court, but she also uses her 6’1” frame to make an impact at the net when blocking and hitting. Ranked 30rd in our 2022 Prep Dig State Rankings, Batenhorst has been filling the stats sheet in every possible category as she’s currently at 676 assists, 241 kills, 322 digs, 50 aces and 34 blocks. Always calm and collected, she will play for the Southern Methodist University at the next level.   Emma Schroder – Opposite – Club: Texas Tornados – 2022 Emma Schroder has all the tools to be an elite opposite at the next level. Her 6’3” frame puts her in position to score in any situation and the fact that she’s a lefty makes of her a perfect fit to play on the right. Schroder has a very heavy arm and, despite a normal level of inconsistency that affects players at her age, is an extremely reliable scorer. She can hit combinations in the middle too, making it even more difficult for opponents to stop her, and is an outstanding blocker. This season, she has already produced a team-high 369 kills and 70 blocks.   Sameena Burns Sameena Burns 6'2" | MB Seven Lakes | 2024 State TX – Middle Blocker – Club: Houston Juniors - 2024 Recently included in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Phenom List, Sameena Burns Sameena Burns 6'2" | MB Seven Lakes | 2024 State TX will be a stud at the net for Seven Lakes for years to come. The 6’2” prospect can dominate the game with her physical tools and efficient play and has in her excellent, footwork, which helps her when moving to block and approaching to hit, perhaps her most valuable asset. Burns is also very long and can hit the ball with a lot of power on offense. She ranks 34th in our 2024 Prep Dig State Rankings.

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