Botkin named 6A Player of the Year by Texas Sports Writers

PEARLAND — Under normal circumstances, when the Texas Sports Writers release their All-State teams, including their Players of the Year for each class, the POY is usually a member of the team that claimed the state championship.

However, in one of the rare selections, and deservedly so, Pearland's Brooke Botkin was recently named the Class 6A Player of the Year by the state writers.

The USC signee has had a record-setting career for the Lady Oilers and very few players across the state could match her numbers as well as the influence she has had for Pearland head coach John Turner.

Botkin is a three-time MVP for the district and was recently named the 2016 Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches.

Botkin is a three-time All-State selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association and the Texas Sports Writers Association and a two-time Greater Houston Volleyball Pre-season Player of the Year in addition to numerous national honors.

The Under Armour All-American will play for USC next fall, but graduated in December so she'll head to Los Angeles in early 2017.

"She is the best six-rotation player we've had in the history of the school," head coach John Turner said. "Malorie (Pardo) was an incredible player, but what Brooke brings to the table with her blocking ability, digging, aces, setting, and of course, the kills, she's just surpassed everyone."

Botkin's numbers are mind-boggling during her four-year high school career. She will no doubt be a force at the next level at the University of Southern California.

Among her four-year career statistics, Botkin registered 2,155 kills, 147 blocks, 1,301 digs, and 134 aces. Botkin was a finalist for Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas in 2015 and 2016.

There were two other area players who were named 6A honorable mention All-State by the sports writers.

Dawson junior Jordyn Sinnette led the Lady Eagles to the District 23-6A championship. She registered 534 kills, 35 aces, 46 blocks, 273 digs.

She also shared 23-6A Co-MVP honors with Pearland's Brooke Botkin. She was named to the All-Tournament team at the Volleypolooza Tournament.

Also honored by the TSWA was Friendswood senior Shannon Murphy who led the Lady Mustangs to the 2016 playoffs for the first time since Friendswood moved up to Class 6A.

The standout Murphy registered 467 kills, 380 digs, 82 aces this season. She was a named to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches pre-season All-State team. She was listed on the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association Fab 50.

Murphy has given her verbal commitment to continue her education and playing career at Pepperdine University.