By Tony Parra
Portales Lady Ram volleyball coach Ruth Chavez feels Megan Kabrick was the best volleyball player in Class 3A in 2005 and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association members felt strongly enough about her play to make her the only Class 3A player on the 2006 North/South 5A/4A/3A All-Star Volleyball Team.
Kabrick is one of 24 high school volleyball players selected on the all-star squad and the rest of the players are from Class 4A and Class 5A teams.
“It’s so hard to get our girls on that team,” Chavez said. “It’s a high honor for her to have been selected. It’s not hard to see Megan on that team. I think she’s the best player in Class 3A. I think it says a lot about our program. ”
The volleyball match will be on July 25 in Albuquerque.
“It’s a great honor to be able to play against 4A and 5A girls,” Kabrick said. “I’m so excited. I feel comfortable playing against 4A and 5A girls because I played against them during the year.”
Portales played against higher classified teams such as Clovis, Roswell Goddard and Roswell High during the season.
Kabrick was selected to play for the south squad. Deming High School and Cibola High School have the most players on the all-star teams with four players each. Deming High School has four on the south team and Cibola High has four on the north team.
The Lady Rams won the Class 3A championship and went 22-3. Portales ended the season on a 13-match winning streak and was a perfect 13-0 in Class 3A.
“I had a lot of fun this season,” Kabrick said. “I think this (selection) is an awesome reflection on the program. Coach Chavez coaches so well and we (PHS girls) had so much fun. I love her so much. We were like a bunch of sisters.”
The other all-star game is composed of 1A and 2A volleyball players. The all-star teams are made up of high school seniors.
Kabrick has already signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Angelo State. Kabrick will be a Rambelle in the fall of 2006 under Angelo State coach Ruth Lawanson. Kabrick missed part of her basketball season her sophomore year due to an ACL injury but didn’t miss a volleyball season in her four years at PHS.
“She’s a leader, hard-working and she was a very good volleyball player,” Chavez said. “I think she’ll keep on growing into a good volleyball player for Angelo State.”
Chavez said Kabrick was very determined to come back and play volleyball after suffering the ACL injury. Kabrick said it was great to have her dad, Ed Kabrick, at home help her with her rehabilitation. Ed Kabrick is an athletic trainer for Eastern New Mexico University.
Chavez said Kristen VanWettering, an outside hitter, was the last Portales volleyball player to be selected to a 5A/4A/3A all-star team. She played on the 2003 team.