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Northeast Times | January 22, 2020

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NISD – Byron Nelson’s Paige Flickinger earns second straight Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year title

NISD – Byron Nelson’s Paige Flickinger earns second straight Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year title

For the second consecutive season, Gatorade has named Byron Nelson High School student-athlete Paige Flickinger as its Texas Volleyball Player of the Year, making her just the third player to receive the honor twice.

Paige helped lead the Bobcats to the 2019 UIL 6A Volleyball State Championship in November, with her team amassing a 50-2 record and top rankings in multiple national polls. Paige was among three Bobcat volleyball players named to the tournament’s all-state team. Following the state tournament, Paige received numerous accolades, including earning the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s 5A-6A Volleyball Player of the Year title, also for the second straight season.

“I’m really honored, because I know some of the top girls who play in the state both personally and on my club team,” Paige said. “I’ve played against some of those girls for so long – being named one of the best players is crazy, especially after the year we’ve had. This wouldn’t be possible without my coaches and teammates.”

With her selection as a state winner, Paige is now under consideration for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award. Both the state and national award take into account athletic achievement as well as academic excellence and exemplary character.

Should she win the national award, it would be the second time a major U.S. organization would name her the top player in her sport, as she recently earned the same honor from MaxPreps on a nationwide level.

Following her graduation from Byron Nelson in May, Paige will compete collegiately for the LSU Tigers in both indoor and beach volleyball, and she plans to get an early start on campus.

Christian Brothers