Cinco Ranch High School student Shayla Maldonado recently committed to playing volleyball at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi after graduation this year. She started playing volleyball here in Katy at the YMCA when she was 8 years old. She continued on to play club volleyball with Katy Volleyball Academy, Southwest Juniors, Kaboom, and Texas Elite. She is a three-time Junior Olympian.
Maldonado also played in seventh and eighth grade at Cinco Ranch Junior High, and was a three-year letterman at CRHS. She was team captain on several of these teams and won MVP this year, among other awards. She was also selected as one of the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association All Stars this year, which was a true honor.
Maldonado played both volleyball and softball up until her junior year, but decided at that time that her goal was to play D1 volleyball and that is just what she did. Being only 5’7″ though and playing the middle blocker position, the odds were against her. But through hard work, persistence, and determination, she accomplished her goal.
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