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Lexi Gonzalez
Lexi Gonzalez
Lexi Gonzalez

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Lexi Gonzalez finished her senior year on the McHi volleyball team as the most dominant player on the area’s best high school volleyball team. The 6-foot senior was dominant during the year, setting a school record for most kills in a season and leading the Bulldogs to an impressive 46-3 record and to the Sweet 16 in The Texas Class 6A volleyball Tournament. Gonzalez was the only athlete in the Rio Grande Valley to be named to a Texas Girls Coaches Association All–State team, garnering the accolade for Class 6A. She ended her high school career with a school-record 1,670 kills while setting another program record with 662 kills in a single season. She also registered 43 aces, 38 blocks, 369 digs and 275 serve receptions, as McHi won the District 30-6A title en route to the Regional semifinals. “I wanted this year to be the best year I had and this team made my year so easy,” said Gonzalez. “Everyone this year wanted to play and everyone wanted to win. We would get so pumped up to play and that had a lot to do with our success. We were like family.” While her love for volleyball runs deep, now it’s time for her to suit up for biggest passion, soccer. Gonzalez is an all-state goalkeeper for the Bulldogs soccer squad, a team that went farther than any Valley girls soccer team had gone in the state playoffs two years ago when Gonzalez was just a sophomore. The Lady Bulldogs, currently ranked No. 3 in Texas in by Top Drawer soccer and No. 10 in the nation, holds a 7-1 record, losing only to perennial powerhouse San Antonio Clark. The Bulldogs held a 50-game district win streak until last March when an up and coming power, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln, ended the streak that dated back to March 2015 with a 1-0 victory. If anything, that just woke up a team that not only has Gonzalez, a major Div. I recruit with several schools hoping to land her, but it also is comprised of seniors Westyn Henderson, who has committed to play soccer at Texas A&M, and Ava Alanis, who will continue her soccer and education at the University of Houston. On the volleyball court, Gonzalez and the Bulldogs trailed Laredo United in the third round of the playoffs, one game to none and were trailing in game two of the best of five. It looked like it would be a short night once again for ...

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