sisters of spike

Ignoring their basketball legacy, the Randall girls stepped into the volleyball arena to become the best sister tandem around

Kylie Randall Kylie Randall MAGNOLIA—Despite standing 5- foot-11, poor Katzy Randall finds herself every single day looking up to “little” sister Kylie who stretches out to 6-foot-3.

How about “little big sister.”

Despite the fact that their family is steeped in the sport of basketball, the girls found another kind of net—volleyball—more to their liking and that decision has turned out to be fortuitous.

The girls father Danny, is the head basketball coach at Magnolia High School and a 1976 RHS graduate.

The girls also have two uncles who played college basketball and a grandmother—

Jo Randall of Rockdale— who was a force on the court during her playing days.

They also come by their vertical advantage honestly, with three uncles hovering around 6-foot-5 and father Danny is 6-foot-9.

Katzy, a senior, has signed with Stephen F. Austin after originally committing to Texas State and after being sought by Montana, Northern Colorado, Coastal Carolina, South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Katzy Randall Katzy Randall She capped off her senior year by recently being named firstteam all-state, her third appearance on the team.

Sophomore Kylie is being recruited by newly crowned national champion Penn St. and Final Four entrant Texas as well as several national powers.

ABOVE THE NET–The only thing that could slow Katzy down was an injury to her shoulder last season.

She displayed her desire to return to volleyball prominence after successfully recovering from shoulder surgery in November of 2009 after playing injured most of the season.

She led the Houston area in kills and digs for 4A nearly the entire season.

She overcame other obstacles such as having Texas State rescind their scholarship offer due to concerns for her injury.

She played through this injury partly because she was a coach’s kid and that’s just what you do.

“Her whole life her father has told her, “players never quit!” So, she doesn’t,” says mother Katie, who is the assessment coordinator at Magnolia Junior High. “Katzy is the type of kid that had to play for her team. She is a fighter. She doesn’t give up and pain nor surgery were not going to stop her.”

In Katzy Randall’s tenure on the varsity, the Lady Bulldogs have been a mainstay in the top five in Class 4A, reaching as high as No. 3 earlier this season after knocking off No. 1 Amarillo.

Randall—who registered over 2,000 kills in her career—led Magnolia to the state tournament her sophomore season and the past two seasons, the Lady Bulldogs have bowed out at the regional quarterfinals round and were 39-10 this season under coach Terri Johnson, including a 13-1 district mark, which includes state powers Montgomery and Brenham.

“Katzy is a solid six-rotation player who has a big armswing,” SFA Coach Debbie Humphreys said. “She is also a leader on her high school team that went to state as sophomores and is currently trying to make its way back there again as seniors.

“Katzy is another one of those players who will fight her way onto the court. Her talent level, along with her drive, will make her a great addition to SFA.”

Four players off this year’s Magnolia team signed to play volleyball in college.

Both sisters were named to the all-Montgomery County team, first-team 17-4A all-district and the all-academic district team.

The girls are best friends off the court. Big sister Katzy is the team captain which has been somewhat of an adjustment for little sister to do what big sister says.

Big Sister usually wins.

“Katzy is the vocal one,” says uncle Scott Randall of Rockdale. “(She) takes over games when she gets in her zone. Kylie is the quiet one, but won’t be for long. Her kills bring oohs and aahs.”

“The girls are very competitive spurring each other on during practice and games,” mom Katie says. “They are two years apart and different in many ways except when it comes to volleyball. They love to hit and they love to win.”

Both girls realize, that what they have been lucky to be a part of for almost two years has come to an end.

Thanks to her height and outstanding leaping ability, Kylie is getting early attention from all over the nation and has two more years to keep the family tradition going.

It’s little big sister’s turn now.

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