Hailey Hardy was Huston Academy's first all-state volleyball player. She's also the first athlete at the school to be selected for an all-star game.

Hardy, a junior middle blocker, has been picked to participate in the Texas Christian Athletic Federation Volleyball and Basketball All-Star Weekend Friday and Saturday at Nazarene Christian Academy in Crowley.

Hardy will practice alongside her all-star teammates at 3 p.m. Friday, then she'll be in the Division I volleyball showdown at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

"It's great to see a student have the opportunity to be honored for her accomplishments and for all the hard work she has put in," said Huston athletic director Regis Idemudia. "It's also a special opportunity for her to practice and play in front of college scouts. Hailey is working hard, pursuing her dreams. I hope this shows that at Huston kids have the opportunity to succeed both athletically and academically."

Last fall marked Huston's first season of volleyball. The school also established football and girls basketball programs in its first year of athletics.

"The coaches who have come on to help with our girls are doing a great job. Quincy Hough is our head volleyball coach, and also Brittany Bamber and Valerie Cernosek, they all make the girls better," Idemudia said. "This shows that even in your first year of doing something, you can get somewhere with hard work. We're working to build our programs and help our student-athletes be successful in their endeavors."