Lady Wildcats break even in first two under Cron

August 15, 2007
By Travis Summers, Staff Writer

PLANO - When McKinney Boyd head coach Kelly Quinn first told Allison Frizzell that the University Interscholastic League lifted its rule prohibiting liberos from serving this summer, the Lady Bronco defensive specialist immediately felt pressure.

After spending all of last season not having to share the responsibility of serving, Frizzell says she got comfortable not having any of the pressure that comes from beginning a play.

But Frizzell did just fine in her varsity serving debut, serving up the final six points to clinch a 3-1 victory against Plano Senior in the final match of Tuesday’s tri-match competition hosted by the Lady Wildcats.

“Jessica Hanson and Maggie Bates did awesome for us last year on serving and I knew I was going to have to take some of theirs,” Frizzell said. “At first I didn’t think I was up for the challenge, but now it’s exciting.”

Quinn wasn’t as apprehensive about the rule change as Frizzell.

“I love the new rule,” Quinn said. “(Frizzell) was so awesome; she’s got one of the best arm swings on the team and what’s funny is I couldn’t use it last year.”

Boyd won the match’s first game, 25-22, as senior outside hitter Kaylyn Frink recorded three straight kills to finish the game.

The Lady Broncos took advantage of eight Plano errors in the second game to take a two-game advantage, 25-22. A large reason for the errors was an aggressive approach from Boyd’s front row. Still, Lady Wildcats head coach Jennifer Cron said her team has no one to blame but themselves for the mistakes.

“Any errors on us are our errors,” Cron said. “The control issues we had on our side are a good thing because we can fix those this early in the season. [Boyd] got some good shots in tonight, and they were the better team.”

Plano did manage to comeback and take the third game, 25-18, but the Lady Broncos sprinted out to an 8-3 lead to begin the fourth game and would eventually finish off the match, 25-13.

Things weren’t all bad for Plano Tuesday though as the Lady Wildcats picked up their first win of the season, and Cron’s first victory at Plano, by defeating Sachse in three games.

The Lady Mustangs were most competitive in the first game, but still fell behind with a 25-16 loss. The Lady Wildcats kept the pressure up in games two and three, winning 25-13 and 25-12, respectively.

Plano is 1-1 on the season and will be participating in the Duncanville Tournament tomorrow. The Lady Wildcats will see plenty of familiar faces at Duncanville High School as District 9-5A rivals Plano West, Plano East, Allen and Lake Highlands are all scheduled to be competing at the event as well.

Staff Writer Kevin Hageland contributed to this report

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