Plano rolling through injuries|
Saturday, August 23, 2008
By Cory J. Mageors, Staff Writer
ALLEN -- Plano Senior sought positive impact early Saturday as it faced a 9:15 a.m. match against Denton Guyer in the Championship Bracket Round of 16 at the Texas Open.
And Lady Wildcats head coach Jennifer Cron remained positive about how the team played under the circumstances of missing senior setter Kiana Parks, who sat with symptoms from a concussion suffered at the Duncanville Tournament of Champions.
“You have to adjust to new people in every sport,” Cron said. “In sports you get new people in and out every year, and even every game, and you have to be able to make that adjustment quickly. I have confidence in them that they are capable, and they know what I expect out of them.”
Parks and senior teammate Paige Webb collided during Plano’s Saturday afternoon match against Plano East. Parks finished the tournament, but will not be cleared to play until next week. For now, her communication skills and positive attitude on the court will be missed.
That showed against Guyer, as Plano was unable to piece together extensive scoring streaks early in each game.
“We fell behind early in both games,” Cron said. “It’s kind of difficult to dig yourself out of a hole like that against good teams; and all of the teams here are good.”
Guyer opened Game 1 with a 6-1 run to take an early lead.
Plano stayed in it with scrappy defense, matching the competitive defense of Guyer. Trailing 14-9, the Lady Wildcats eventually clawed their way back into the match with a 9-2 run. Later in Game 1, Plano tied things at 24-24 and eventually secured a one-point advantage.
Senior Carly Hoeler as well as sophomores Taylor Story and Maddy Haas forged the way for Plano. Guyer, however, closed it out by tying the game, taking a lead of its own and eventually winning, 28-26, with three consecutive points.
Heading into Game 2, Cron hoped Plano would learn how important it is to come out strong in Game 1.
“You always want to come out and make a statement in the first five points,” she said. “You want to score early and often. We just didn’t do that today.”
Plano took a 6-4 lead in Game 2 with strong play again from Hoeler, Haas and Story. But Guyer capitalized on passing errors and scored four straight to go ahead, 8-6.
The game continued bouncing back and forth, but never back into the favor of Plano. Though, it stayed within a few points, Plano struggled to score more than two points at a time. Guyer abided by the same trend; but with a lead, it was able to secure the 25-21 victory and move into the Texas Open Quarterfinals.
“We still want to play good volleyball,” Cron said about the remainder of Plano’s tournament. “We just started off slow and weren’t able to recover from that slow start.”
The Lady Wildcats day only lasted one more match though as Plano was bounced from The Bronze Division by Rowlett.