Mixed batch for Lady Cats in Pearland

September 1, 2010
BY Matt Welch

PLANO - Through just about one month of non-district competition, the Plano Senior volleyball team has been operating on a relatively even keel.

Laced within the past few weeks of play have been ups, downs, wins, losses, blowouts and nail-biters; form held for the Lady Wildcats over the weekend amid a 76-team field at the Pearland Volleyball Classic.

Partaking in seven matches in one of the state’s largest congregations for volleyball actions, Plano scored a mark of 3-4 over the three-day tournament.

“It was a very competitive tournament,” said Jennifer Cron, Plano head coach. “But it was good for us. It was especially good for us to go away and play teams that weren’t from the area … For our first two tournaments, we played Pearce and Duncanville both times.”

The ups and downs that have characterized Plano’s non-district campaign were evident early on as the Lady Wildcats split their first four matches, dropping the first two and winning the second two.

Plano opened tournament play falling to both Lake Travis (25-15, 25-10) and Clear Creek (25-19, 22-25, 25-20).

But during a tournament that featured widespread contributions, according to Cron, Plano rebounded with a win against Alamo Heights (25-22, 25-16) to close divisional play before being slotted to compete in the tournament’s silver bracket.

There, Plano split with a victory over Clear Brook (25-15, 25-20) and a loss to Highland Park (25-18, 25-19). A two-set loss to Montgomery (25-12, 25-23) rounded out Plano’s stay in Pearland with a third-place finish in the tournament’s bronze division as the final outcome.

“Different people have stepped up at different times,” Cron said. “We saw a lot of things this weekend we need to confront as far as making different aspects more consistent, but we also played some hard-fought matches.”

Among the variety of opponents slotted opposite Plano, the tournament also provided valuable experience to newcomers like sophomores Samantha Seal and Maddie Morell as well as freshman Aubrey Davis.

“Anytime we can get them in as much as we did, it helps,” Cron said. “The seniors have also done a good job leading and letting each other know the expecatations that we have for this season and for each other.”

Back on the court Tuesday night, the Lady Wildcats pounced on visiting Carrollton Creekview to the tune of a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-19, 25-10).

“[Creekview] fought us very hard,” Cron said. “But I liked the way we were passing [Tuesday]; that was great to see and something we’ve been working on. We also had low errors on serving and a lot of aces.”

Plano wraps up non-district play Tuesday against Arlington Martin with a torrid run through District 8-5A commencing Sept. 10 on the road against reigning district champion Allen.

Admitting there are still things to be ironed out in the days leading up to district, Cron remains confident in the strides made thus far.

“I think we’ve surprised some people,” she said. “Because of the people we graduated, there have been others who have stepped up and played well. I think we’re ready for district and we’ll just have to see how consistently everybody plays.”

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