Plano pastes Lewisville|
October 19, 2010
BY Damon Sayles firstname.lastname@example.org
LEWISVILLE – Apparently, Plano Senior and Lewisville never got the memo that a postseason berth was out of their reach.
Tuesday evening, both volleyball teams played as if they were battling for the final playoff spot in District 8-5A.
The teams traded big play after big play, but when the smoke cleared at the Lewisville gym, Plano seemed to make one more play here and there in each game. The Lady Wildcats scored a hard-fought three-game victory (28-26, 25-21, 25-19) over the Farmers.
With the win, Plano improved to 4-8 in district play with two matches remaining in the season. The Lady Wildcats also snapped a five-match skid. Plano last won on Sept. 28, on the road against Plano East.
Lewisville remained winless through 12 district matches.
“Lewisville seemed very excited to play. They played good ball,” said Jennifer Cron, Plano head coach. “We had trouble with their outside hitters. They played scrappy and served well.”
Plano had to fight off a set point to win an extremely competitive Game 1. The lead jumped back and forth, as the match was tied 14 times. The Farmers led, 26-25, before Plano rallied with three consecutive points. A service winner by senior Katie Rainwater gave the Lady Wildcats the game.
Game 2 had similarities with Game 1, as the lead shifted eight times.
Plano trailed early but fought back to take a 16-15 lead on a kill by senior Taylor Story. An ace by senior Kendall Eckerd gave the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.
Plano appeared to have control of Game 3 early.
The Lady Wildcats led, 10-4, before Lewisville made things interesting. Five consecutive points put the Farmers back in the match, but Plano managed to rebuild its lead to six on three occasions.
“The girls fought hard. They hustled after every ball, which was nice to see,” said Jay Samide, Lewisville head coach. “We’ve just got to be a little more consistent. That’s been our problem. We’ll get five or six points, then we give up a few.”
Sophomore Samantha Seal led Plano with nine kills, while Story had eight on the evening. Cron was most satisfied with the fact that several of her players were major contributors.
“We have some injuries and we had new people in,” she said. “It took some time to get their comfort level going. They didn’t stop fighting.”
Lewisville’s Brandi Nickelson led all players with 10 kills while teammate Tammy Leranth added eight kills in the loss.
Plano will try to make it two in a row as it hosts Plano East at 7 p.m. Friday. Lewisville will attempt to get in the win column at the same time, as it hosts district-leader Flower Mound Marcus. The Farmers can help play spoiler with a win, as Marcus needs one to claim the 8-5A title outright.