With district play well underway on the court, McKinney ISD’s volleyball teams – McKinney Boyd, McKinney High and McKinney North – find themselves in contention heading down the stretch run in the 2013 season.
The two 5A schools – Boyd and MHS – are both in contention in 10-5A standings.
Boyd, the 2012 5A State Semifinalists, have compiled a 25-5 record on the season and are now 1-0 in district play following its four-set victory over Plano West Friday night at West.
West was ranked as the No. 7 team in State 5A standings before its loss to the Broncos, who moved up to No. 3 in the state rankings.
The Broncos have been led by their stout defensive line up the middle, including Montana Watts, who has the most digs in Texas 5A volleyball with 610.
Up front, the Broncos have been led by Jill Duffin and Baylee Bingaman, who are both top 10 in the state for blocks, and Lauren Petrisin (210), Ashleigh Martin (304) and Jordan Kiley (222) are all in the top-20 in kills in 5A volleyball.
With superb defense and an offensive attack that can be explosive at times, capitalizing on opportunities at the net, Boyd could make another run at a Texas 5A state title.
Just down the road, McKinney High is right on Boyd’s heels in the 10-5A standings. The Lionettes are sitting behind Boyd in district standings, sitting at 17-7 on the season, but 0-1 in district play, following their five set loss to Plano Senior Friday night.
Friday’s loss was the second time in two weeks MHS loss in five sets, the previous one coming two weeks ago when McKinney pushed two-time defending state champion Coppell to five sets.
MHS has its own set of playmakers upfront, led by Chase Embry and Erin Hoppe, who sit seventh and eighth in the state in kills with 313.
Like Boyd, the Lionettes have their own defensive specialist, Ashley Robert, who is No. 9 in the state with 369 digs.
While young, McKinney has shown several times so far in 2013 that it can play with some of the best in the state, and all that is left is for MHS to prove they can beat the best.
The final area team, the 4A North Lady Bulldogs, are right in contention in District 13-4A play, sitting at second place with a 4-1 record. North is 13-10 overall and will face Greenville on Tuesday night in Greenville.
North’s Courtney Kankel ranks No. 13 in the state in kills in class 4A with 175, and Darby Maclea is the No. 16 player in the state with 230 digs.
North has put itself in a contending position by playing well in district play, and as North coach Shannon Alvarado said following the team’s five-set loss to Wylie East last week, winning in the district is “all I care about.”