By Audra Paine, TSB Staff
In the last few months, McKinney Boyd’s volleyball team has shown this town that they are ready to make a return to the state championship.
Last year the Lady Broncos had the 5A title in their fingertips when Coppell swept in and took it, something that the eight returning varsity players remember vividly. Megan Mollett, one of the main cogs in last year’s team and a senior leader this year, describes just how painful that state title loss was a year ago.
“Losing that game was such a heart break,” said Mollett. “The bus ride back home was quiet. Everyone was reflecting on what had happened, and although losing the state game was a feeling I’m sure no one wants to feel, it only worked out for the best.
“In any hard match we play in, we reflect back on the state match. Are we trying hard enough? Are we giving all we can possibly give? Those questions open our eyes to working to our best ability and pulling out a win.”
This year the Lady Broncos came into the season with a clean slate, a brand new district with some familiar foes, and a single goal to make it back to the championship. Not only did they finish 9-1 in District 10-5A play, but they won the district championship and finished the regular season in the top-10 in the state volleyball polls.
However, the only loss Boyd suffered in district play was against the vicious Plano West Lady Wolves, who finished third in District 10-5A behind Plano. On Tuesday, in the UIL regional quarterfinals, for the third time this season, Boyd and Plano West will square off on the court. The two teams split the season series, with each team winning on the road in front of their opponent’s home crowd. This is undoubtedly the biggest match of the three between these district rivals, with the winner earning a trip to Sam Houston State University to play the winner of Westwood and The Woodlands on Friday night.
The Lady Broncos haven’t had to break a sweat in the first two rounds of the playoffs, smashing Dallas Skyline and Naaman Forest both in three set matches. The Lady Wolves have already defended their spot in playoffs by beating Richardson Lake Highlands 3-0 and Rockwall-Heath 3-1.
Boyd and Plano West will square off at Garland Culwell Center on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. This will be the biggest test so far for the Lady Broncos in the postseason, so the only question that remains is: can they get the job done and keep their championship hopes alive?