McKinney Boyd’s athletic department has enjoyed much athletic success in its short, 6-year existence as MISD’s newest high school. The volleyball team can state its case of being one of the most successful on campus, and this season is a shining example.
Coach Kelly Quinn has guided this program since its inception. The Lady Broncos have been regular participants in postseason play, and in 2007 the Lady Broncos made it to the Regional finals. Quinn and her staff seem to have developed a winning formula that is the foundation of this success using the formula’s tenets of team chemistry, team depth that fosters healthy competition and exemplary character. The 2011 season appears to be another banner year for the “Ladies on Lake Forest.”
With a season record of 37-5 overall and 12-0 in District 10-5A, the Lady Broncos are currently ranked No. 2 in the area by the Dallas Morning News and No. 5 in the state in the coaches’ poll. The team’s record is even more impressive as 29 of their wins have been either 2-0 or 3-0 match sweeps.
Even with this winning resume, Quinn knows that the team’s job is not complete
“2011 has been a very unique year,” Quinn said. “Our team has played very well, and although we have clinched a playoff spot, we still have two games left in our season and then playoffs begin.” Quinn added that with the team’s special talent, focus and work ethic, its goal is to win a state championship.
“The Chemistry on this team is incredible,” Quinn said. “Our girls have been playing together for a long time, they are dedicated are truly supportive of each other. We have many leaders on the team, our senior leadership is outstanding, the girls take care of any issues off the court themselves so they can fully concentrate on doing their best during the matches.”
Senior captain Drew Darling is among those leaders. This is her 4th year on the varsity and has the opportunity to be the first player in Boyd’s history to have played in every match of her high school career. Darling echoed her coach’s assesment.
“Our team chemistry is awesome,” Darling said. “We all get along well and we push each other to do our best.”
Junior captain and libero, Kaley Seaber, said the years playing together make a difference.
“Our experience has helped us this season,” Seaber said. “The competition is there. We push each other to do our best, and we know that anyone on our team can come in and help the team. This keeps us sharp.”
Senior Alley Combs, a third-year starter, and junior Meaghan Mullet also received high praise from the coaches for their contribution this year.
The 2011 team is deep in talent, and the competition for playing time is at times fierce. Quinn said that many things go into making a special team, especially competition.
“The girls know that Coach (Laura) Brash (a 4th-year Varsity Assistant) and I are a united front,” Quinn said, “and our goal is to have the best team on the floor at all times. The players take ownership for their play on their own and know that if their play slips at any time any one on the team can come in and contribute.”
With such emphasis on playing at such a high level, one would think the team would not have time for much
else. But it doesn’t take long watching the Lady Broncos play to see that the girls are actually having fun playing with and for each other. Throughout the entire game, highly intricate forms of “high fives” that are specially scripted for each game and for each team member are shared after each break in the action.
“Our girls have fun,” Quinn said. “They are not only talented athletes but they are great students with great character as well; after the first nine-week grading period, all 52 girls in our program, including managers, had a 100 percent passing grade in all their classes!”
The Broncos end their regular home schedule this Friday, Oct. 21 against Sachse and finish their regular season on the road against Naaman Forest. Then come the playoffs.
No one can tell the future and nothing is ever for certain until it happens, but with such an emphasis on chemistry, competition and character the 2011 Bronco Volleyball Team is poised for a deep run.
If you come out and support the Broncos, who knows, you may even learn a new way to high-five!
-Story by Harvey Oaxaca, TownSquareBuzz.com contributor