The district volleyball season begins Friday night and McKinney High head coach Ramona Wible feels the Lionettes are being overlooked their district competition. MHS doesn’t mind playing the underdog, however, and the Lionettes plan to take the District 10-4A by surprise and hopefully contend for a playoff spot.
“We’re going to be underestimated,” she said. “Some people think we’re the underdog but the underdog bites – at least a Lion does.
In its final game before Friday’s district opener against Wylie East, McKinney High completed a dominating shutout of Little Elm on its home floor. The Lionettes came together as a team for the victory and played as well as MHS’ coaches have seen them all season long. Once district play begins, its important for each team to play at its highest level and although her squad as made strides in non-district play, Wible knows that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“I’d like to say we’re ready but there’s still ups and downs and we have to get through those,” she said. “As coach, that’s on my shoulders and it’s up to me to help get us past those bumps in the road.”
After Tuesday night’s game, Wible highlighted the performance of several girls on the team, including defensive standout Erin Hoppe, Karmen Jackson, who recently returned from an injury and is now back in full swing, and Allison Carlton, who she described as a great offensive and defensive player and one of her team’s ‘best kept secrets’.
McKinney High has put an emphasis on defensive play this season and it’s starting to pay off. Against the Lady Lobos, very few balls hit the floor and the Lionettes ‘were pulling their thumbs up and making great passes’.
“Our hits were where they needed to be and our setters were on,” Wible said.
In order to contend with the rest of District 10-4A, MHS will need to play as well as it did against Little Elm. The road to the playoffs won’t be easy and the Lionettes are going to do everything they can to earn a spot atop the district.
“It’s one of the toughest districts,” Wible said. “It’s going to be an all-out fight to the finish. We’re going to hold our head up and fight for every single point and every single win. I’m looking for good things from us.”
McKinney High hosts Wylie East Friday at 6:30 p.m.
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com