By Audra Paine, TSB Staff
It was quite a sight walking into McKinney High’s gym Tuesday night and seeing the stands filled with yellow on one side and red on the other.
MHS volleyball fans and McKinney Boyd volleyball fans. They were cheering just as hard as hard as the teams on the court were playing; the players were feeding off of their craziness, taking the energy they gave and making it their own.
Fortunately for the Lady Broncos, a 3-2 victory over the Lionettes improved their District 10-5A record to 9-1 and clinched the district championship. For MHS, the loss was will the last for the seniors and will finish the Lionettes at 0-10 in district play this season. Final set scores resulted in 14-25, 25-23, 25-20, 16-25, and 15-9.
The Lionettes played an incredible match as underdogs agains the defending 6A state finalists. They struggled in the first set and lost by 11, but they came to play and ended up winning the next two sets. After the match, MHS head coach, Jessica Camp summed up her thoughts about the season finale loss.
“I’m just very proud of the way my girls played,” Camp said. “I’m proud of the way they played this season and I’m definitely proud of the way they played tonight.”
The effort from the Lionettes even caught the eye of Boyd head coach of Kelly Quinn.
“They played awesome,” Quinn said. “I knew it was going to be like this tonight. It’s that cross-town show
down rivalry, it gets your adrenaline pumping. They’re learning how to win and eventually they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
Tonight the Lady Broncos had 124 digs and 65 kills against the Lionettes. Megan Mollett led the offense in kills and defense in digs with 23 kills and 33 digs while Kelly Koop raked in 17 kills and 12 digs. Parker Sheperd and Tori Turck led the hitters in assists with 28 and 22, respectively. Kaley Seaber held the defense down with 27 digs on the match.
When asked why she thought the match was forced into five games, Quinn knows her Lady Broncos have had energy issues in the first game coming out.
“I think skill-wise we were a better team and we came out ready to go,” Quinn said. “We’ve always had issues with adrenaline management, coming out and killing it the first game and then we can’t sustain it. We have to balance it out.
“We played the way we should of; they played out of this world.”
Boyd will learn of its opponent and bi-district location on Wednesday. Check back in to TSB for the latest updates.