With her team leading crosstown rival North 2-1, McKinney High head volleyball coach Ramon’s Wible’s message to her team before the fourth game of the match was simple.
“Let’s finish this,” she said.
The Lionettes walked back onto the court looking to ‘keep the pace up’ and started off strong with a 6-0 run. McKinney North would eventually close the gap little by little and once again put pressure on the Lionettes all the way to the end. The Lady Bulldogs gave MHS all it could handle but Tuesday night belonged to the home standing Lionettes, who won the Crosstown Showdown volleyball game three games to one (25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17).
“We gave a few away but we battled back and ended up finish strong,” Wible said. “This is our home turf so we wanted to finish strong. It was a good match for us.”
Overall, Wible wasn’t completely satisfied with her team’s performance but was definitely pleased with the outcome of the game.
“It wasn’t the pace that I like to play but a win is a win,” Wible said.
McKinney High managed to take game one fairly easily but the Lady Bulldogs stole momentum in the second game and dominated the Lionettes to tie up the match at 1-1. After the first game, it looked as though McKinney High would roll over the Lady Dawgs for a clean sweep but Wible fully expected Shannon Alvarado’s team to bounce back and she wasn’t the least bit shocked when North tied the game.
“It wasn’t a surprise because North always comes out swinging and you never know what to expect from North. They are always about defense.”
In preparation for its Crosstown Showdown match with North, the Lionettes spent a better part of the week working on their defense, particularly their passing game which was the key factor for the MHS defense. Not only did McKinney High’s veteran players contribute to the defensive effort in the win but also several younger players stepped up for the Lionettes.
“We tried to better our defense this time around and everybody came together and rallied to play a good game,” Wible said.
Standout players for McKinney High included sophomore outside hitter Erin Hoppe, junior, setter Kimberly Blaquiere, and sophomore Megan Drummond.
Wible was also impressed with the performance of her three middles – sophomore Marie O’Dell, and juniors Madison Bennett and Logan King.
“They’re looking great,” she said.
With the win, McKinney High improved to 2-2 in district play and 12-13 overall this season. Meanwhile, McKinney North slipped to 0-4 in district competition with a 7-17 record overall. The Lady Dawgs are currently in last-place in District 10-4A.
Next up for the Lionettes is a home game versus Wylie. The Lady Pirates are currently tied for third-place in the district.
“We really hope this carries on to the next game,” Wible said. “We really need this for Friday. It should help us tremendously.”
McKinney High hosts Wylie Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
McKinney North travels to Wylie East Friday night and plays at 6:30 p.m.
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com