The McKinney Lionettes dropped a five-set thriller (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 17-15) to 5A-rival Coppell at McKinney High School Tuesday night.
Despite the loss, head coach Jessica Camp said the Lionettes proved they belong.
“They proved themselves tonight,” Camp said.
Camp said her squad fought hard Tuesday night and although having to work through an injury, the Lionettes brought Coppell to the limit.
Camp said Caroline Anderson suffered a high ankle sprain last week during the Frisco Tournament and will miss the next few games leading into district play.
Despite the injury and a shuffled lineup, Camp said the defense was solid throughout the sets, especially up the middle.
The match was an intense back-and-forth affair, and the fans inside McKinney High School, especially the raucous student section, did their best to cheer the Lionettes on against a Cowgirl squad that took first place in the Allen Tournament earlier this season.
McKinney took the first set 25-20, but Coppell answered winning the second set 25-23.
McKinney’s hard-charging offensive attack led them to the 25-17 set-three victory, but a strong Coppell squad was able to force a deciding fifth set by winning the fourth, 25-14.
Camp said she was pleased with how the offense performed, saying she and the coaching staff have been stressing hitting the ball and not tipping it, forcing the other team to play defense and return the hits.
The fifth set was tight affair, filled with intense and strong defense from both sides. It was tied at 14, and teams would trade points for the next few serves.
Coppell, however, was able to bring the score to 16-15 and McKinney was unable to return a hit from the Cowgirls to seal the 17-15 fifth-set victory.
McKinney will be back in action Friday when tit takes on Kennedale at McKinney High School at 6 p.m.
Photos by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson