The McKinney High volleyball team continued its strong start to the season Tuesday night, defeating Frisco Wakeland in three sets (26-24, 25-21, 25-21) at MHS to improve to 14-4 on the season.
Despite another strong outing, head coach Jessica Camp continued to harp on the unforced errors her squad made during the match.
Although Frisco Wakeland came out and gave the Lionettes a competitive matchup, Camp said it wasn’t so much of what they were doing to her squad; instead, what her players were doing to themselves.
“We need to clean that up,” Camp said of her team’s errors.
She continued by saying the team’s performance was similar to how they played during the Texas Open in Allen last week.
Camp said her team started the event slowly and made numerous errors, but when the games became serious “we did what we needed to do” and played clean volleyball en-route to a top-10 tournament finish.
Camp, however, said, she was pleased with how her girls attacked the net Tuesday night and created scoring opportunities.
“We try to earn our points instead of waiting on them to mess up,” she said.
Early in the match, however, it was the Wolverines who were taking it to MHS, with Frisco Wakeland gaining an early 7-3 lead in the first set.
The Lionettes would rally, though, to tie the game at 20 and eventually win the first set 26-24.
McKinney flipped the script to start the second set, building a quick 10-6 lead. Frisco Wakeland, however, continued to be competitive, keeping rally’s alive and attacking MHS.
The Wolverines, although keeping the set tight, could not keep up with McKinney and dropped the set 25-21.
The third set saw McKinney once again come out to a big lead – 10-1 – but the Lionettes would squander that lead, allowing Frisco Wakeland to tie the game at 14-14.
The set remained tight throughout, but the Lionettes would eventually pull away winning the set 25-21.
Ashely Robert led MHS with 20 digs Tuesday night, and Caroline Anderson Contributed 10. The Lionettes had 64 digs on the night. Claire Embry and Erin Hoppe combined for 19 of the team’s 38 kills – Hoppe with eight and Embry will 11.
The Lionettes will return to the court Thursday to take part in the Frisco Tournament and will return to MHS on Sep. 6 to take on Rowlett.
For Tuesday’s volleyball scoreboard, please click here.
Photos by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson