Wednesday , 20 June 2018
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Volleyball Spotlight: North Loses Heartbreaker to Wylie

north wylie vb 3The McKinney North Lady Bulldogs dropped a tight matchup against Wylie Tuesday night at McKinney North in five sets (20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 10-15).

north-wylie vb 2Despite the lost, head coach Shannon Alvarado said her squad, especially her outside hitters, played very well, especially in the fourth set when North came up with some big points to force a fifth set.

Leading the way was Courtney Kankel, as she posted a season and personal best with 24 kills and hit .476 on the night.

Alvarado said Tuesday night was “the best she saw [Kankel] play.”

Alvarado said Kankel, and the rest of North’s outside hitters, did a great job getting key points when it mattered, especially in the third and fourth sets.

Darby Maclea continued to lead the team in aces with two. Ali Michalak, Lindsey Denne and Kankel all chipped in for the teams five aces on the night

The match was a close affair, with Wylie getting out to an early 1-0 lead winning the first set 25-20. North rebounded, however, winning the second set 25-22.

north-wylie vb 1The Lady Pirates were relentless with their attack, and North did all they could counter with strong defensive play, compiling 53 digs for the match. Kristi Carter had a strong night defending the net, clinching nine digs on the night.

Mary Valdez had six digs on the night, also.

Wylie won the third set 25-17, but North was able to force a fifth set, winning the fourth set 25-20.

Wylie came out strong to start the decisive set, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. Wylie would end up winning the set 15-10 to win the match.

Alvarado said to be successful in their remaining schedule, her squad needs to close out games, especially at home.

North, which is now 2-2 in district play, will return to the court Friday when they welcome in Sherman to McKinney North at 5:30 p.m.

And to be successful, Alvarado said, her squad needs to find ways to close out games especially at home. She added the record her team compiled before district play doesn’t matter, and she noted North’s play in its district schedule is “all I care about.”

Photos in top slideshow by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson; photos embedded in story by Jennifer Santos.

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