Lady Dragon going for two championships

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There actually is a lull during the select volleyball season. You just have to look for it. It’s actually this month, June.

Really, that makes sense, because the national tournament is scheduled for the end of June and the high school season workouts begin the first week of August. After the high school volleyball season ended in November, the club season began in December.

For teams that haven’t yet qualified for the national tournament, scheduled for later this month at the Dallas Convention Center, this is the time for them to scramble to see if they can make it.

Carroll senior-to-be Cat McCoy’s team, Texas Advantage Volleyball, appeared to make it look easy by qualifying in three different tournaments. Not that it’s boring, but they play the game at such a high level, they are hard to beat.

Right now, the team is looking for matches and also spending some time scrimmaging and going through workouts to keep players sharp. The 5-7 McCoy has a twofold reason to make the most of this final run in the select season.

For one, she wants to be at her best so she can help Carroll advance to the Class 5A state tournament for the time in school history. Also, she’s verbally committed to play at Texas, so she wants to maintain playing at a high level. She chose Texas over USC in a decision which she described as very difficult.

“You’re going Monday-Thursday basically doing everything faster and stronger,” she said. “You want to get your verticals higher. This club season, I really wanted to keep improving on my passing and serve receive. I also worked on my serve.”

By no means is McCoy trying to take this lightly. She wants to win, but she also wants to become the leader that the Lady Dragons desire, especially head coach Arthur Stanfield. As the lead defensive player, she’s trying to create better passing angles on tough serves.

In the serve receive game, making sure that your feet are behind you on the incoming serve is important for leverage. It’s that first touch that will set up the rest of the offense. As for the serve, McCoy has been working on a drop. That’s the kind of serve that acts like baseball pitcher’s knuckleball. There is no rotation in flight, and then it suddenly drops. The more firm the strike against the ball is, the better the serve will perform.

The outcome of the national tournament won’t be a precursor to what happens this fall. Becoming stronger on the court and being a leader are McCoy’s job. The Lady Dragons went 47-4 in 2012 but fell in the Region I semifinals to Colleyville Heritage.

“I hope I can be a captain and be a leader,” she said. “I want to make sure we’re all on the same page and help all of the underclassmen. I’ve been in their position. If we can take care of a lot our business, then we’ll have a chance to get to the state tournament. We’ve wanted this for so long.”

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