Lady Panthers enter 2013 with momentum

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The following is what the historic 2012 season brought for the Colleyville Heritage volleyball program:

For starters, it summoned state-wide recognition and respect. Then, it showed the sub-varsity players they could compete at a high level and win. Finally, it likely touched the youth in the area who will one day consider playing volleyball.

Now fifth-year head coach Jamie Siegel – formerly deTurck, before she got married in July – has some momentum and the chance to turn Colleyville Heritage from a playoff contender into a state championship-type of contender.

The Lady Panthers are coming off their best season in school history when they went 42-6, won the District 6-5A championship and played in the Class 5A Region I championship game against eventual-two time state champion Coppell.

“It starts with the high school program and then having an impact on the younger kids,” Siegel said. “I went to Heritage Middle School twice a week. Just getting out there and just getting those kids to be a part of this was pretty important. Every year, your talent is going to be different. You’re given what your given, and my job is to figure out where it all fits.”

The dynamics will change for 2013, but the push toward a state championship remains one of the core values for this program.

“Last year, the girls believed and bought into what we were doing,” Siegel said. “I think the mindset is different because now others can see this can be done.”

2013 Lady Panthers

Coach: Jamie Siegel (fifth season)

2012: 42-6 (13-1 in District 6-5A) lost to Coppell in Region I final

Key returners: Alex Janak, Jr. S; Anna Walsh, Sr. MB: Maddie Jones, Jr. OH/RS; Chandler Templin, Sr. OH/RS

Key losses: Kimmy Garnder, OH; Sarita Mikals, OH; Morgan Hatwig, MB; Brooke Hollingsworth, S

Notable: Colleyville Heritage started its season Tuesday against Flower Mound … there are significant losses for this team as Gardner (Mississippi State), Mikals (Houston) and Hatwig (Arkansas Tech) are off in college.

Standing 6-3, Walsh remains a strong offensive and defensive presence … Siegel isn’t sure which way she’ll play her formation this fall. She said she may do both the 5-1 and 6-2 from set to set because she likes the versatility of this team.

“When teams scout us, they have to have more to look at,” she said. “We’re going to be in a position to give different looks.”

This squad isn’t as tall as the 2012 squad, which means there’s not as much power … there are three options at libero, including sophomore Rachel Goodwin, Jones, and junior Ashlan Cunningham. Like the rotations, it’s not clear if that position will be occupied by one player or rotate through all three of these contenders.

Walsh has committed to Virginia, while Templin has committed to Pittsburgh State in Kansas. There are a couple of other players, including Jones and Janak, who are looking at some other schools … Siegel calls the strength of her non-conference schedule an eight on a scale of one to 10 … Colleyville Heritage should be the favorite in 6-5A but will get challenged from Grapevine, Euless Trinity and Hurst L.D. Bell.

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