Senior ‘would run through the wall’ to help Lady Panthers

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The Colleyville Heritage volleyball team appears to be picking up right where it left off last season, thanks in part to the leadership of veteran outside hitter Maddie Jones.

The Lady Panthers senior helped lead Colleyville to the regional finals in 2012, and coach Jamie Siegel said that if the team hopes to repeat on that type of success this year, Jones will be a big factor.

“She brings a lot of heart, fire, passion and a killer instinct to our team,” Siegel said. “She is a six-rotation player for us, and she would run through the wall for the team to be successful.

“She is one of our captains this season and the team sees her in that role. Maddie does a really good job of leading by actions as well as her words.”

Jones said that she has tried to accept that leadership role this year and said the most important thing she can do is whatever it takes to help her team win.

“I try to have energy and help the team wherever I can,” Jones said. “Whether that be passing, hitting, supporting my teammates if they're struggling – anywhere I can help out, I try to.”

Jones is undecided on a college yet, but is interested in a couple of Big East schools including Cincinnati, Syracuse and UCONN, and is also a member of the student council at Colleyville Heritage, where she will be taking mostly Advanced Placement courses this school year.

The Colleyville Heritage senior said that she has been impressed by how things are shaping up on the court this season to this point.

“This year, I am shocked how well we are doing,” Jones said. “We are really coming together. Our chemistry is really starting to pick up, and we are doing well.”

Colleyville Heritage finished second in the prestigious Allen Tournament earlier this season, losing to Coppell in the championship game, and had a similar performance at the recent Arlington Invitational.

Jones said her personal goal this year is to do whatever she can to help her team and said the team goal is to make those final couple of steps the Lady Panthers fell just short of last season.

“We are just really trying to make it to state,” Jones said. “I know a lot of the best programs lost some of their top girls, so I think we have a really good shot to get there.”

Jones said in order to accomplish their objective and have a good run in the postseason, it will take a couple of things from she and her teammates.

“I think that we are just really going to have to trust each other on the court and know that we have to do our jobs,” Jones said. “We have to listen to our coach and do what she is telling us to do.”

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