Lady Texans raring to go for district opener

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The Northwest volleyball team is picking up steam as district competition nears, and coach Dayna Horak is confident her team is ready to compete.

Northwest will square off with Richland on Friday night at Northwest High School, and this year's district opener will give the Lady Texans an opportunity to exact a little revenge.

“The first district game is always exciting,” Horak said. “Richland knocked us out of the playoffs last year, so we will have that in the back of our minds when we go in there. I thinks the kids will be very excited to get that first district game in.”

The Lady Texans will play their first three district contests at Northwest High School, and Horak said that will really help.

“We've been on the road all through the non-district season,” Horak said. “We've only played one game at home, and that was a scrimmage. So the kids are ready to play at home in front of their crowd and the support you get on your home court will be to our advantage.”

Northwest defeated Brewer on Friday night 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-19), and Horak said that her players adjusted well to a novel situation.

“I thought the team played very well,” Horak said. “We went up against a defense we had really never seen before. They were playing a man-up defense. The girls caught on to where the holes were and were very smart with their hitting. I thought they played very well.”

Horak said she is pleased with what she has seen from her team so far in non-district and said she believes that the schedule has done a good job of preparing her team for district.

“I'm real happy with how we are looking for district,” Horak said. “We still have a few inconsistencies that we need to get ironed out. Mainly, we have to work on our serve/receive passing. We're trying to improve that, but I'm really happy so far.

“We played in three very strong tournaments. We played against some top-notch programs, and that just helps us get better with the competition we will be facing.”

Horak said she has had a great play from a couple of players to this point, as well.

“Shelby Stinnett is playing really well,” Horak said. “She has a real good sense of the court. When she goes up to hit, she looks for the openings on the other side and she can hit the holes. She is a very smart player. Then Brooke Martin, our libero, is playing very, very good. She a great defensive player and is great about anticipating what is going to happen and where the ball will be hit.”

•  Over at Byron Nelson, the Lady Bobcats dropped a close one to Frisco Centennial (20-6) by a score of 3-2 on Friday in Trophy Club.

The Lady Bobcats won games two and four by scores of 25-23 and 26-24 respectively, but could not pull out game five to get the victory.

Nelson played Prosper on Tuesday night after the publication deadline and will open district Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Denton Guyer.

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