Lady Mustangs libero an unflappable presence on the court

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Some players can inspire their teammates by their actions, others by their words, and still others by their demeanor on the field or court of play.

Grapevine libero Nichole Taake is one of those athletes who can do all three, and coach Diane Wilson said that it is a very interesting phenomenon to watch unfold.

“Nichole is one of the most even-tempered athletes I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” Wilson said. “She does not get rattled in the heat of competition or give in to her own frustrations, and I think that is what makes her so successful in all three sports she's in.”

Taake also competes in basketball and track and field for Grapevine, and she said when it comes to the sport of volleyball, she tries to bring a couple of things to the team.

“I try to provide effort, hard work and determination,” Taake said. “It's natural for me to be even-keeled on the court. I just don't let things get to me. I try to stay calm under pressure.”

Taake said she wanted to be clear that this did not mean she never felt nervous or pressured on the court, but that she just worked hard not to show it.

“I do feel nervous at times, but part of the fun part is being able to feel the pressure and showing what you can do without getting emotional,” Taake said. “Showing that effort and determination.”

Taake said she has a couple of goals this season both individually and as a member of the Lady Mustangs.

“We just want to continue to improve every week,” Taake said. “Coming together as a team and building good chemistry are important to us.”

The Grapevine junior said she has started to think about college, but is still very much undecided on where she would like to attend.

Wilson said that Taake will be a big part of any success the Lady Mustangs enjoy this season.

“I think the girls find comfort when they are flustered or when we find ourselves in an intense moment, I think they find comfort in talking to her, because she is unchanged,” Wilson said. “She's an intense person, but it does not change the way she responds to things. She is just very mature in how she approaches competition.”

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