Junior brings intensity for Lady Panthers

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Anna Walsh has been a big contributor for the Colleyville Heritage volleyball team for two seasons now, and 2013 should be no different for the junior middle blocker.

An all-district selection for the Lady Panthers in 2012, Walsh was part of the deep playoff run Colleyville enjoyed last season, and coach Jamie Siegel said the things Walsh brings to the team are immeasurable.

“She plays with a lot of intensity and fight,” Siegel said. “She is a very intense player and that brings out everybody else’s intensity as well, so that's a good thing.”

Walsh said that she sees her role on the Colleyville Heritage team as doing whatever it takes to help her team win and make the playoffs.

“I try to bring a lot of positive energy to the team and compete day in and day out, whether it’s practice or the games,” Walsh said. “It doesn't really matter. I think overall, I try to put in hard work and show this team that I think we can really go far.”

Walsh said she has been impressed with the effort her team has shown so far this season.

“Right now, I think we have started off really well,” Walsh said. “Pearland (tournament) was kind of a struggle, but I think that was everyone getting used to having a new team and how everyone plays. We placed second at the Allen and Arlington Tournaments, and we were really proud of that.

“I think we've had a very good season to this point, and we're planning on keeping that going.”

Walsh said she has individual and team goals for this season.

“To me, I want to be a great leader for my team and show that I really care,” Walsh said. “I want to give 110 percent every time I go out there. Team-wise, our goal is to go to state and show everyone that they need to watch out for us and that no matter who you are, we are going to do everything we can to beat you.”

Walsh said to repeat on the kind of success Colleyville Heritage enjoyed last year, it will take a couple of things.

“I think we need to work really hard, and then when the playoffs come, we need to play every game like it's our last,” Walsh said. “We have to put everything on our floor, and in practice we work on that. We can't be intimidated by a team or take a team for granted. Regardless of the team we play, we have to play our hearts out every time.”

Siegel said she will rely on the junior to continue to provide good leadership for the team.

“She's a six-rotation player, so she plays all around for us,” Siegel said. “She comes up with some big blocks and she's a huge offensive threat as well, so she's a big part.”

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