Coach heading for 200th win with Carroll as Lady Dragons aim for 42-0

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For at least the 20th time in Arthur Stanfield’s 29 years of coaching, his program has reached the 30-win plateau.

Carroll’s head coach is sitting well over 950 career wins and should reach 1,000 in 2014. He should reach 200 wins as the Carroll head coach when the Lady Dragons (31-1, 3-0 in 4-5A) play Keller Timber Creek on Oct. 4.

“It basically comes down to several things,” Stanfield said. “You have to have a good returning group. It would be hard to have a new varsity team and pick up where you left off. You need good athleticism. You need a solid setter and one or two people who can put it away.

“It also comes down to the fundamentals. You just don’t ever want to beat yourself.”

What Stanfield has learned in this game is that there more points won than lost because of hitting errors, communication errors and just simple mistakes. Knowing that, Stanfield has taken the approach of concentrating on what his team can control.

The idea is that if a team can reduce the number of mistakes and make the other team beat you, your team is always going to have a good chance in winning.

“If they beat you, you just shake hands at the net and try again the next day,” Stanfield said. “The important thing is to eliminate the little things.”

Carroll’s consecutive match winning streak stood at 23 going into this week’s home matches against Justin Northwest and Keller Central.

Looking at 42

The number 42 is symbolic in sports history. For one, it’s the jersey number worn by Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. His number has been retired by Major League Baseball.

Now, on a smaller scale, 42 symbolizes the number of sets Carroll has to win in order to go undefeated (14-0) in District 4-5A play. Of course, the Lady Dragons can get there by dropping a game or two. But that’s not the idea around this program. There is the push to go 42-0.

The talent is there to do it.

“We want to do three things,” Stanfield said. “We want to win the district championship. We want to go 14-0 and we want to go 42-0 in those 14 matches.”

That goes back to what Stanfield said earlier about his team controlling its side of the net. For example, if the Lady Dragons win a game 25-10 but don’t play well, Stanfield said that can still serve as a teachable moment. But if his team wins, 26-24, and both teams play well, then he can live with that as well.

Briefly…

With sophomore middle blocker Elizabeth Augustini (ankle) and senior outside hitter Katie Martin (ankle) pretty much over their injuries, Stanfield proclaimed this team as healthy as it has been all season … In fact, Augustini worked her way into the first and second games Friday against Haltom because junior middle blocker Kelsey Walter dealt with an illness … Stanfield may do a little more experimentation with his lineups as the season progresses and opt out of the plan to play his starters in the first two games and reserves in the third.

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