Lady Bobcats hitting their stride at the right time

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The Byron Nelson volleyball team swept Wichita Falls and Rider last week with two 3-0 victories and have moved comfortably into second place in District 5-4A competition entering this week.

The Lady Bobcats played Brewer on Tuesday night after the print deadline (see dfwvarsity.com for the result) and will take on Lake Dallas at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Lake Dallas High School, where coach Libby Pacheco said she expects her team to have its hands full.

“Lake Dallas is going to be like a lot of teams in our district,” Pacheco said. “They are going to be really scrappy and getting to every ball. That is what we are preparing for this week. They are also well coached, so we know they will come in with a game plan for us and a couple of our big hitters.”

Pacheco said that one of the things that impressed her most about Nelson's victory over Rider on Friday was the way that her players utilized the things she and her coaching staff had been teaching.

“I was really pleased,” Pacheco said. “We had worked on several different things in practice and we were able to see the results of that in the match. It was very positive for me to see that we are improving. We still have some areas where we need to work, but the girls are committed to getting better.

“We have been working on some out of system play, when things are just not going perfect on our side of the court; we are still finding ways to be aggressive. We were really happy with that.”

All of the Lady Bobcats’ district victories have come at home this season, but Pacheco said she is not that anxious about getting a road victory because she knows her team is more than capable of winning away games.

“We've spent a lot of time on the road in the non-district,” Pacheco said. “We have a lot of players that have enough experience where I don't think that will be an issue for us.”

Pacheco said she has had a number of players heating up at the right time for district competition.

“Our two big scorers, Elizabeth Pennington and Haley Tippett, are playing extremely well,” Pacheco said. “Sarah Borcik has also become a big offensive threat for us as well.”

•  For the Northwest volleyball team, a split last week left the Lady Texans with a 3-2 district mark through its first five games in 4-5A competition and sitting in fourth place in the standings.

Northwest lost to Southlake Carroll 3-0 last Tuesday but rebounded with a 3-0 victory against Keller on Friday, defeating the Lady Indians by scores of 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18.

The Lady Texans played Keller Timber Creek on Tuesday after print deadline and will take on Keller Fossil Ridge at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Northwest High School.

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