Lady Mustangs rolling headed into big match with Bell

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Admittedly, Grapevine head volleyball coach Diane Wilson is in a soft spot of her schedule.

District 6-5A has a distinct gap between the solid and the struggling programs. Of course, the solid programs are Colleyville Heritage, Euless Trinity, Hurst L.D. Bell and Grapevine. The struggling programs are Carrollton R.L. Turner, Irving, Irving MacArthur and Irving Nimitz.

Grapevine (18-13, 3-2 in 6-5A) has taken care of its business by handling the three Irving schools before it played R.L. Turner on Tuesday after the press deadline (see for results). It was likely the Lady Mustangs would win that match before they play L.D. Bell on Friday.

“There seems to be a gap,” Wilson said. “But I feel like in the last couple of weeks, we’ve really done some nice things offensively. We’re getting some good things out of our middles. And that’s something we have to have to be a [playoff] contender.”

Middles Abby Lawton and Macey Maloney have been consistent over the last two weeks with hitting percentages of about 40 percent. Their improvements have come through repetitions and just focusing on their tasks, Wilson said.

While they have been the heavy favorites in these matches, Wilson said her team has tried to put together other goals, such as controlling the pace of the match and being sound with the serving game.

Grapevine keeps an ace/error stat line where the number of aces is compared to the number of serving errors. Only once through the first 31 matches have the Lady Mustangs been negative in that category. This past Friday against Irving Nimitz, the Lady Mustangs delivered nine aces to only four serving errors.

Of course, the serves have a purpose of finding their way into the opposing team’s weakest area on the floor.

“Our serving has been fantastic,” Wilson said. “The aces take away from playing defense. We just have to keep playing our best.”

Colleyville Heritage update

That final District 6-5A match in 2012 likely still burns within the fiber of every Lady Panthers player.

Euless Trinity kept the Lady Panthers from completing a 14-0 season by knocking them off in five games. The Lady Trojans are solid again and the biggest threat to Colleyville Heritage (27-7, 5-0) maintaining command of the district standings this fall.

The two teams meet Friday in Euless and likely will share the district lead at 6-0. The Lady Panthers surely were going to get there with Tuesday’s match against Irving. Trinity had a tougher matchup with HEB rival L.D. Bell.

Lady Panthers senior outside hitter Chandler Templin missed last Friday’s match against L.D. Bell with a turned ankle. It was unclear as to whether she was going to play Tuesday against Irving. However, coach Jamie Siegel said she liked how sophomore Allison Jackson filled in.

“I just do everything day-by-day,” Siegel said. “My goal is to make sure the girls are healthy for what lies ahead.”

Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers are ranked No. 4 in the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association Class 5A poll.

“It means nothing because what’s important is how we finish,” Siegel said. “But it also means you have a target on your back.”

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