Lady Panthers earn payback vs. Trinity

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You could see it coming. When last Wednesday arrived, Colleyville Heritage’s volleyball team could focus on paying back Euless Trinity after dropping the last district match to them in 2012 and costing them a perfect 14-0 season.

It didn’t hurt last year, as Colleyville Heritage went on to the Class 5A Region I championship game. Still, teams will use any and every tool for motivation. Beating Trinity last week served that purpose, which Colleyville Heritage accomplished in three tough sets.

“Trinity is a really good team,” Colleyville Heritage coach Jamie Siegel said. “They are very scrappy and that gets them far. We felt the atmosphere in their gym. It was wild and full of energy.

“We were down the whole first game and didn’t help ourselves with five missed serves. But we found a way. And I think matches like this will make us tougher.”

Because of what was at stake, Siegel opted to play senior outside hitter Chandler Templin, who had missed some time with an ankle injury. She wound up with seven kills for the match. However, Siegel said she didn’t plan on playing Templin on Tuesday against Irving Nimitz.

The utility player

Sophomore middle blocker Allison Jackson has been the steady fill-in on the court if someone is struggling or is hurt.

While she replaced Templin on Oct. 1 against Irving, she didn’t play against Trinity. Jackson, however, was expected to return to the court Tuesday against Nimitz.

“She just has a knack to play middle, right side and outside,” Siegel said. “She’s easy to sub because you can use her anywhere. I train all my players the same way because you never know what could happen and you need them to be in a position. You don’t want them to go cold turkey. Allison has the natural ability to accomplish anything.”

Grapevine taking care of business

It’s like the script was supposed to go this way. Grapevine (19-14, 4-3) finished the first half of District 6-5A play by splitting its final week with a win over Carrollton R.L. Turner followed by a tough four-set loss to Hurst L.D. Bell.

As the second half of the district season began Tuesday against Trinity, the Lady Mustangs were in the midst of their second stretch facing the hierarchy. On Friday, Grapevine plays at district leader Colleyville Heritage.

“We’re competing well with Trinity and Bell, the teams ahead of us,” coach Diane Wilson said. “We’re also playing with confidence against the teams below us. What we have to do is compete a little bit harder. I don’t think we showed up and competed the way we could have against Bell. What we need to do is regroup and just keeping pushing.”

Grapevine began the week alone in fourth place. But it’s becoming a little more clear that the Lady Mustangs could theoretically advance to the postseason with an 8-6 district record. They still control their destiny.

That said, if they lost both meetings to Colleyville Heritage, Trinity and Bell and sweep Carrollton R.L. Turner, Irving, Irving Nimitz and Irving MacArthur, they likely would still be in good shape.

“We had a high-error game against Bell and we made a lineup change,” Wilson said. “We could just not get into a rhythm. But we can’t spend time dwelling on this.”

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