Stanfield sets career milestone with Lady Dragons

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Carroll volleyball coach Arthur Stanfield reached another milestone last Friday against Keller Timber Creek.

When the Lady Dragons (35-1, 7-0 in District 4-5A) swept the Lady Falcons, Stanfield picked up his 200th career victory in Southlake. He arrived in 2009 and has averaged a little more than 40 wins per season. Not only is that consistency, it’s a program.

“We have good facilities, the kids are playing ball every day and there is dedication,” he said. “It’s definitely not all of my coaching.”

Carroll should hit the 40-win mark on Oct. 22 when it plays Keller Central. It was a bit of a tougher week last week. The Lady Dragons struggled in the first set against Keller before winning it and sweeping.

The Lady Dragons controlled the match against Timber Creek, even though there wasn’t the dominating scores fans are used to seeing. Carroll began the second half of the district season Tuesday against at Keller Fossil Ridge and will play at Richland on Friday.

“Against Keller, I thought Keller played pretty well in the first set,” Stanfield said. “Our kids had some communication errors and we fought off two set points. We played pretty well in the second game, and so I decided to play the reserves in the third game.”

Stanfield said there may have been a respect issue, because the junior varsity team had beaten the Keller varsity in a tournament earlier this year. But in that match, Keller was missing its setter and libero, Stanfield said.

“The challenge we stressed to the girls is that they didn’t have to look at the scoreboard but to be concerned about how we’re playing

“We talked about communication because there were three points we lost, because we couldn’t communicate. We got away with that. But a month down the road if we do that in the regional quarterfinal, we may lose that set and be one step closer to elimination. Those are things we have to think about.”

Of course, the motivation to go 14-0 and win all 42 sets in the district season continues. If this team accomplishes those goals following the Oct. 29 finale with Timber Creek, it will get Saturday Oct. 30 off. This team has worked every Saturday since the season began.

Travel schedule

Carroll really doesn’t have far to go for its away games in district. Nonetheless, there is a routine that Stanfield embraces.

The Lady Dragons will eat at the same local restaurant and then depart for the school. Once they arrive at 4:25 p.m., he wants his team to be on the court by 4:35 so it can have a long and productive warm-up. Study hall is also part of the road trip. But then that model of success has followed Stanfield in the 30 years he’s been doing this.

“We try to be pretty consistent and approach things in a consistent manner,” he said. “We are very regimented.”

Notable

Look for junior middle blocker Madison Drescher to stay on the right side, Stanfield said. That seemed to work last week, as she had 11 kills against Keller and 12 against Timber Creek ... Here are several notable stats from the first half of District 4-5A play: Drescher has 60 kills and 16 blocks, Haley Hallgren and Mykah Wilson each have eight serving aces. Wilson also has 79 digs. Setter Audry Alford has 60 assists.

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