It’s all in the middle for Central

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Making a run for a district championship is never easy, and there’s always someone special in the middle that helps keep a volleyball team solid and winning.

At Central, again this year, the Lady Chargers have been able to anchor the middle with the return of senior Brianna Dorsey. Last year, Dorsey was named to the Star-Telegram Super Team. And she’s picking up where she left off.

Already well on her way to 300 kills and already over 100 blocks, Dorsey feels that she’s surrounded this year by a more potent offense.

“This year is about what I expected, but we’re a better offensive team this year,” Dorsey said prior to the four-game win over Timber Creek on Friday night.

“Our new additions have really helped,” she said of the influx of younger players, which vaults Dorsey even more into a leadership role for the Lady Chargers.

On the court, Dorsey relishes the opportunity to lead.

“As a leader, I like to show others how I think and how things should go and it helps us all to play better,” she said.

With competitors knowing how talented she is, Dorsey said there are often times she sees two blockers posting in front of her to try and stop her.

“If they put a double-block on me, I try to just find a strategic tip to another spot on the court,” Dorsey said. “We’ll try to get a kill off whatever the play is. We’ll find a way to get a kill.”

Still, there’s more Dorsey hopes to improve upon.

“I work to try to play back-end defense,” Dorsey said. “I’m not the best passer in the nation,” she said jokingly.

Working on the back row and reading defenses are admittedly what Dorsey said she continues to work on for improvement.

“My strengths are being able to hit to an open spot. I think I have good field vision,” she said.

With aspirations to continue playing volleyball in college, Dorsey said there’s still much ahead for Central this year.

Northwest and Fossil Ridge were on the schedule for this week. Next Tuesday, Central gets another shot at Carroll when they host the Lady Dragons, who are undefeated in district play.

“We didn’t play our best last time we played them,” Dorsey said of the first match with Carroll.

Great play as a team is still her primary concern, though, as Dorsey repeatedly stated the Lady Chargers’ intentions.

“If we all play together, we can win state. We can win state if we all play hard,” she said.

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