Lady Panthers begin preparing for postseason

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Coaches who know their teams are playoff bound well before the regular season has ended rarely shy away from talking about what they want to do in the postseason long before they clinch a spot.

Colleyville Heritage coach Jamie Siegel is one of those. As the Lady Panthers (32-6, 9-0 in District 6-5A) inch closer toward clinching a berth – they should do that this week – she’s preparing her team for the postseason. In this final stretch, Siegel is setting up drills, practices and other disciplines.

“As coaches, we have to keep looking forward,” Siegel said. “The girls may not know that’s our intention. But they also know they should expect themselves to be in the postseason. When we set a standard, everybody has to meet it or there are consequences.”

Colleyville Heritage had a likely breezy week this week against Carrollton R.L. Turner and Irving MacArthur and led the district by two games over Euless Trinity and Hurst L.D. Bell. The squad is coming off a solid week were it handled Irving and rival Grapevine in three sets. Colleyville has yet to lose a set in its first nine matches.

However, the start against Grapevine wasn’t easy. Colleyville Heritage fell behind in the first set, 10-4, before rallying to win.

“We were sloppy,” Siegel said. “But we got it together. Being down, the thing about this team is that they could be behind 19-1 and their faces don’t show it. They stepped up and took care of business.”

A new wrinkle

Colleyville Heritage’s offense runs through such outside hitters as Maddie Jones and Chandler Templin and middle blocker Anna Walsh.

But over the last week, Siegel incorporated a new look in senior outside hitter Rachel Hicks. In the win over Irving, Jones, Templin and Hicks each recorded 11 kills. Hicks has basically played her way into becoming a part of this offense. The more options, the better.

“It’s just another threat,” Siegel said. “We’re spreading the offense out, and you can’t run middle every time. You have to be ready to use everybody. My 10 players are a lot more confident in everything they do.

“Rachel has done a great job putting herself in this position. She’s gotten a lot smarter with her shot. Things are coming together for her.”

Notable

The Lady Panthers are ranked No. 3 in the latest Class 5A Texas High School Coaches Association poll behind The Woodlands and Southlake Carroll …Templin (ankle) still isn’t 100 percent but Siegel said she’s well enough to play.

Grapevine update

The Lady Mustangs (21-14, 6-3) put themselves right in the middle of the race for second place with an important five-set victory over Trinity on Oct. 8. Despite the loss to Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine knows it has a chance. Positioning is important because of the draw. Grapevine played Irving MacArthur and Irving this week.

“I saw a great bounce back,” head coach Diane Wilson said. “We competed and beat teams that we had lost to before. Now they know they can do it. We can play to the top of our game. Now, we can also start talking about seeding.”

Meanwhile, junior outside hitter Abbie Lawton is hitting .300 in district play.

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