Lady Mustangs junior worked hard to play integral role

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As the district season draws to a close and the playoffs loom in the distance for the Grapevine volleyball team, coach Diane Wilson said she has been impressed with the way several of her players have performed.

One such player is Chandler Coolbaugh, who was not the brightest star for the Lady Mustangs two seasons ago, but through hard work and dedication has emerged as a team leader on the squad.

“She started out on our ninth grade blue team, which is our B team, and has made it all the way to the varsity starting setter in this, her junior year,” Wilson said. “That's a fantastic feat in and of itself, but she is a good leader, as well, leading by example. She pushes herself every day, whether it's at our gym, training on her own during the summer or playing club.”

Coolbaugh said that she has been pleased with the way the Grapevine volleyball team has performed this season and said that she just tries to do her part to help it be successful.

“I try to bring a positive attitude and to be a leader on the court,” Coolbaugh said. “I think we have a really strong team in that we work well together.”

Coolbaugh said she has a couple of goals this season, both personally and as a team.

“Individually, I want to improve my defense and work on being more consistent as a setter,” Coolbaugh said. “As a team, our goal is to push through our difficulties to win against tougher teams.”

The daughter of former Texas Rangers baseball player Scott Coolbaugh, the Grapevine junior said her journey to becoming the starting setter for the varsity squad took some effort.

“Seventh grade was my first year to play,” Coolbaugh said. “When I reached ninth grade, I knew that I really liked this sport, so I just played club and worked really hard, because I wanted to keep playing.”

Coolbaugh said she hopes to play college ball when the time comes and said, for Grapevine to have a good run in the playoffs this season, it will take a couple of things.

“I think we will all have to work together, never give up and to be positive,” Coolbaugh said. “We have to go into each game thinking that we have a chance.”

Wilson said that Coolbaugh has played a pivotal role in Grapevine's success this season.

“She has really taken over the role of setter very well,” Wilson said. “We had started out as a 6-2, but through her consistency, and her play and decision making and leadership, really took over, and we've run a 5-1 all throughout district.”

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