‘Quarterback’ of Lady Panthers helps team into postseason

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The Colleyville Heritage volleyball team won another district championship this season through hard work, dedication and a strong team effort.

One member of that team who has emerged as a steady force at setter this season is Alex Janak, who coach Jamie Siegel said has been exactly what she looks for from the position.

“Alex has played very well,” Siegel said. “She has done a very good job of keeping everyone involved and being a good offensive threat, as well. She isn't a flashy player. She just goes out there, does her job and does it well.”

Janak said that she tries to bring the things to the team she understands to be her responsibilities in her role as a setter.

“I definitely want to provide leadership, because the setter is like the quarterback on the court,” Janak said. “I try to be loud and let everyone know what we are doing and just be a positive influence for everybody.”

The Colleyville Heritage junior said she feels her team has performed well this year, especially given how hard the team was hit by graduation.

“I think we have done great,” Janak said. “At first, I was a little iffy on how we would do, because last year we lost so many star players, but we have played very well.”

Janak said the goals coming into the season were to win district and go to the playoffs, and said personally her goals were to do her part to help the team win.

“Individually, I just wanted to help lead the team to success,” Janak said.

The Panthers setter said for Colleyville Heritage to have a good playoff run, it will take a couple of things.

“We have to have good practices and stay disciplined,” Janak said. “We have to stay focused on what we are trying to accomplish and not be overconfident. We have to be aware of what our opponents are capable of doing.”

Siegel said that Janak is a big part of the successful season the Lady Panthers have enjoyed, mainly by virtue of playing her position well.

“Being the setter, you kind of decide who gets the ball,” Siegel said. “It is really about making the right decisions at the right time, and helping the hitters get through different situations and keeping everybody positive. So she is very important to the team's success.”

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