Lady Bobcats roll through first two playoff matches

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The Byron Nelson volleyball team won its bi-district and area round matches last week to advance to the regional quarterfinals, which was played on Tuesday night against Granbury after the press deadline.

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Coach Libby Pacheco said she has been feeling confident about the way her team has played in the postseason and said she believes that is for a couple of reasons.

“We have some good leaders on the team with experience that have really helped, and I think that we have an expectation now and a culture at the school where we are going to be in the playoffs at the end of the season,” Pacheco said. “When everybody else around you is expecting it, it makes things a little bit easier.”

Nelson defeated Birdville and Cleburne last week to mow through the first two rounds of the postseason, and Pacheco said her team was very efficient along the way.

“I feel like we did a great job of executing our game plan,” Pacheco said. “We knew where we had improved and we knew what we needed to do to be able to win those matches and the girls did an amazing job.”

Pacheco said her team pretty much executed the game plan exactly as it was supposed to throughout the bi-district and area rounds.

“We came out a little sluggish, and I think that was to be expected because we have so many new players,” Pacheco said. “It was their first playoff experience. But they were really strong from start to finish against Cleburne.”

Pacheco said she did not really have any areas of concern heading into their regional-quarterfinal match up with Granbury on Tuesday night.

“I don't have any right now,” Pacheco said. “It's funny, because were sitting around thinking about where we were at the beginning of the season and where the girls are now, and it is incredible how far they have come. I think we are peaking at the right time.

“We're all healthy, knock on wood, and we feel like we are right where we need to be to be successful.”

•  Things did not go as well for the Northwest volleyball team last Tuesday night, as the Lady Texans lost their opening round playoff match against North Crowley 3-2.

Northwest did have an excellent season, finishing second place overall in 4-5A competition with a district record of 11-3, which was the best showing for the team as a Class 5A program.

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