Lady Panthers meet old nemesis in playoffs

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You could have looked at Monday’s Class 5A Region I quarterfinal volleyball meeting between Colleyville Heritage and Coppell as the rubber match.

The two met to determine who was going on to the Region I tournament this Friday in Glen Rose. This was also a rematch of the 2012 Region I championship match that Coppell won in three grinding sets. The game was played after the press deadline; see for the result.

The two matches this year resembled 2012. The two teams split. Each match went three sets because they were in pool play. Coppell won in the Allen tournament, 25-18, 25-27 and 25-23. Colleyville Heritage won in the Arlington tournament, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-20.

But did that two-month gap between the last time these two teams met mean anything? Probably very little, but the programs do know each other. Competition also brings out the best.

“Teams tend to change during the season as far as their tendencies go,” Colleyville Heritage coach Jamie Siegel said. “We both know each other pretty well but the match was going to come down to executing our game plan vs. what they were doing.”

Siegel won the flip to play Monday. Since Coppell played on Friday, she wanted to gain a little advantage because Coppell would have a shorter recovery time.

Of course, there was a lot of turnover from both rosters from 2012. The winner was going to meet the winner of another quarterfinal match between Lubbock Coronado and Arlington Martin in the regional semifinals.

Another 40 spot

When Colleyville Heritage swept Mansfield Timberview in the area playoff match last Thursday at Irving MacArthur, it improved the program’s record to 40-6.

That’s the second consecutive year that this team has reached this plateau. Unlike years gone by, when 30 wins was considered a great a season, that line has been moved because pool play records count toward the season record. So teams can really build their records in August.

“The 40 wins speak well for the girls,” Siegel said. “I just coach them. They’re the ones that go out and go do it. But I think we have something building with kids coming through the program and playing in the club levels to where the commitment is really there.

“This kind of record is a big deal, but it doesn’t define us either. Our goal is to win a state championship no matter what our record is.”

Looking ahead to 2014

Regardless of how this week turned out for the Lady Panthers, the program is in place to where there will be a large contingent of returners for the next campaign.

The Lady Panthers were only going to lose senior outside hitters Chandler Templin, Emily Schrimsher and Rachel Hicks. Without question, that will put a dent in the front line play. However, Siegel has a pretty strong contingent returning, including outside hitter Maddie Jones, middle blocker Anna Walsh and setter Alex Janak. The nucleus is a big factor toward this team making another deep playoff run.

“Things are going well and the girls are responding well,” Siegel said. “They know my style and expectations. It doesn’t matter if we have a roster of players all under five foot or whatever. We always have to adjust but it doesn’t change what we want to accomplish.”

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