The Byron Nelson volleyball team had an excellent showing at the Leander tournament last weekend, and coach Libby Pacheco said her team continues to show signs of improvement.
The Lady Bobcats played Boswell on Tuesday night. The game was played after the press deadline; see www.dfwvarsity.com for results. Nelson will take on Arlington Lamar at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at home where Pacheco said she believes her team will have its hands full.
“They are having a really great pre-season,” Pacheco said. “They have looked very strong in their tournaments, so I think offensively they are going to give us a challenge, and we are hoping to match that with our defense.”
Pacheco said she was very pleased with her team’s performance at the Leander tournament.
“We finished 7-2, which was really, really good,” Pacheco said. “We finished in a three-way tie for first place, and there was a tie-breaking procedure, and things ended up putting us in the Bronze bracket. But we did well.”
Pacheco said there were a couple of things that could have gone better for her team.
“I think that right now what we are looking for the most is consistency in our play,” Pacheco said. “We have some inconsistency in our play. We’ll have an amazing match with everything clicking, and then they next match, we’ll have a let-down, so we’re just trying to find a rhythm over the next couple of weeks.”
Pacheco said she was pleased with one thing she saw from her team in particular in the tournament.
“Defensively, I think we have done a good job reading our opponents,” Pacheco said. “Even when we are facing some really, really strong hitters, we are able to keep that ball in play.”
Pacheco said that setter Delaney Duis had a great game and outside setter Sophia Sheehan had a great effort.
“She has really come along in the last couple of weeks for us offensively,” Pacheco said. “She has become a big leader for us on the court.”
Pacheco said her major objective for her team throughout non-district was to eliminate errors and continue to progress, and the Nelson coach said that her team has done a great job in both respects.
“We talk about it constantly,” Pacheco said. “We see it all the time, especially early in the season, where it’s not always the better team that’s going to win. It’s the team that makes the fewest errors. We’ve done a good job of minimizing those over the past couple of weeks.
“I think that every time we’ve gotten onto the court, we’ve gotten a little bit better. Whether that was in practice or in a match, and we’ve seen constant improvement so far, and it is going to pay off in a couple of weeks.”