The Byron Nelson volleyball team has struggled recently, and coach Libby Pacheco said to get back on track, the team needs to get back to the basics.
Nelson played Keller on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Keller Fossil Ridge at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Fossil Ridge High School. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“They’re really well coached,” Pacheco said of Ridge. “They took Keller to five sets on Friday. I know they will be heading into our match with a lot of momentum and a lot of excitement. They are having one of the best seasons they have had in a while. We expect a lot of offense from them. They have a couple of really good outsides that will challenge us, but I think in the end, if we control the ball and our errors, I think we’ll be all right.”
Nelson lost 3-1 to Keller Central in its district opener last week, and Pacheco said that her team is still making some of the same mistakes that it did during the non-district schedule.
“We’ve been on a four-game losing streak,” Pacheco said. “In the past, we have been able to bounce back out of it, but I can’t pinpoint what it is, but we not playing how we did in the past. We definitely didn’t have a game where we’ve played to our full potential, and Central took advantage of that.”
Pacheco said that the biggest thing facing her team right now has been an issue for a while now.
“It was something that we’ve discussed, and it is pretty basic – we have too many unforced errors,” Pacheco said. “We have not been able to get the ball in play. We uncharacteristically gave up 11 aces, and that was very unlike us.”
Pacheco said she is not too worried at this point, because she believes her team will right the ship, but added that it needs to be done soon.
“It’s the beginning of the district season, so we are definitely not in panic mode right now,” Pacheco said. “But we also know that everybody in our district is playing at a very similar level, so we are going to have to figure out a way to stop giving up so many points.”
The team recently got back sophomore right side Sanaa Barnes from an injury, which Pacheco said has been a boost for her team, and said that her players are confident they can elevate their play.
“There is a little bit of a sense of urgency,” Pacheco said. “They know that we can perform better, and that is reassuring. They know that they are not overmatched. They just need to perform better.”
Over at Northwest, the Lady Texans lost their district opener 3-1 to Denton Ryan.
Northwest played Keller Central on Tuesday after the press deadline and will host Keller at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.