After advancing three rounds into the postseason, the 2013 campaign came to an end for the Byron Nelson volleyball team last week as it lost to Granbury 3-2 in the regional quarter finals last Tuesday night.
The Lady Bobcats won the first and third games by scores of 25-22 and 25-18, but were not able to pull out the victory.
“It was a pretty intense battle,” coach Libby Pacheco said. “We knew it was going to be when we went into the game, and I was really proud of the way our kids kept fighting all the way to the end.”
The Lady Bobcats finished up the regular season with an overall record of 27-17 and 13-1 in district competition. It was likely the last program’s last season as a 4A team before an expected move up to Class 5A next school year.
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Pacheco said when she reflects on the season as a whole, she is pretty pleased with how things unfolded for her team.
“Of course, nobody wants to end the season the way we did,” Pacheco said. “But I was really excited about the progress they made. They really seemed to be putting it all together at the right time, and from the beginning of the season to the end, I felt like they grew a lot.
“We grew a lot as a team, skill-wise and in terms of the chemistry factor as well.”
Nelson had four seniors who will be graduating in the fall, including Elizabeth Pennington, Haley Gray, Sarah Borcik and Kelbey Long.
Pacheco said her seniors have meant a lot to the Nelson volleyball program this season.
“They were huge,” Pacheco said. “It was a rough and bumpy start, and definitely without their leadership, this season could have gone pretty bad really, really fast. They stepped it up, though, and we were able to keep it together under their leadership. Obviously, we ended up in the third round, so that was big.
Pennington is going on to play college ball at Texas Women’s University.
In spite of losing the four players from this year’s team, Pacheco said things are shaping up well for next year.
“We have three core players returning at libero, setter and outside hitter,” Pacheco said. “I think they’re going to shape what we do with the rest of our rotation in the off-season.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, because replacing our seniors his going to be difficult. But we have plans in place to get that done.”