It’s a brave new world for the Byron Nelson athletics programs. It just so happens that the volleyball team takes the first dip into the unknown.
Following the University Interscholastic League’s realignment on Feb. 3, Nelson moved into Class 6A (the renamed highest classification) and is grouped in 5-6A with Northwest, Denton Guyer, Denton Ryan, Keller, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Central and Keller Timber Creek.
Head coach Libby Pacheco, who begins her sixth season running the volleyball program (fifth year as a varsity program) has been through the battles at the highest level in Texas high school volleyball. She was at Colleyville Heritage before she came to Nelson.
“It’s a challenge, but we spent all spring preparing for this,” Pacheco said. “The girls understand that the games will be a battle and that they can’t take any games off. This is just a different kind of volleyball.
“In 4A (now re-named 5A) you knew there were some games that if you weren’t at your best, you still may win. But at this level, you can’t afford to have a bad night.”
Pacheco has been very successful in her run at Nelson. She’s taken the Lady Bobcats to the playoffs in the last three seasons (the Lady Bobcats lost the play-in game to make the playoffs in their first varsity season).
The question will be whether this group has enough to reach the postseason in its first 6A season.