While the season has not been without its struggles for the Byron Nelson volleyball team, the Lady Bobcats wrapped up a playoff spot last week and things appear to be headed in the right direction.
One of the big reasons for Nelson’s success this season has been the play of Delaney Duis, the setter who has been an anchor for the Lady Bobcats varsity program for four years.
Coach Libby Pacheco said that Duis’ contributions to the team have been immeasurable and said that she brings a lot to the table as a player.
“Delaney is the backbone of our team and has been all season,” Pacheco said. “She is the leader for us on and off the court. She sets the tone in practice with her hard work and competitiveness. We would not have had the success we’ve had over the past four years without her.”
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Duis said she embraces the leadership role on her team and said she wants to help her team be the best it can be.
“I kind of bring leadership and positivity and trying to just make everyone’s game better,” Duis said.
The Lady Bobcats have struggled at times with consistency this season, but Duis said that she really likes this year’s program.
“This year’s team has been one of my favorites,” Duis said. “There’s nine seniors this year, so we’ve all been playing together for a long time, and so it’s been fun to have this last year together. We haven’t been as successful as we’ve been in the past years, mostly because we’ve been kind of lacking on height. But there’s a lot of defensive players, and it’s been fun to be with a scrappy team.”
Duis, who said her favorite past time is reading, said she has goals this year both personally and for her team.
“Personally, I wanted to try to be the best leader I could be for this year,” Duis said. “I knew we were going to have a lot of adversity, but it’s been fun to trying to bring everyone together and face all of that.”
Duis said her goal for the team is to make it as far as possible in the playoffs.
Pacheco said that Duis, who will play collegiately at the Colorado School of Mines next year, will be sorely missed when she graduates at the end of this school year.
“We lean heavily on her leadership,” Pacheco said. “Since this is her fourth season in the gym with me, she has become almost an additional coach in the gym and during our matches. Her teammates have a lot of trust in her and they rely on her leadership.”
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