The Byron Nelson volleyball team wrapped up the season last Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to Denton Ryan, and while the season finale did not go as planned for the Lady Bobcats, the important thing is that they were postseason bound.
Nelson played Hebron on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and coach Libby Pacheco said whether the team advanced to the state championship or lost in the first round, the objectives for the postseason would be the same.
“Our goal is to be the best and to play the best that we can be,” Pacheco said. “Really and truly, each individual knows what that is for them. Hopefully, this is not something that they take with them through volleyball season, but through life itself.” See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
Nelson lost to Denton Ryan 3-2 last Tuesday in a game that Pacheco said was not how the Lady Bobcats had hoped they would end the regular season.
“We lost, and it definitely wasn’t what we wanted going into a playoff run, but it also gave us a little bit of an idea of what we need to sharpen up,” Pacheco said.
Pacheco said making the playoffs was the most important thing.
“I think that we play all year for the chance to show up on Tuesday,” Pacheco said on Saturday. “Even though we have been to the playoffs before and we’re a program that’s used to that, I try to get them to not take for granted that not everybody gets to do that. I feel that we’ve had some very good practices where they are really challenging each other, and I feel like we’ve got a pretty good shot to do our best when we step on the floor.”
In their weeklong layoff between the last game of the season and their match against Hebron on Tuesday night, Pacheco said that the focus was on putting everything together.
“Our big focus was on putting a complete game together, both offensively and defensively,” Pacheco said. “I think we’ve struggled to do one or the other for the last two weeks, and that is what we are going to try to do.”
▪ Over at Northwest, the Lady Texans wrapped up the season last Tuesday night with a 3-0 loss to Denton Guyer, and finished 5-9 in conference play for the season.