After a rough match against GCISD rival Colleyville Heritage, the Grapevine volleyball team bounced back to have a respectable week.
The Lady Mustangs (12-6) wound up going 7-4 for the week and had a 6-3 showing at the Northwest ISD tournament this past weekend. But it was the last match against Burleson that had head coach Kori Cooper encouraged. Grapevine won a tight three-set contest.
“We played so well against Burleson, I really think that’s going to give us some momentum,” Cooper said. “This is not a process to be rushed with our team. But I like the direction we’re going. We’re communicating with each other better and learning to play with each other.”
The Lady Mustangs went through the week without sophomore outside hitter Jordan McCalla. McCalla has been nursing a sprained ankle. It’s not considered season ending, but it is severe enough for her to miss time. Cooper said she does not want to push anything in recovery.
But the good thing about sports is when someone goes down, it’s another opportunity for someone to step up. That turned out to be junior Payton Gidney.
“She played so well that I couldn’t find a way to keep her off the court,” Cooper said. “This is just going to be another piece for us and add to our depth. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when Jordan gets back. But having Payton is going to be a big help.”
Until further notice, Cooper said she is going to stay with her 6-2 formation because she believes both senior Chandler Coolbaugh and sophomore Renee Townsend will contribute to the team … So far so good with senior Nicole Taake as the team’s libero, Cooper said. Cooper said Taake’s leadership is going to be important in the back row … Following Tuesday’s match at Cedar Hill, Grapevine is off to the Plano tournament and shares a pool with Carroll, Flower Mound and Lake Highlands.
Colleyville Hertiage update
Maybe the reality check from opening week performance at the Pearland tournament was what this program needed, coach Jamie Siegel said.
The Lady Panthers followed up a yo-yo first week and went 9-1 last week. They dropped the championship match of the Allen Tournament to Allen. It also was a good week because junior outside hitter Maddie Jones returned to the team following her absence for undisclosed reasons. She joined the team in Allen. Colleyville Heritage began the week 13-5 before Tuesday’s match at Frisco Centennial. The team is in the Plano tournament this weekend.
“We had had so much adversity in the last three weeks, that we just had to get used to each other,” head coach Jamie Siegel said. “It was more of an identity thing like what’s expected. I think we’re coming through that and getting a better feel for things. It’s about consistency. I think we’re going in the right direction.”
Siegel has been very pleased with her squad’s serve-receive game. Through the weekend, the team had a 2.3 rating. On a scale of three, a one means there’s only one scoring option after the set. A two means there are two. The higher the number, the better the chances of moving the ball and scoring.
“That’s a big help,” Siegel said. “That kind of passing keeps everybody involved.”