If there's ever been a better start to a volleyball season at Weatherford High School, no one's mentioned it.
But then, it would be hard to top what the Lady Kangaroos have done so far in 2016. Entering this week they posted a 25-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in District 3-6A.
"This has to be the best record that Weatherford Volleyball has ever had," head coach Natalie Gonzales said. "I don't have the stats for previous years but I've never heard of Weatherford only having two losses on the year up until now."
Either way, this season has WHS volleyball fans excited. Gonzales said the response throughout the community and school district is nothing but positive.
"We have had so much support. Teachers, coaches of other sports, my students' parents, community members, etc. Everyone just seems to have so many positive things to say about the girls and the program," she said.
When Gonzales took over in 2013, the Lady Kangaroos were a struggling program. In each of her seasons they have shown improvement, and now they are among the best teams in North Texas, perhaps even the state.
"It's incredible how well the girls have done increasingly better through the years. We obviously have a very good team this year and really what I'm focused on for this year is the playoffs and how far we can get," Gonzales said.
"The bond our team has is incredible and is a great advantage when we're on and off the court," said sophomore Carissa Barnes. "We've been fully dedicated to early morning practices so we can fulfill our goal of going to the playoffs.
"This season has been and will be one of the greatest."
The Lady Roos have not reached the postseason since 2009 and they haven't advanced past bi-district since 2001.
"Everyone on the team has a want and desire to win," junior Gracie Dorris said. "Nobody slacks off in practice or the weight room. Everyone gives 100 percent, and if we aren't working hard enough, we are sure to hold each other accountable.
"We support one another and want to succeed not only for ourselves but for each other. We don't just receive support from one another, but we also get so much encouragement from our school and community. We want to win and make them proud."
To which junior London Austin-Roark added, "So far this season has meant unity to me. I have learned how to not only play with a team but to play entirely for my team."
And there's optimism that this season is only the beginning for the Lady Roos' great success. They do not have a single senior on the roster.
"It looks like if we can keep everyone healthy we should have an even better team next year," Gonzales said.
"Our district is going to be tough. I don't think we have an easy road ahead of us, but I know if our girls come out and play like I know they know how we should be very competitive."
WEATHERFORD LADY KANGAROOS (25-2, 2-0 in District 3-6A)
Defeated Keller Timber Creek 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 25-16
Standouts: Kaitlyn Rogers 7 kills, 16 digs, 39 assists; Lond Austin-Roark 17 kills, 8 blocks; Carissa Barnes 16 digs; Reagan Hubbard 16 digs; Gabby Huggins 9 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs; Layne Wilsky 10 digs; Alyson Ross 7 digs.
ALEDO (24-8, 2-1 in District 6-5A)
Defeated Azle 25-10, 25-6, 25-14
Standouts: Madison Goings 10 kills, 5 aces; Emily Smith 6 kills; Erin Weiss 27 assists; Brecken Roquemore 5 kills.
Lost to Boswell25-19, 25-19, 25-14
Standouts: Madison Goings 9 kills, 16 digs; Erin Weiss 29 assists; Emily Smith 7 kills; Amanda Norman 6 kills, 4 aces; Allegra Rivas 10 digs.
Defeated Krum 25-23, 25-18, 25-20
Standouts: Ciarra Wright 23 digs, 10 kills; Kennedy Warren 17 kills; Baylee Hull 10 kills.
POOLVILLE (13-6, 3-0 in District 9-2A)
Defeated Newcastle 25-17, 25-11, 25-18
Standouts: Billie Roberts 8 kills, Scye Dreadin defense.
Defeated Alvord 25-11, 25-7, 25-18
Standouts: Roberts 8 kills, Kaillie Cumbie and Trinity Johnson numerous assists.
Defeated Bryson 25-10, 25-14, 25-15
Standouts: Roberts 12 kills, Hailey Terry 6 blocks.
WILLOW PARK TRINITY (21-5, 2-0 in TAPPS District 2-A)
Defeated Fort Worth Calvary 25-6, 25-2, 25-9
Standouts: Kayla Deneefe 7 kills, Emma Kalbfleisch 6 kills and 4 aces, Anjal Leopold 22 assists and 3 aces.
Defeated Watauga Harvest Christian Academy: 25-3, 25-6, 25-11
Standouts: Shelbi Tidwell 17 assists, 4 aces, 4 kills; Kayla Deneefe 10 kills; Erin Kalbfleisch 5 aces and 3 kills.