Keller Citizen

Lady Texans look to move up the ranks

The Northwest volleyball is in fifth place with a 3-4 mark in the district standings though the first half of 5-6A competition, and coach Amy Gaston said confidence is high among her players as the Lady Texans gear up for the home stretch.

Northwest played Denton Ryan on Tuesday and will host Keller Central at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in a game that Gaston said should be a hard-fought battle.

“I think home court advantage [is] for us this time around,” Gaston said. “I think it is significant throughout this district. Central is a fearless team. They are going to come out and hit the mess out of the ball. They really have no caution when it comes to swinging at the ball, and I think that teams like that can be very dangerous.”

The Lady Texans lost to Denton Guyer 3-0 on Friday night, and Gaston said that while there were some mistakes, her team did some good things in the game as well.

“Guyer is a great team,” Gaston said. “Their 7-0 record proves that they are capable of coming in and taking care of business. I thought we played well at moments. We had a poor opening set, but I felt like we got some good things done, and we are sure looking forward to another shot at them.”

With a 3-4 district record heading into the second half of 5-6A play, Gaston said that she feels her team is in a good position to make a move in the second half.

“We saw a lot of good things, and I think we saw a lot of growth,” Gaston said. “I feel a lot better about the first round this year than I did last year, as far as what I feel like our potential is with this team and these girls. It is definitely not a case where they are just like, ‘Oh well, we’re 3-4 and that’s good enough.’ They are hungry for a playoff spot. They know that we have let some matches get away that should have been the other way around as far as a win, and I think that is a positive.

“You really don’t know what your team is going to be feeling after a 3-4 start to district, and I feel like our team is in a good place.”

To have a strong second half run and grab a playoff spot, Gaston said it will take one thing in particular.

“I think the main thing is that we just play consistently,” Gaston said. “We need to come out every night and do what we’re supposed to be doing and continue to be better in practice every day. I have not been displeased with the way that we’ve played when we’ve competed at our highest level. And I think that when we do play at our highest level, we’re hard to beat.”

▪ Over at Byron Nelson, the Lady Bobcats improved to 4-3 in district competition following a 3-0 victory against Denton Ryan last Friday night.

Nelson played Keller Central on Tuesday and will travel to Keller at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.