The season came to an end for the Byron Nelson volleyball team last week as it lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Hebron, 3-0.
Bobcats coach Libby Pacheco said that the Hawks had too much offensive firepower for the Nelson team to overcome, but said her team did give its best effort.
“Hebron was a very good team with a lot of offensive weapons,” Pacheco said. “I am very proud of how we played against a very good Hebron team.”
The team finished the season with a record of 17-16 and 7-7 mark in district competition, capturing the fourth and final playoff spot in District 5-6A.
Pacheco said that she does believe it was a good year for her team and said that her team accomplished what it set out to do.
“Overall, I would say we had a successful season,” Pacheco said. “It was a bit of a roller coaster as we had moments of amazing play and times when we struggled. But we were able to come together for critical matches, especially during district play. We started the season with the goal of qualifying for playoffs and we were able to accomplish that. And along the way I feel like we were able to learn a lot of life lessons that I hope will stay with the players beyond volleyball.”
The Lady Bobcats will lose nine seniors this season, including Ellie Buss, Delaney Duis, Jackie Gray, Raleigh Jenkins, Tori O’Connor, Halle Phillips, Sophia Sheehan, Angel Szymanski and Madison Weber, and Pacheco said they will be missed.
“This senior class has been the largest season class to go through the volleyball program,” Pacheco said. “We had nine seniors who dedicated four years of high school and two years of middle school to this program. Being part of a successful program requires dedication and sacrifice not only from players, but their families as well.
“I have been lucky to have been able to watch these players grow not only as players and teammates, but as young women, too.”
Pacheco said that she hopes her players take away a couple of things from this season.
“I hope that all of these players will be able to look back on this season and realize everything it means to be part of a team,” Pacheco said. “Everyone played a critical role in this team and therefore everyone had a part in every win and every loss. And we tried to enjoy every practice, every match, and every moment we spent together this year.”
Pacheco said that in spite of losing a large number of seniors this year, she is optimistic about the way things are shaping up for next year.
“After graduating a big senior class, I think there is an expectation for a big drop in the level of play for the next year,” Pacheco said. “However, we had very successful subvarsity teams this year with competitive players and there is no doubt they will work hard in the off season to make sure the winning tradition continues.”