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Volleyball teams exit playoffs, give way to basketball season

Correction: The print version of this article stated that Maddie Jones of Colleyville Heritage is a junior. Jones is actually a senior and has signed her letter of intent to play at Kennesaw University in Georgia next season.

With the volleyball season ending and the girls basketball season beginning in the same week, we’re using this space to wrap up the volleyball seasons for Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine. In the Nov. 26 edition, we will be into basketball coverage.

Grapevine VB ends in quarterfinals

Kori Cooper’s debut as a varsity head coach went about as well as she could have hoped. Hired in late July, Cooper directed the Lady Mustangs to a 32-14 record before falling to Granbury in the Class 5A Region I quarterfinals on Nov. 10, 25-17, 25-11, 25-12.

However, this team became one of the top Class 5A state powers. It ran through District 6-5A (12-0) without dropping a game, much less being pushed in any of the 36 games that it played. While the team breezed through its first two playoff matches against Azle and Burleson, it lost senior right side Madison Trasher to a season-ending injury the Friday before the Granbury match.

The Mustangs lose Trasher, middle blockers Macey Maloney and Abby Lawton, defensive specialist Nicole Taake and setter Chandler Coolbaugh to graduation. However, Grapevine returns setter Renee Townsend, defensive specialist Madi Lawler and outside hitters Payton Gidney, Taylor Kress and Jordan McCalla.

“It was a fantastic year,” Cooper said. “I’m so proud of this group for winning district and making it to the regional quarterfinals. We’re very thankful for the seniors and excited about the foundation we laid out for next year.”

Colleyville Heritage season ends

With near misses to reach the state tournament in 2012 and 2013, Colleyville Heritage wanted to clear the last obstacle in 2014 and make it. However, it wasn’t meant to be.

The Lady Panthers (36-10) saw their streak of consecutive trips to the regional tournament end on Nov. 11 in a five-set loss to Hebron in the Class 6A Region I quarterfinals, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-11.

But the team accomplished a very difficult feat by going undefeated in a District 7-6A (12-0) that included Carroll and Coppell. A strong trio of senior middle blocker Anna Walsh, senior setter Alex Janak and senior outside hitter Maddie Jones led the way. The 2015 roster is also expected to feature defensive specialist Rachel Goodwin and outside hitters Mari Prazak and Lauren Evans.

“I’m very proud of this group and everything they overcame together as a team,” coach Jamie Siegel said. “Sometimes, it doesn’t end how you want to, but these young ladies represented Colleyville Heritage and the coaching staff very well. I’m very proud of them.”

Basketball starts

Grapevine coach Lindy Lombard started her first season with a 1-1 record through its play at Saginaw tournament. The Lady Mustangs lost their season opener to Keller, 44-34. However, they bounced back with a 49-29 victory over Saginaw. Grapevine played at Keller Timber Creek Tuesday and entertains Keller Fossil Ridge Friday.

As for Colleyville Heritage, head coach Dianna Sager’s team is 2-2 through its first week. The Lady Panthers defeated Flower Mound Marcus in the season opener on Nov. 12, 55-47. They went 1-2 in their tournament with a 58-32 win over Keene and losses to El Paso Eldorado (53-44) and South Grand Prairie (39-29). They continued their season Tuesday at Denton Ryan and play host to Crowley Friday.