Northeast Tarrant

Lady Dragons senior has high expectations for 2016

Haley Hallgren will be playing sand volleyball in California this summer.
Haley Hallgren will be playing sand volleyball in California this summer. Special to the Star-Telegram

Haley Hallgren has proven to be a force for the Southlake Carroll volleyball team, and there are a number of reasons why.

The Lady Dragons senior is a great team leader with a strong skill set, and perhaps most important of all, she has the ability to play all over the court.

“The first thing is her versatility,” coach Ryan Mitchell said. “She is an outside hitter, but she can also set, she can play defense, she can do what she wants. The other thing is her experience. She plays high school, club and beach volleyball. She competes at a high level, and it shows on the court.”

Hallgren was selected to the first team all-state squad this past season, and while she was happy with some of the accomplishments her team made, she said she felt like it was capable of more.

“I think overall we performed really well,” Hallgren said. “We went undefeated in district, which is very difficult to do. However, the end was disappointing. Everyone loses at some point, but it's hard knowing it was far from your best play.”

The Lady Dragons defeated DeSoto in the opening round of the playoffs and Allen in the area around, but came up short in the regional quarterfinals against McKinney Boyd.

Hallgren, who is also a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club at Carroll, said she is traveling to the west coast during the off season to prepare for the fall.

“I actually am doing beach training all summer in California,” Hallgren said. “Which will in turn improve my vertical and speed as well as my defense for indoor.”

Hallgren said she is optimistic heading into the coming season and said that her expectations for how far her team can go are pretty high.

“I believe that we have lots of strong players this year, so it is all about team chemistry and quickening our tempo,” Hallgren said. “We have a very senior-heavy team, so I believe we need to capitalize on the experience we have.”