High School Volleyball

Top 5 high school volleyball games to watch in Dallas-Fort Worth, Sept. 10, 2019

Luper siblings ready for football, volleyball season at area schools

Chance Luper and Charitie Luper have always been competitive. Now, they get ready to take that edge to the football field or the volleyball court at their Fort Worth area schools. Their father, Curtis Luper, is the running backs coach at TCU.
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Chance Luper and Charitie Luper have always been competitive. Now, they get ready to take that edge to the football field or the volleyball court at their Fort Worth area schools. Their father, Curtis Luper, is the running backs coach at TCU.

Here are the top 5 volleyball games to watch in DFW on Tuesday night.

1. Byron Nelson (27-1) at Lovejoy (29-4)

It’s the battle of the No. 1 teams in the state when the Bobcats and Leopards tip off at 6:30 p.m.

Byron Nelson’s Paige Flickinger (LSU commit) is in the top 10 among the Fort Worth area in total kills this season. Skyler McKinnon (Harding) returned from a concussion last week as the Bobcats continue to play without UCLA commit Charitie Luper (injury). Junior setter Payton Chamberlain is No. 2 in assists.

The Bobcats are the top-ranked team in Class 6A, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association while Lovejoy is No. 1 in 5A. Sophomore setter Averi Carlson was MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year in 2018.

Byron Nelson is 1-0 vs. Lovejoy this season, winning the Northwest ISD Classic title game 25-20, 25-16 on Aug. 17.

2. Guyer (19-4) at Flower Mound (22-3)

The Wildcats and Jaguars meet for the first time since the 2018 bi-district round. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m.

Flower Mound, the defending 6A state champs, knocked out Guyer in the opening round last season in straight sets, 25-17, 25-21, 27-25. Kaylee Cox and Angelique Cyr combined for 19 kills, 5 aces, 9 blocks and 22 digs.

Caroline Dykes posted 16 assists and Sarah Martinez added 29 digs. All four have returned.

Guyer will send out three Division I commits in Brooke Slusser (Alabama), Jordyn Williams (Kentucky) and Hailey Schneider (Arkansas). The Wildcats are No. 13 in 6A, Jags are No. 2.

3. Eaton (23-4) at Birdville (24-7)

Another state-ranked matchup as the Eagles travel to face the Hawks at 6:30 p.m. They split the season series last year with each team winning in straight sets. Eaton won during tournament play.

The Eagles, who started the season with a school-record 16-0 mark, is No. 16 in 6A. Birdville is No. 13 in 5A.

Birdville is coming off its best season with a trip to the 5A Region 1 final last season. Sophomore Maya Duckworth was named all-area newcomer of the year in 2018 after setting a program record with kills in a season.

Eaton setter Addie Ortman is No. 8 in assists in the area.

4. Sachse (25-7) at Hebron (19-9)

The Mustangs take on the Hawks at 6:30 p.m. Sachse enters at No. 17 in 6A.

Sachse has seven losses, but four have come against a team currently in the TGCA top 25, including two against Lovejoy. Hebron defeated the Mustangs last year in Plano, 25-19, 25-23.

Hawks’ hitter Nnedi Okammor is committed to Florida.

5. Lebanon Trail (17-7) at Wakeland (15-8)

The 10-team District 9-5A is well underway and the 3-0 Trail Blazers will visit the 2-1 Wolverines at 6:30 p.m. The teams split last season’s series with Lebanon Trail winning 3-2 and Wakeland winning 3-1.

Lebanon Trail has won 6 straight while Wakeland comes in having won 7 of its last 8.

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