photo by Vasi Bjeletich
The varsity volleyball team defeated Lanier 3-0 to remain undefeated in District 25 with four games remaining. The team has not dropped a game in their new district.
The team was greatly impacted by the loss of seniors from last year. With the loss of height, the team has still performed at a high level and had few challenges within district play.
“I feel like we don’t have the size that we have had in the past, but we have better athletes,” Head Coach Michael Kane said.
Playing 6A schools and quality competition in tournaments early in the year, the team faced adversity from the start. With the new district a lot different from past years with Austin based schools the primary opponents, the Tigers have had the best record out of all district teams with more ease than in recent years.
“Moving into this district, it’s probably one of the weakest districts in the region,” Kane said.
In order to prepare for the expectation of a playoff run, the workouts might not necessarily focus on building towards their next opponent.
“We’re going to have to amp up our competition in games and situations in practices,” Kane said.
The team has yet to face LBJ, Lockhart, McCallum, and Reagan for the second time before turning to playoffs where they will most likely face the fourth place team from District 26, which does contain some familiar foes in Seguin, Boerne Champion, and Kerrville Tivy from last year’s district.
“This year in volleyball, we have a real chance at making a run deep into the season,” Murray said.
With some important district games coming up in the month of October for seeding and playoffs starting in November, the Tigers will face off against more known teams and game plans after round 1.
“We’ve been doing the same these past couple months,” junior Mackenzie Murray said. “The new district really hasn’t fazed us.”
Written by Collin Spires, Staff Writer