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Volleyball to host Argyle in home opener

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Shae Daugherty
The volleyball team will defend their home court for the first time this season tomorrow night against Argyle.

The volleyball team (27-7) is 34 games into the season, but has not yet been given the chance to defend its home court. Tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m, the Leopards will get to do just that, as they face the Argyle Eagles (14-14) in their home debut.

“The girls are extremely excited to finally get an opportunity to play on our home floor in front of their friends, fans, and family,” head coach Jason Nicholson said. “Argyle is a very good team that competes at the 4A state tournament almost every season, so they’re going to bring their A game. Hopefully, we can go out and get a win.”

After a tough five-set loss to Prosper last week, the Leopards were able to come out with a 3-1 win versus McKinney Boyd on Tuesday night.

“Neither one of [the teams] probably played at the level we have been playing at for the last couple of weeks,” Nicholson said. “But, a win is a win and we’ll take it. We had a run with Hebron, Prosper, and McKinney Boyd. If we go 2-1, I’ll take it.”

Senior Emma White emphasized how important it was for the team to get a win under its belt before heading into Friday’s game.

“Beating [McKinney] Boyd was a big deal to us not only because they are a good team, but because in past years varsity has struggled to beat them during preseason,” White said. “The win was a big confidence boost to our team after a tough loss to Prosper, and it makes the statement that this season is going to be a special one.”

After the match versus Argyle, the Leopards will have their last non-district regular season game of the year versus the Martin Warriors (20-7) next Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Arlington. The Leopards’ district season will then begin on Tuesday, Sept. 18 as they travel to take on the Wylie East Raiders (8-11) at 6:30 p.m.      

“It can get kind of boring, for lack of a better term, as we get into district play,” Nicholson said. “I think a lot of it is going to come not just from what we’re doing from a game management standpoint, but what we’re doing in the gym practicing. We have to compete against each other.”

In order for the level of competition to remain high during the district season, White said it is crucial for the team to stay focused and competitive during practice.

“When we are doing any drills against each other, we say ‘0-0’ as if we are taking score, whether we actually do or don’t,” White said. “It’s kind of a joke we started last year, but in all seriousness, it keeps the competitive spirit and intensity high between each other.”

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Alexis Russell, Staff Writer
Alexis Russell is a senior this year, and it is her second year on staff. She mostly writes about sports, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball. Her favorite teams are the Mavs and Cowboys, and her most prized possession is an autographed cardboard cutout of Dirk Nowitzki’s head. Her hobbies include wake surfing, skiing, and sitting in her massage chair. Her all-time favorite movie is Dodgeball, and her favorite band is Del Water Gap. After graduation, she hopes to study International Relations at either UT or Arizona. She looks forward to a great year with The Red Ledger.
Shae Daugherty, Section Editor
It’s Daug·herty, /Dortee/, Daugherty. It’s not that hard. Coaches never get it wrong, and that may have been what drove her to sports photography in the first place. When she isn’t leaving sticky notes all over the newsroom, she’s in the heart of the sideline with a few cameras and a small bag of SD cards. She spends nearly all her time with the Sideline Team, causing trouble or residing in the studio. Her favorite part of football season is the two hours before any game, when the photographers go to dinner, or at least they try to. Shae’s sustained many injuries during her five year run as a sports photographer due to her inability to see players charging at her. Ironically, the Photo Editor is legally blind, and will crack numerous blind jokes, at the disapproval of one Benjamin Nopper. Her goal this year is for The Red Ledger to finally win the Pacemaker, and nothing will stand in her way. Coming in right at 5’10”, she certainly doesn’t need heels, but she wouldn’t be caught dead without them. Let her leave you with this one piece of advice–keep your heels, head and standards high.

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