Volleyball aims to continue win streak against tough competition

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  • Junior Lexie Collins high fives senior Mckenna Franks after her name is called out before the game. Afterwards, the Leopards stood together as the national anthem was played.

  • Junior Lexie Collins and sophomore Averi Carlson celebrate during the first set of the game. The Leopards won the first set 25-18.

  • Junior Brynn Egger elevates to hit the ball over Mckinney Boyd defenders at the right side hitter position.

  • Junior Cecily Bramschreiber defends a serve from Mckinney Boyd and passes to sophomore setter Averi Carlson.

  • Senior Emma Johnson defends a hit from the right side to keep the ball in play. Johnson will be heading to St. Edwards University to play volleyball at the collegiate level in the fall of 2020.

  • Sophomore Rosemary Archer jumps rope with a little leopard in between the second and third sets.

  • Juniors Brynn Egger and Lexie Collins jump up to defend hit by Kennesen Johnson (15). The tag team successfully defended the hit and made the score 10-4 during the second set.

  • Juniors Kenny Tellez, Carson Holden, Dawson Holt, senior Matt Piccirillo, Pete Peabody, and Jeremy Van Riper celebrate after a successful kill by junior Ellie Jonke. The student section stood up and showed spirit during the third set of the game.

  • The Leopards celebrated after a three-set sweep against Mckinney Boyd. On Friday, they will play Sasche in a non-conference match.

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The volleyball team (28-4) will face off against the Sachse Mustangs (24-6) in an away match on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. before playing the number one ranked 6A team in the nation Byron Nelson (23-1) next Tuesday at 6:30 pm at home. The Leopards will be looking to continue their winning streak (four) after defeating Prosper twice, McKinney Boyd, and Churchill.

With new head coach Ryan Mitchell at the helm, the season started well after the team claimed 28 wins from 32 games, ranking them fourth in state and nationally. The team played nine games fifth in the tournament.

 “I have been very pleased with our play during the month of August.” Mitchell said. “I hope to build a team that play to our potential.  We are always setting our sights on championships here and this year is no different, we want a district championship and a shot at the state title this year.”

Sachse is currently ranked 23rd in the state, and 37th nationally. The Mustangs are also undefeated at home, while the Leopards have not lost a single match away this season. Lovejoy has a higher scoring average per set than Sachse, and a high win percentage as well. 

“We have a much smaller team this year height wise, and Sachse is a big blocking team,” junior Cecily Bramschreiber said. “[They are] very offensive, but I think with our ball control and defense in the back row, it should help.”

The Leopards also played McKinney Boyd this Tuesday, claiming a 3-0 victory against the Broncos. Boyd only scored 55 points across three sets, compared to Lovejoy’s 75 points.

“So far the team had performed pretty well, [considering] we lost a couple of seniors like Madison Watters and a couple of main hitters,” Bramschreiber said. “Seeing some more competition and getting in more practice will help.”

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