Volleyball looks to build on first district win


Katie Dolberry

Junior Ellie Jonke spikes the ball over a Byron Nelson defender.

Ryan Wang, Staff Writer

Coming off of two decisive district wins, the volleyball team (32-5 overall, 2-0 district) will be facing off against the Sherman Bearcats (5-28 overall, 0-2 district) in an away match this Friday at 5:30 pm. The Leopards will be facing off against Princeton next Tuesday in another away match at 6:30 pm. 

Sherman is currently 1-6 at home, while the Leopards remain undefeated in both district and away matches. The Bearcats lost in three sets to both Wylie East and Princeton to open the district season. 

“We need to focus on celebrating all our wins no matter how easy they are, and really focus on our side of the net,” junior Cecily Bramschreiber said. “We only have about two good teams [in our district], and the rest are below average. We want to use this as a time to develop and prepare for playoffs.” 

Lovejoy is currently ranked sixth in the nation and third in state. Bramschreiber has led the attack this season with 402 kills, while sophomore Averi Carlson has 732 assists. Junior Callie Kemohah accounts for 77.4% of all digs for the team (335), with junior Lexie Collins leading the defense with a total of 75 blocks. 

Last Friday, the Leopards travelled to Wylie East for the opening district game, where they beat the Raiders 3-0. The Raiders managed to score 37 points against the Leopards, while Lovejoy scored 75 to win the game. The Raiders went on to beat the Sherman Bearcats 3-0 in their second match, which is the team Lovejoy will be playing this week. 

The Leopards faced off against the Denison Yellow Jackets on Tuesday in an away match, where they won 3-0. The Leopards only allowed 17 points to be scored against them across the 3 sets. The win boosts there away record to 7-0, while they remain undefeated in district.