Volleyball wins first district game


Sydney Stout

The Leopards celebrate as senior outside hitter no. 18 Megan Dierecks scores a point. The Leopards played against the Colony and won all three sets.

On Friday, the varsity volleyball team won their first district game against The Colony not losing a set. 

“Overall, we did pretty good,” sophomore Isa Camacho said. “Each set got better and better and everyone was able to get on the court. The final score was 3-0 us and next, we play Wylie East at home.”

The away game win ties them for first place going into the second week of district and maintains their five game winning streak. Senior Maddie Smittle says the team views the district portion of the season as a “second season”

“It is just like a new season basically,” Smittle said. “We call it like season one was our preseason, and that is where all of our challenging games are or the majority of them. We play 6a schools and 5a schools from all over Texas and we actually played a California school this year. That is a really challenging part of our season, and so when we enter district it is like season two. It’s teams that we know and teams that we are used to playing.”

The team won every set by ten or more points, winning the last set with a final score of 25-11. 

“I’ll give a shout-out to my middles Grace Milliken and Hannah Gonzalez,” Head Coach Natalie Puckett said. “They are constantly just killing it, and they are always an option when they can be. When they get the ball, they figure out what to do with it to get kills.”

After their win on Friday, the team spent Saturday’s practice climbing 110 flights of stairs to honor the victims of 9/11. 

“You can’t have a practice on 9/11 and on the 20 year anniversary and not acknowledge and remember and just think about those that we lost 20 years ago,” Puckett said. “We were trying to figure out something to work out and remember at the same time so we had the idea of climbing the stairs.”

The team is back at home for its next game against Wylie East on Tuesday. 

“Today in practice we are going to look at their lineup and just see who they have,” Smittle said. “We know a lot about them and it’s still really challenging but it is time to work on ourselves.”