By THOMAS COOK
As the new school year begins, the Lewisville high school volleyball team is gearing up for the beginning of the district season. After almost a month of out of district play, the Lady Farmers district season will begin Friday Sept. 8 at Hebron high school.
Coming off of a disappointing 2016 season, which saw the team go 2-12 in district and 5-29 overall, the Lady Farmers and sixth-year head coach Libby Rodriguez have already shown themselves to be an improved squad. In just 13 games so far, the team has won more games than all of last year, posting a 6-7 record.
The 2016 Lady Farmers volleyball team consisted of mostly sophomore and junior players. Due to the youth of last year’s team, there won’t be many new faces this year.
“We have a lot of experience coming back as far as my setters and my leaders of my team,” Rodriguez said.
Returning players include District 5-6A all District first team selection setter Ryleigh Taylor, second team selection middle blocker Christina Cowsert and honorable mention selections middle blocker Isis Williams and outside hitter Meredith Wagley. All four players are expected to perform well for the team again.
With many of the Lady Farmers starters being seniors this year, Rodriguez said that leaving behind a legacy is much more important to the team than it was last year. As well as being more focused on legacy, the team is also more determined and close as a group, Rodriguez said.
“Their determination and their cohesiveness, it’s awesome,” Rodriguez said. “It’s so much better than what they had last year.”