Lady Farmers volleyball team gets first sweep of district season

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Outside hitter Meredith Wagley led the Lady Farmers with 11 kills against Trinity Sept. 29. Photo from Sept. 12 match at Marcus High School. (Photo by Ibifiri Jamabo)

By THOMAS COOK
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

The Lewisville High School volleyball team swept Trinity High School Friday Sept. 29 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-10) to earn their second win in district play.

With the victory, the Farmers have already matched their district win total from last season, and still have six matches to play. Outside hitter Meredith Wagley led Lewisville with13 digs and 11 kills, middle blocker Christina Cowsert had four kills, four blocks and a pair of aces and defensive specialist Rachel Barnett had eight digs, five kills and three aces.

The Lady Farmers dominated the Trojans in what appeared to be a get right game for Lewisville after facing a string of top district 5-6A teams. The win over Trinity was the Farmers first 3-0 sweep this season and was the most complete game Lewisville has put together so far.

“I was really proud of our effort,” head coach Libby Rodriguez said. “They played like a team, and it has been a while since I’ve seen the in between point team togetherness that I saw Friday and it was just really good to see.”

Hebron High School swept the Farmers 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-18) on Tuesday Oct. 3. Despite being swept by the Hawks (28-7 overall, 8-0), Lewisville played well and kept the score close in all three matches.

The Farmers played the Hawks evenly in almost every element of the game. The Farmers dug balls, served and passed well but were outmatched at the net. The Farmers often relight on middle blockers Christina Cowsert and Isis Williams to come up with kills and if either of them struggles offensively then so do the Farmers. Hebron was able to spread around kills more evenly and kept Lewisville guessing where kill attempts were coming from.

Defensive specialist Jaya Contee’s performance for the Farmers stood out. Contee’s six digs against Hebron didn’t accurately convey her impact for the Farmers. Contee was consistently diving to stop Hebron kill attempts and keep loose balls in play for the Farmers. Had Contee not played as well as she did the Farmers would have likely lost by a greater margin than the final score showed.

“We did some good things defensively and we dug some good balls,” Rodriguez said. ”And with those digs we did a good job executing.“

Tuesday’s game against Hebron was the third game the Farmers have had to play without star setter Ryleigh Taylor. Taylor suffered a concussion against Flower Mound on Sept. 22 and has yet to return to the lineup. Jordan Shelby, filling in for Taylor, had nine assists against the Hawks and played well. Shelby put the Farmers in solid position for kill attempts throughout the night.

“I’m really proud of the team for handling not having Ryleigh Taylor setting,” Rodriguez said “The team has done a really good job handling that big change. That’s a big loss for us because she’s our quarterback. She runs our court and she can control any match she wants to.”

Lewisville will wrap up their season series against the rival Marcus Marauders Friday Oct. 6 at home. The Marauders swept the Farmers Tuesday Sept. 12 at Marcus.

With six matches remaining in district play the Farmers are currently the sixth ranked team in district 5-6A and sit just one win behind Marcus for fifth place.

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