Volleyball: Cinco Ranch working on game as district approaches
The Cinco Ranch Lady Cougars are coming off one of their roughest seasons since the program's inceptions, but they still got into the playoffs and expectations always are through the roof.
That makes the early portion of the schedule critical. Now is the time for the Lady Cougars to iron out all the kinks and make sure everyone is on the same page before plunging back into district play.
"We're working on just trying to jell as a team, with whatever six are out there, and then working together and talking, making sure everybody is on the same page when they're out there," Cinco Ranch coach Tammy Laurence said.
The Clements volleyball team is coming off one its best season's in school history, thus presents Cinco Ranch with a formidable non-district foe.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Cinco Ranch vs. Clements
• When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19
• Where: Clements High School
• What's at stake: The Lady Cougars may have been down last season, but they still gave the Lady Rangers a run for their money during one of their program's best seasons, barely falling in five sets on Aug. 20. The fifth and final set went to Clements 16-14. The Lady Rangers would like to win a little easier this time around, and the Lady Cougars would like to prove they've progressed by winning.
• Cinco Ranch players to watch: MB Shayla Maldonado, MB Brianna Vercellino, S Kennedy Reid, OH Shelby Cielencki.
• Clements players to watch: OH Summer Kisner, OH Michelle Adams, S Alyssa Edgar, RS Erin Taylor
• Cinco Ranch: Cielencki, junior newcomer Lexi Dolan, who was on junior varsity last year, and Bethany Holub, another varsity returner, were the top candidates for time outside going into the season after the loss of three college-bound outside hitters off last year's squad. "We were happy with them in the scrimmage, so some of those shoes are hopefully being filled already," Laurence said.
• Clements: Clements coach Jason Karim is predicting a big season for Kisner, who's in her fourth year of varsity play. Injuries cost her time her first two years but she arrived last season. "This year all the experience of the last three years, and the ups and the downs, and not making playoffs when she was young, will give her the motivation to want to end on a high note," Karim said.
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