Volleyball wins Area; loses before Regionals

Lauren Kriss, Editor-In-Chief

Varsity volleyball finished playoffs as Area champions, after going on to a 0-3 defeat by Alamo Heights at Lehman High School on Nov. 11.

The Lady T-Wolves were one match away from winning District and again one match away from advancing to the Regional tournament.

Overall, the Lady T-Wolves went 29-13 and 11-3 in district. Middle Blocker sophomore Luci Albertson was happy with how the team performed this year.

“We did a pretty good job this season,” Albertson said. “We had a lot of talent on the team, so when we played as a whole we did a great job dominating.”

After a rough pre-season, in which senior Becca Hill tore her ACL, the team regained momentum during a game against Byron Nelson on Aug. 21 where they won 2-1, according to Albertson.

“Our best part of the season was a Byron Nelson when we started to put everything together,” Albertson said. “We started to figure out how to work well as a team.”

Establishing teamwork was a challenge this year for the young team, according to sophomore Setter Lindsey Ledyard.

“It was hard to overcome the diversity of the ages,” Ledyard said. “But as the season went on, it was amazing how close we all got. We all started coming together and playing like we never played before.”

This season was uniquely difficult for seniors, many of whom have played together since middle school, including senior Libero Dana Teets.

“For a lot of my teammates it was there last season of volleyball ever and that was pretty hard,” Teets said.

For her part, Teets savored her final season.

“The best part of the season was getting to play with my best friends six out of seven days of the week and spending so much time with them doing what we love,” Teets said.

The underclassmen are also reluctant to say goodbye to the senior class, including Ledyard, who has played with them the past two years.

“They’ve been with me my whole high school career, and the seniors are my best friends,” Ledyard said. “I’m going to miss our crazy, hard, happy and sad times together.”

For Albertson, the seniors will be what she holds onto most about the season.

“I’m going to miss the seniors the most and their loveable personalities,” Albertson said. “I’m also going to miss the relationships I made with them.”

With the season over, Ledyard and her teammates are looking toward next season.

“Next year we are going to be ready and come out better than we did this year,” Ledyard said. “We are going to work really hard in the off-season to be ready for this upcoming season.”

Albertson clearly articulated the team’s new goal.

“Make it to the state tournament and kick butt,” Albertson said.