"Rebuilding year" ends with playoff berth

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In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year on the volleyball court, a bi-district playoff berth with a young team full of returners only signals more improvement on the horizon.

Head Coach Kim Boyd will only lose four seniors from this year’s team going forward and will return a plethora of underclassmen that made big contributions this year.

“It was fun to watch them play and improve over the year,” Boyd said, noting she will be taking advantage of this offseason from many different angles.

She mentioned many of the players will not have an offseason as the non-multi-sport athletes will be playing club volleyball to get more action and more play around the net.

Not only that, but with different coaches drawing up the lineup, Boyd will be able to take bits and pieces from each scenario to help improve the growth leading into next year.

“Now I can see where other coaches use players and we’ll see different scenarios for specific players,” she added, knowing the extra year of familiarity with this group of players will only help.

However, before they get back together for next year, Boyd will be spending some much overdue time with her family, including celebrating an anniversary that had to wait until last year’s season came to a close.

With a majority of members on the other side of Texas, this short break comes at a good time for Boyd who will soon enough picking up her whistle once again for the beginning of track season.

But before the “harsh” Texas winter comes upon us, there are still plenty of positives to hang a hat on following a bitter end to the season.

Returning for more years in the black and gold will be this year’s top attacker in sophomore Brylie Nedd as well as the top assist-getter in freshman Breanna Brandes. The pair regularly hit double-digits in their respective categories while also contributing on the other stat lines as well.

Sophomore Ally Dickens and junior Reagan Newsome were others commonly taking up space on the four lines of the stat sheet but the biggest impact all of these returners will have is the knowledge of what is anticipated from them during the season.

“These kids already know our expectations,” she added, knowing she won’t have to start over from the ground up.

On top of that, with almost all of the players having that early-round exit fresh in their mind, this offseason will not be a wasted one heading into a year full with promise.

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