By Greg Ford
Wylie’s Lady Pirates remained unbeaten in District 13-4A by sweeping Greenville 25-8, 25-10, 25-5 on Sept. 17 and then beating Sherman 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 on Friday. The victories improved Wylie’s district record to 3-0, leaving it tied for first with defending state champion Lovejoy.
The Lady Pirates and Lady Leopards will clash 5:30 p.m. Friday at Wylie. The maroon and white traveled to McKinney North on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and will open the month of Halloween with a Tuesday, Oct. 1, contest at home with Denison.
Meanwhile, Wylie East’s Lady Raiders are now 1-2 in 13-4A following a four-set win Sept. 17 at Sherman, 25-21, 25-12, 19-25, 25-14, and then a tough five-game home loss Friday to McKinney North 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 18-25, 9-15. They continued the season Tuesday, Sept. 24, against Greenville and will travel Friday, Sept. 27, at Denison and Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Royse City.
Friday’s defeat to North was a tough one for the Lady Raiders, who were well-matched with their Lady Bulldog foes but fell victim to several errors, as well as some solid hitting by North. Wylie East also recorded several kills and made a number of excellent plays at the net.
“Our girls played really well,” East head coach Kelly Lyons said. “The first time we played (North) it was a nightmare. Considering that we are missing two players, I think the girls did an awesome job. I was very impressed with the way we played. They were very team focused, and they came together as a team.”
Lyons also was pleased with her team’s Sept. 24 performance, where they had to travel quite distance to Sherman, and still got the win.
“We played great,” Lyons said.
There are still 11 more district matches remaining, and Lyons believes her team build on its early games.
“We’re learning some lessons,” the coach said. “We have got some young girls in the middle, and it took them a long time to adjust to some little things (on varsity) that juniors and seniors adjust to a little quicker … There are some things we need to do better. Other than that, I am very pleased with the way we played. I think if we fix a few kinks here and there, we can move into next week and be OK.”