By Greg Ford
The Lady Pirates showed last week they’re a team with a lot of heart, as they overcame McKinney North in five games on Sept. 24 and then provided defending state champ Lovejoy with all they could handle on Friday before succumbing in four sets.
Wylie is 4-1 in District 13-4A and faced Denison on Tuesday. They’ll finish out the first half of 13-4A on Friday against Wylie East and begin the district’s second half Tuesday, Oct. 8, at home versus Royse City.
Meanwhile, Wylie East’s Lady Raiders improved to 3-2 in district competition, sweeping Greenville on Sept. 24 and then beating Denison in four games last Friday.
After playing Wylie this Friday, the Lady Raiders welcome Lovejoy on Tuesday, Oct. 8
“They looked good tonight. We just didn’t follow through,” Wylie assistant coach Lynsey Coleman said after the 25-11, 18-25, 11-25, 20-25 loss to the Lady Leopards. “They competed, which is what we asked them to do. We can’t ask any more than that.”
Wylie started Friday’s match strong, dominating the Lady Leopards in Game 1. However, Lovejoy showed why it’s won five straight UIL titles (four in 3A and one in 4A), as it recovered to take the next three.
“I think they kind of let down after (Game 1),” Coleman said of Wylie. “They are Lovejoy, so they are going to be used to everything … We needed to do a few more things. Overall, we competed with Lovejoy.”
Three nights earlier, the Lady Pirates produced a 25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-10 over a feisty Lady Bulldog squad.
Wylie East produced a 25-10, 25-20, 25-13 win Sept .24 over Greenville and followed that up with a 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 victory Friday over Denison.