Cowgirls sweep Hebron


Samantha Freeman

Coppell senior setter Mari Taira sets against Hebron at the CHS Arena last night. Coppell swept Hebron, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, to bring its district record to 2-2.

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor

Playing smart, disciplined and according to plan since the beginning of the match, the Cowgirls quickly dominated Hebron in three sets, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, at the CHS Arena last night.

“Our kids tonight did some really smart things,” Coppell coach Julie Price said. “Sometimes we like the really big kill but I thought they were so smart about using shots. The deep corner was open for us, so they were really intentional with their shots and they passed really well which kept us in control on some of those rallies from the beginning.”

A strong defense backed up a dominant offense, led by Coppell senior middle hitter Madison Gilliland and Coppell junior outside hitter Haley Holz.

“They were very sloppy on their defense, they were just cheating and we took advantage of that,” Gilliland said. “They’re weak on some spots so we decided to swing there and we were really disciplined on hitting and we didn’t make too many errors. We stuck to the game plan and we played as a team and that helped make me play good.”

The team’s new rotation, only a few weeks old, seems to fit.

We’ve been in a different rotation for the last couple of weeks but that’s part of us responding to where we are in the season,” Price said. “We’ve tried a couple of different lineups, right now we’re in one that we feel like is a pretty good rotation for us, we’re starting to make some good decisions in it and it’s starting to feel like home a little bit.” 

Coppell’s strong block continued into this match, standing out as a defining factor of the team throughout the season. The new chemistry between hitters and the back row, however, allowed Coppell a complete takeover.

“We all decided to execute,” Gilliland said. “Our blocking was very spot on, we got most touches. Also, our back row was reading the hitters very well, we were just playing on defense. We really just stuck to the game plan.”

The Cowgirls play at Plano at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday with their 8-6 District 6-6A play record.