Cowgirls challenge district leader before falling short in 5 sets


Sannidhi Arimanda

Coppell senior setter Taylor Young spikes against Plano West in Coppell High School Arena on Tuesday. Plano West defeated Coppell, 25-15, 17-25, 28-26, 13-25, 7-15, 7-15.

Yaamini Jois, CHS9 Editor

The Coppell volleyball team lost to Plano West last night, 25-15, 17-25, 28-26, 13-25, 7-15 on Tuesday at CHS arena.

The Cowgirls went into the match aiming to spread all hitters and hitting Plano West’s deep corners.

The game continued to a fifth set after Plano won the fourth set, resulting in two aces to Plano and an eventual Plano victory. 

After losing to Plano West on Sept. 6 in three sets, the Cowgirls took charge of the first set and won, 25-15. The Cowgirls worked on improving their blocks since their previous match with Plano West – an effort that paid off.

Coppell lost the second set after Plano increased efforts and took a lead from the beginning of the set.

After a block from senior setter Taylor Young, Coppell won the third set, 28-26. The third set saw multiple ties until both teams hit 25 points.

“The third set is a huge step for us, to take two sets from a team that’s as strong as Plano West,” Coppell coach Robyn Ross said. 

Plano West is ranked first in District 6-6A.

Key players in this game included Coppell senior outside hitter Skye LaMendola and junior setter Mira Klem. LaMendola hit her 1000th career kill during the second set and Klem had 14 kills throughout the match. 

The Cowgirls will play Lewisville this Friday at CHS arena. Takeaways from yesterday’s match included working on consistency on blocking form and serve receives to avoid fluctuating plays between sets. 

“Hopefully, we’ll work on our block timing and a bit of serve receive, and it’ll show on Friday,” LaMendola said. 

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