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October 26, 2023

Cowgirls battle it out against Plano West for first district match of season

Players to raise funds for One Tribe Foundation
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Wendy Le
Coppell senior opposite hitter Mira Klem and senior middle blocker Alena Troung block against Royse City at CHS Arena on Aug 22. The Coppell volleyball team plays Plano West tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the first district match.

After falling short in the past three matches, the Coppell volleyball team picks itself up and dusts itself off as it prepares for Plano West. 

The Cowgirls play the Wolves tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Coppell High School Arena.

“This game is going to give us momentum and shift how the rest of the season is going to go,” senior opposite hitter Mira Klem said. “We’ve been with each other a lot so we know how to play with each other better, but I feel like this is really going to show us that we can hang with all the teams in our district. If we really put our minds to it and try our best, we can hang with anyone we play.”

Based on previous matches, height proves to be the number one challenge for the Cowgirls. With the tallest players around 5 feet 11 inches, the team is relatively small and struggles to hit through their adversaries’ blocks. 

In practice, the team has focused primarily on serve receive and strengthening their defense in order to combat the height issue. 

The team has also been working on developing strong servers and fleshing out new plays to keep the ball on their side.  

Each year, the Coppell volleyball team partners with a nonprofit organization to raise money for a special cause. In years past, the Cowgirls have chosen Operation Kindness, but this year the team will work to raise funds for One Tribe Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings awareness to mental health and suicide prevention for veterans. The initiative was proposed by Coppell volleyball coach Robyn Ross, a former Air Force logistics officer deployed in Iraq.

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Sri Achanta, Executive Editor-in-Chief
Sri Achanta is a senior and the executive editor-and-chief of The Sidekick. She finds joy in finding narratives within conversations to create compelling stories. In her free time, you can find her reading fantasy and mystery novels, her personal favorite book being Legendborn by Tracy Deon. Sri also enjoys painting still life, prefering acrylic paint over oil paints anytime. One of her favorite artworks is a sculpture by Michelangelo called the “Pietà”.  Sri is always up for a good plate of sushi or a meal at her favorite restaurant, Siam Thai, where she gets her go-to favorite dish which is spicy drunken noodles. She loves to top off her dinner with her favorite drink, Matcha tea. She also never passes on an opportunity to hang out with her friends and family. Her favorite childhood show is “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and she’s currently on her fourth rewatch. To contact her, you can email her at [email protected] or on 'X' (@Sriachanta_ ).
Wendy Le, Podcast Producer
Wendy Le is a junior and the podcast producer of The Sidekick. Through The Sidekick, she found her passion in photography and podcasting. In her free time, she enjoys scrolling through Pinterest, capturing mundane moments on camera and spending time with her friends and family.  Born in Hanoi, Vietnam, she moved to the United States as an 8-year-old. Le’s childhood consisted of traveling around the world, more specifically, different parts of Asia. Constantly on the move, she finally settled down in Coppell, TX in the seventh grade, where she met some of her closest friends. When feeling burnt out, Le recharges her social battery by sitting in her bed and relaxing throughout the day. Listening to Lana Del Ray, specifically her Lust for Life album, helps bring a sense of peacefulness to her day. You can contact her at [email protected].

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