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October 26, 2023

Cowgirls come up victorious in 5-set thriller against Marcus

Coppell senior outside hitter Daki Kahungu spikes against Flower Mound Marcus at CHS Arena on Friday. The Cowgirls defeated the Marauders, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13. (Avani Munji)

The air is tense as the Coppell volleyball team disperses from a timeout, just one point away from claiming match point. The student section is silent as both teams battle for the ball, digging up every hit. The crowd erupts with the cheers of children as Coppell freshman outside hitter Brooke Felix hits a cross court kill, securing the win for the Cowgirls on elementary school night.  

Coppell ended the match with a 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13 victory against Flower Mound Marcus on Friday at CHS Arena. 

In the first set, both teams remained within two points of the other. A kill by Coppell outside hitter Daki Kahungu, the first of many throughout the night, helped the Cowgirls to gain some momentum, giving them a three-point lead. However, the Lady Marauders soon caught up and took the first set, 25-22. 

The Cowgirls have been focusing more on running a faster offense, which was evident during the game. Kahungu and Coppell senior setter/outside hitter Mira Klem each put away multiple kills in the second and third sets. Boosted by consecutive aces by Coppell senior libero Kate MacDonald and Coppell sophomore defensive specialist Randee McCloud, the Cowgirls were able to take advantage of the Marauders’ out of system plays and won the second and third sets. 

Going into the match, Coppell knew that they would have to watch out for Marcus sophomore outside hitter Akunna Cos-Okpalla. 

“We worked a lot on moving our defense to play cross balls because [Okpalla] hits really hard and she hits across the court,” Kahungu said. “We definitely adjusted a lot throughout the game by seeing what they were doing so we could do it better.”

During the fourth set, the Cowgirls struggled to dig up Okpalla’s hits, allowing Marcus to pull ahead with a 9 point lead. Although Klem executed multiple kills, Coppell was not able to keep up their rhythm, allowing Marcus to take the fourth set. 

By executing clean hits and serves, Coppell was able to force Marcus to play out of system, interfering with its  rhythm in the fifth set. With the Marauders coming up close at 14-13, Coppell called a timeout, which proved to be effective. The Cowgirls came back and were able to put away the ball, not allowing Marcus to get a single touch on the clean kill. 

After winning against Lewsiville earlier this week, the Cowgirls were able to keep their momentum going, boosting the team’s morale. 

“A win is nice,” Coppell coach Robyn Ross said. “They played hard the whole night, and they kept up a faster offense.”

Coppell plays at Plano East on Tuesday.

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Sukirtha Muthiah
Sukirtha Muthiah, Business Manager
Sukirtha Muthiah is a junior and the business manager for The Sidekick. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading way too many historical-fiction novels, and dancing. You can contact her at [email protected] or on X (@suki_muthiah).
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Sahasra Chakilam, News Editor

Sahasra is a junior and the news editor of The Sidekick with an unwavering passion for reporting and writing. She’s a hardworking student at Coppell High School by day and an active media enthusiast by night. She loves to be outside, walking along scenic trails teeming with a multitude of wildlife. Otherwise, she’s biking through the roads of her neighborhood, enjoying the bountiful winds in Texas with her fellow friends. 

If not outdoors, she pursues her love of all media, ranging from TV shows to movies to music. She enjoys unwinding with her favorite humorous sitcoms like New Girl or Community or some of her favorite iconic movies, like Mamma Mia and La La Land. At other times, she prefers to broaden her horizons by exploring new movies and sharing her thoughts on them through reviews. You can also often find her at many indie and pop concerts, fully immersing herself in the atmosphere. She has a broad and diverse range of music she loves to listen to, ranging from Lana Del Rey to Tyler the Creator, but she is a big Swiftie at heart.

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Avani Munji is a senior and the executive design editor for The Sidekick. Munji joined the program unintentionally, but found that The Sidekick was the perfect place for her to grow as a designer. When she’s not creating a design or trying to learn everything there is to know about Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, you can find her playing various videogames on her Xbox and mourning the loss of her 2008 Wii. You can contact her on ‘X’ (@a_munjii).

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