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October 26, 2023

Cowgirls fall short to Plano East

Neha Nathwani
Coppell senior setter Alena Truong spikes the ball as Plano East middle hitter Summer Stephens blocks in CHS Arena on Friday. The Cowgirls lost, 26-24, 25-17, 25-22, to the Lady Panthers.

The small, yet sonorous student section stomps with pulsation and chants for the Coppell volleyball team as Plano East is two points away from match point.

Plano East spikes and senior outside hitter Daki Kahungu effortlessly jumps and blocks the ball, getting Coppell within one point in the third set.

However, Coppell wasn’t able to catch up as Plano East made a kill. The Cowgirls battled hard, but ultimately Plano East took the set 25-22 and won the match 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-22) on Friday.

“It was a frustrating game,” Coppell coach Robyn Ross said. “Going into the next game, we will have to work on our blocking.”

In the third set, senior setter Alena Truong’s spikes and blocks by Kahungu created a rally between both teams creating momentum for Coppell after struggling against Plano East’s defense in the second set. 

“Our energy level wasn’t as great as I hoped,” Truong said. “The game was a bit intimidating for us since they are one of the top teams in our district right now.”

Coppell senior libero Kathryn MacDonald digs against the ball from Plano East in the CHS Arena on Friday The Cowgirls lost, 26-24, 25-17, 25-22, to the Lady Panthers. (Minori Kunte)

Coppell struggled to respond to Plano East’s senior opposite hitter Lauryn Lambert, who successfully hit through Coppell’s blockers multiple times. 

“During the first set, we knew we could have taken them on but we were very tense,” Truong said. “We made a lot of stupid errors because of that. Our playing got worse as time went on and for them, the first set was just their warm up.”

Friday’s match was also the team’s Dig for the Cure night. Players wore pink jerseys to honor those who have struggled with breast cancer. 

“We definitely learned a lot from this game,” senior libero Kate MacDonald said. “We did a lot of things well still and going into practice Monday, we will highlight what we need to work on as we go into district.”

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Sahasra Chakilam
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.

You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on 'X' (@sahasrachak24).

Neha Nathwani
Neha Nathwani, Staff Writer
Neha Nathwani is a junior staff writer for The Sidekick. She is currently in Speech and Debate and DECA. She loves to listen to music and her favorite artists are Tyler, the Creator and Lana Del Rey. Although these are her favorites, she explores various genres and finds random artists to broaden her music taste. She collects vinyls and her favorite movies are Before Sunrise and La La Land. In her spare time, she enjoys reading tarot cards, taking pictures of sunsets with her friends and learning about astrology.
Minori Kunte
Minori Kunte, Staff Cartoonist
Minori Kunte is a junior and the staff cartoonist for The Sidekick. She spends her time singing for the Madrigals and A Capella. In her free time outside of school, she enjoys painting scenic locations she’s spotted and making vlogs of her vacations for herself and her family to watch. Her favorite movie of all time is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She enjoys watching Anne With An E and The 100, while snacking on Brookside Acai Dark Chocolate and Skinny Pop. She feels inspired when looking at art made by Anna-Laura Sullivan and Bob Ross. You can contact her at [email protected]

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