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Volleyball: Season openers set this week

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By Ben Baby / Staff Writer

A week after volleyball practice started, teams will hit the court today hoping to repeat last year’s successes or surpass last season’s marks.

Today marks the first day all University Interscholastic League teams can play their first match of the regular season. It’s also the first day all Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools can begin play as well.

Liberty Christian will be the first area team to hit the court and open the season. The Lady Warriors play at Carrollton Prince of Peace at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, the other 11 teams in the area will open their respective seasons as they prepare for the beginning of district play.

Notable area games Tuesday include Pilot Point taking on Aubrey at 4 p.m. in the first of two matches for Aubrey on the day. Calvary, the defending TAPPS Class 2A state champions, will head down the road and take on Denton at 7:30 p.m.

Later in the week, Argyle, Pilot Point, Denton, Guyer, Liberty Christian and Lake Dallas will all travel to Ryan to play in the Ryan Kick-Off Classic.


Ryan Lady Raiders

District: 5-5A

Head coach: Cindy Williams (31st year, ninth at Ryan)

2012 record: 6-27

Key players: OH Kodi Pettigrew, MB Susanna Strange, L Arissa Chappell


Denton Lady Broncos

District: 5-4A

Head coach: Danielle Silva (third year, all at Denton)

2012 record: 24-18 (area finalist)

Key players: OH Jade Akins, OH Kenzie Dozier, S/MB Hannah Altman, OH Mariah Warren


Guyer Lady Wildcats

District: 5-4A

Head coach: Addie Mack (third year, all at Guyer)

2012 record: 27-13

Key players: S Madison Walford, MB Sydney Reyes, OH Jasmine Montemayor, OH Mikayla Yates


Lake Dallas Lady Falcons

District: 5-4A

Head coach: Heather Van Noy (third year, all at Lake Dallas)

2012 record: 12-27

Key players: MB Cassie Garnett, OH Lauren Peifer, OH Megan Turner, S/RS Caroline Chapman


Krum Lady Cats

District: 9-3A

Head coach: Lynn Larson (11th year, first at Krum)

2012 record: 28-15 (regional semi-finalist)

Key players: OH Jordan Crawford, OH/L Machala Noack, S Rosa Rodriguez, S Paige Williams


Sanger Lady Indians

District: 9-3A

Head coach: Tammy Niemczyk

2012 record: 30-11

Key players: S Morgan Turkoly, MB Kayla Ashley, OH Jaylen Pegues


Argyle Lady Eagles

District: 10-3A

Head coach: Clark Oberle (16th year, 13th at Argyle)

2012 record: 35-11

Key players: OH Brooke Robertson, MB Katy Keenan, L Laine Lowery, OH Eighmy Dobbins


Aubrey Lady Chaps

District: 10-3A

Head coach: Lisa Deaver (13th year, first at Aubrey)

2012 record: 17-19

Key players: OH Paige Bisi, OH Natalie Gattuso, S Alex Martinez


Ponder Lady Lions

District: 9-2A

Head coach: Cindy Thornton (seventh year, fifth at Ponder)

2012 record: Not provided (did not make playoffs)

Key players: MB Tori Alexander, MB Lauren Pittman, OH Bailey Brown


Pilot Point Lady Cats

District: 12-2A

Head coach: Becky Phillips (10th year, fifth at Pilot Point)

2012 record: 31-8

Key players: S Marissa Morris, S Kirby Smith, MB Abby Switzer, MB Ashtyn Richey


Liberty Christian Lady Warriors

District: TAPPS 1-5A

Head coach: Justin Else (first year, first at Liberty)

2012 record: 13-16

Key players: S Olivia Asprey, MB Hanna Elsey, OH Shelby Westbrook, L Emily Howard


Calvary Lady Lions

District: TAPPS 1-2A

Head coach: Jennifer Bramlett (second year, all at Calvary)

2012 record: 32-7 (won 2A state title)

Key players: OH Anna Hollingshead, OH Madeline Mayer, L Kelly Crow