The Guyer Lady Wildcats may be starting to play their best volleyball at just the right time.
Going up against rival Lake Dallas, the district-leading Lady Wildcats showed no signs of a letdown against the slumping Falcons, racing to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 sweep Friday night.
The Lady Wildcats (26-9, 10-1 District 5-4A) will retain at least a share of first place in the district with Trophy Club Nelson, which played at Wichita Falls on Friday.
While Guyer is already assured a spot in the playoffs, head coach Addie Mack wanted her team to already have a playoff mentality.
“From here on out, we have to play every time as if it’s a must-win situation,” she said. “This is a good time for us to be peaking and playing with that high level of consistency. We’ve still got to play three teams that are all fighting for playoff spots, so our mindset has to be consistency in all aspects of the game, and I think we had that tonight.
“There’s a real maturity with this team now. Even though we have some young players, there’s a real calm presence when we play. Even when things start going against us, we seem to keep our composure.”
Lake Dallas (9-25, 2-9) simply could not match the Lady Wildcats in any aspect of the game. The Falcons led just once in the first set and twice in the third set before being overwhelmed. Emily Hill had 10 kills, Mallory McKnight added nine, and Madison Walford and Hill each had nine digs to lead the Wildcats in the match that lasted less than an hour. Lake Dallas is already eliminated from advancing to the playoffs for the second straight season.
The Lady Wildcats simply were never threatened in any of the sets. They led 14-10 in the first set before outscoring Lake Dallas 11-2 the rest of way. They jumped out quickly in the second set, scoring nine straight points behind the serving of Hill, to open a 17-4 lead.
Lake Dallas started the third set with its best net play and led twice in the early going before the Wildcats took over. A Walford tip at the net followed by four straight service points pushed Guyer to an 18-10 lead before finishing out the win.
Guyer’s performance Friday was exactly what Mack wants to see from her team, especially with regular-season matches left against Azle, Wichita Falls Rider and Denton.
All three teams are battling for a spot in the playoffs, and the Wildcats are determined to finish out strong. They placed second in district last year before advancing to the area round, where they lost to Burleson.
“This is the perfect time for us to be reaching our high point,” said outside hitter Jasmine Montemayor, a two-year veteran. “We’re playing together real well. I think we’re in a better spot than we were last year. It’s all about the consistency.”
Libero McKenzie Christopher said the rivalry with Lake Dallas was enough to inspire the Wildcats.
“We were all really pumped about this game because it’s a rivalry game for us,” she said. “We wanted to get out quickly. We’re really starting to move the ball around. We’ve been working on that, and tonight we all did a good job.”
Lauren Peifer had four kills for Lake Dallas and teammate Jennifer Chapman added eight digs.