The team that Guyer head volleyball coach Addie Mack has seen all season is the same one that showed up for its final home match of the season Tuesday night.
The bad news: The Lady Wildcats cruised to wins in the first two sets over Wichita Falls Rider before dropping the third and fourth to force a fifth set. The good news: The Lady Wildcats managed to win the fifth set, and the match, to lock up the second seed for the postseason out of District 5-4A with a 25-10, 25-18, 19-25, 19-25, 15-7 victory.
“That’s just the name of the game for our season, which is a little roller coaster,” Mack said. “We lost our focus. It’s the same thing we’ve been talking about for months, which are we start strong, loosen up in the middle and finish strong. We’re still working on just being consistent throughout the whole match.”
Though the Lady Wildcats (22-10, 10-2 district) eased up in the third and fourth sets, they roared back to win the fifth set without much of a challenge to push their record in five-set District 5-4A matches to 5-1 on the season.
Mack alerted her team to that statistic after it knocked off district front-runner Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Friday night in a five-set thriller. It proved true again Tuesday night, even though Mack said she would prefer to be spared the stress.
“I think that’s a big thing, and just knowing them as players, that’s a big deal for them,” Mack said of the five-set record. “For me to tell them that stat and for them to do what they did tells me it’s just about their head. We’re just hoping we can fix that before the playoffs.”
On senior night, Guyer was led by sophomore Mikayla Yates’ 13 kills and eight digs, while junior Sydney Reyes had 10 kills and junior setter Madison Walford finished with 45 assists and 10 digs.
Guyer also received contributions from its two senior starters, as Emily Gorr had 19 digs and Kasey Nicholson had four service aces.
Mack said Yates and Walford have been solid for her team throughout district play.
“She’s been a pretty consistent force, especially in district,” Mack said of Yates. “She’s got something in her and has this drive and this fight and has been helping us out quite a bit. She’s been performing for us and [Walford] has been growing as a setter. Those two are my big standouts.”
Nelson, which is 11-1 in district play, has Wichita Falls and Rider remaining on the schedule, while Guyer will finish with Lake Dallas on Friday and Azle on Tuesday, both on the road.
Right now, despite having wrapped up the second seed, all Mack is thinking about is Friday’s match at Lake Dallas. The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Falcons in four hard-fought sets in their previous matchup at Guyer.
“That’s going to be tough,” Mack said of the match against Lake Dallas, which is coached by former Guyer assistant coach Heather Van Noy. “We’re going to their home court. That whole crosstown rival thing is big. When they came over, they performed and they were hungry. For us to go to their court makes me a little wary.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .