FRISCO — Youth is the truth and not an excuse. Or at least that’s how Heather Van Noy looks at it.
Frustrated by Lake Dallas’ 25-12, 25-15, 25-17 loss to Frisco Heritage on Friday night, Van Noy didn’t want to hear about the fact that her Lady Falcons had only one returning starter from last year. To her, that wasn’t a good enough excuse for a match filled with inconsistent play on both ends of the floor.
“We’ve been inconsistent from the start this year,” Van Noy said. “Our opener against Kennedale, we finally turned it on in Game 3. But in volleyball, you can’t turn it on in Game 3. Volleyball is a sport of momentum, and if you lose that momentum and you can’t get it back, it’s tough to win.”
The fact is the Lady Falcons lost eight players from last year’s regional quarterfinalist team that won 30 matches and notched the program’s first-ever playoff victories in Class 4A.
It might not have been so frustrating had each of Friday’s three games not followed the same, familiar pattern. Lake Dallas (3-2) played with Frisco Heritage (6-0) until the mid-point of each game, and then it tailed off.
In the first two games, it was all about Lake Dallas mistakes. In Game 1, the Lady Falcons were down 14-10 before the Lady Coyotes ran away with it, thanks in part to six Lake Dallas errors, most of which were on its attack.
In Game 2 the Lady Falcons were down only 15-12 before errors seeped into their game, as they made six errors from that point forward.
“It seemed like we would play with them for the first 10 or 15 points of the game and then we would lose our focus or something would happen to kill the momentum,” Van Noy said.
Like Kennedale, Game 3 was Lake Dallas’ best of the match. The Lady Falcons and Lady Coyotes were tied six times, with the last coming at 13-13. The Falcons only made three errors from there, but there was the other problem: The Lady Falcons had difficulty protecting the net.
Frisco Heritage’s attack was definitely more consistent Friday, as the Lady Coyotes had 38 kills to the Lady Falcons’ 23. Lake Dallas had no answer for Heritage outside hitter Erica Timberlake, who at times was a one-girl wrecking crew. Timberlake finished with 16 kills, but four other Lady Coyotes had at least four kills in the match.
By contrast, Megan Dando finished with eight kills, but only one other Lake Dallas player — Chrisa Head — had as many as four kills.
“We couldn’t get much going defensively or offensively,” Van Noy said. “Even when we were able to dig a ball out, we weren’t able to do much with it. We just couldn’t keep that momentum.”
Frisco Heritage’s Kayla Hebert led all players with 32 assists, and pitched in two scoring blocks. Macey Bauman led Lake Dallas with 10 assists, while Caroline Chapman added six. Allie Wagoner had two scoring blocks.
Lake Dallas will be at the Ryan tournament today.