August 17, 2012
They have been to the Class 4A regional quarterfinals the past three years. But the Lady Pirate volleyball team is hoping to extend their playoff success in 2012.
The Lady Pirate defeated all seven schools in the round-robin district play in 2011, earning the District 7-4A title and posting a perfect 13-1 district record. The three-game playoff run included victories over Killeen and Saginaw Boswell before falling to Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
The girls defeated San Angelo Lake View and Springtown in the 2010 postseason just prior to a loss to Aledo – now a district rival.
In 2009, the girls made their first post-season appearance since 1996. The quarterfinal defeat to Denton Ryan followed playoff wins over Fort Worth Dunbar and The Colony.
"I am excited to see this new group play to their potential and grow as a team," commented head coach Tammy Clark. "We have strength and depth in all the positions. It should be a great experience this season."
Returning varsity members are seniors Alexis Carpenter, Blair Cowden, Shannon Helm, Paige Holt, Amy Mendoza, and Jenna Underwood; junior Sydney Carpenter; and sophomore Aubrey Ezell.
Joining the varsity court are senior Shelby Cline; junior Hannah Hiler; sophomores Breanna Crain and Shelby Shade; and freshman Karis Beasley.
Sub-varsity rosters include:
- Junior Varsity – Taelyn Beadle, Jennifer Boldenow, Macenzie Campbell, Bailey Crain, Macarty Hawker, Courtney Heathington, Kellan Jones, Makenna Martin, Whitney Matos, Madison Miller, Jettin Murphy, Sydney Teeter, Hannah West
- Freshman Purple – Marissa Baird, Kylie Blackwell, Taylor DeYoung, Darby Hammond, Erin Jones, Hayden Miller, Erin Smilgin, Lily Thornton, Rebecka Troyer, Olivia Winchester
- Freshman Gold – Hannah Backus, Kaitlyn Cunningham, Baylee Davis, Max English, Madison Luig, Loryn McCoy, Emily Ritchmond, Lexi Shea, Sarah Sledge, Ashlyn Winter
Clark is assisted by junior varsity coach Mallory Smith as well as new freshman coaches A.J. Watlington and Andrea Gouldy. Handling sports medicine duties are athletic trainer Connie Rhodes and student trainer Katie Siegler. Tori Townsend continues to serve as team statistician.
For more information as well as season schedules, go to www.granburyisd.org/ladypiratevolleyball or www.granburyisd.org/freshmanladypiratevolleyball.
Pictured above is senior Paige Holt during the home opener victory over Waco Midway on August 14.
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