Ranger redemption

Volleyball starts district after successful preseason


Peyton Mallard

Seniors Alexa Pyle and Jaci Mesa run towards the net to recieve the ball in tehir game against East Central on Sept.28.

Peyton Mallard, Staff Writer

Volleyball completed their preseason successfully, and now the anticipation of the season and how district will play out is on the table. The team introduced a new coach to the court, Melissa Miller after Courtney Patton withdrew to coach at Pieper High School. 

Miller previously coached volleyball for Clark, where they went 12-4 in district last year. The Rangers went undefeated in district last season, but lost to Madison in the first round of playoffs.

“These guys didn’t have the best ending to their season last year, losing in the first round playoffs,” Miller said. “A thing they came up with this year was unfinished business, so a lot of it is about Redemption.” “Our goal this year is to work harder than they did last year, so that we can have a different result than they did last year.” 

Winning 22 out of the 26 total sets thus far and currently 5-0 in district, the team has a confident start for the season. Seniors Maddie Dennis and Jaci Mesa both hit milestones–Dennis reached 1,500 career assists and Mesa recorded 1,000 digs. Senior Rebekah Williams was also named player of the week by San Antonio Express News.

“It’s fantastic when you come into a new program and have at least one of those players that’s a really great leader and understands their teammates well enough to know what motivates them, I just got really lucky and have a lot of them,” Miller said. “Not only are they great players but they make everyone around them better.

The team is staying unified as they plow through their district season. 

“I think the season is going great so far, we as a team have become stronger than before,” junior Hayley Barsky said. “Coach Miller had us do some team building stuff we haven’t done in the past, I think the team is closer than ever and pulls together even more when we need it. We all want to see each other do well and I think that shows on the court”