The Lady Cowboys started off their season with a bang as they travelled to Hollywood Hills High School to face the Spartans on Monday, August 28.
After their successful season last year, during which they won the district championship, the team looked to carry their success into the new season and try to get their third straight district title. Now, the players hope to begin their new season with the same hunger to win and desire to exceed their district champion title by winning the state championship.
The Lady Cowboys started out strong by winning the first set and setting the tone for the match. A few players that stood out were Alin Gurdikuan, who had six kills, Megan Hernandez, who had three kills and Katie Kaminsky, who had five service points and two kills. The Lady Cowboys took advantage of these big plays and were able to win the final sets to end the game at 3-1 and start their season 1-0 before heading to Orlando for a tournament.
“I definitely think we have a really good chance of getting a third consecutive district championship,” senior Emily Miranda said. “We are all playing our best and working towards the same goal.”
The Lady Cowboys went to face Lake Placid’s Green Dragons as their first game in the tournament, but lost two sets to zero.
They then went on to face a team from Robertsdale, Alabama, in what was a tighter game. However, the Lady Cowboys still fell short, losing two sets to one.
Shortly after that game, the team faced Bedford, a team from Massachusetts, and turned things around by winning two sets to zero.
Later that day, they tried to carry that momentum against Mortimer Jordan, another team from Alabama, but lost two sets to one.
On Friday, they played against the Coppell Cowgirls, a team from Texas, and lost two sets to zero.
Their final game of the tournament was against the Central Florida Christian Eagles, where the Lady Cowboys lost two sets to zero.
Though the Lady Cowboys didn’t get the result they were looking for in the tournament, they reported that they would move on and use this as a learning experience for the season to come.
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