Don’t let their Class 2A classification fool you. The Lady Bulldogs from Thorn-dale take their volleyball very seriously.
According to some Thorn-dale fans I spoke with, this group of girls have played together since before middle school. They have beat up on much bigger Central Texas schools already this year, such as Bastrop and Taylor. They can add Elgin to that list now. After making a playoff run into the state semi-finals last year, this team of young ladies are on a mission to succeed again this year.
In a non-district match played in Thorndale on Tuesday, August 27, the Lady Cats of Elgin ran into a team that played aggressively and confidently throughout. Elgin Varsity is clearly still looking for its identity on court and answered only intermittently throughout the three sets, which Thorndale won easily 25-15, 25-10 and 25-11.
First-year volleyball coach Deborah Covault had previously stated that she knew this team, and this sport has to fight twice as hard to gain the winning tradition back from previous successful teams and periods of years gone by. She feels her girls are willing to learn and put in the effort and it’s a matter of learning good practices and strategies versus playing without a plan.
The coach used different lineups because she is more concerned with giving her players a chance to show what they can do before District 18 play starts at Pflugerville Weiss High School. By that time, she wants her team to also be confident and aggressive with the players she puts out on the court.
Against Thorndale, the team had too many service errors, blocking was inconsistent and the outside hitters hit into the net too often. Coach Covault sees that as opportunities to improve and hopes the team's next game will see more positive results.
The Lady Cats next play Troy at home on Friday, September 6. The varsity game against Troy will be played first at 5 p.m., with the freshman and junior varsity games to follow at 6 p.m.
Elgin will open district play at Weiss on September
10. The freshman and junior varsity teams will play at 5 p.m. and the varsity game will start at 6:30 p.m.