Lady Wolves Volleyball Team


Written  by Jennifer Schein

The Lady Wolves volleyball team has started the season off strong. Not only does the varsity team have a winning record of 24 and 5, they are ranked ninth in the entire state of Texas. The junior varsity team also has a winning record of 13 and 2. Coach Brittany Bridge coaches the varsity team, and the junior varsity team is coached by Coach Brian Fitzgerald. Both teams play most Tuesdays and Fridays, with JV playing at 6:00 p.m., and varsity playing after that at 7:00 p.m.

While the team has had a good season so far, there might be obstacles to come.

“We have not really had any challenges so far, but District is just the thing to keep from getting burned out,” senior Laura Jones said.

Varsity also has some big expectations that go even beyond winning District.

“I want to finish first or second in District, and to do that we would have to beat Southlake and Coppell,” Jones said. “We have beaten them before, so I know we can do it again. With some small improvements, we can even make it to State.”

The players are determined to work harder to achieve team goals.

“We are having a good season so far,” senior Jessica Talley said. “We are definitely doing better than we were last season, and I think we are good to win State.”

Bridge also has many good sentiments about this year’s varsity team.

“This season has been awesome,” Bridge said. “We are lucky to have not only a talented team, but one with great leadership as well. We are picked to win District right now, and I expect to do that. However, it is a battle every night, so we will have to work for it.

According to Bridge, it has not been easy.

“There have been a few situations so far, when we have been playing a higher ranked team that the girls have struggled a little bit to get over the mentality of being the underdog, but they have always been able to not let it bother them,” Bridge said.

She also thinks very highly of the players on the varsity team.

“Every year is a new group of girls, and this year they all genuinely care about each other and representing Plano West,” Bridge said. “They have all worked very hard, and it has been really fun to see them improve.”

Fitzgerald says there are some reasons for the success of this season, and why the players are all working so well together.

“Last year was also a successful season,” Fitzgerald said. “We won the Frisco tournament, and got fifth in the Allen one.  The JV team had a record of 22 and 7, and varsity also did well, although they got into a tough draw in the playoffs, and ended up losing District. Last year, we were a young team, but we learned a lot, and it is showing.”