Volleyball Falls in Fourth Round of State Championships

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Alex Lee

2021-2022 Plano West Varsity Girls Volleyball Team.

Ansley Denison

State contender, Plano West Volleyball, lost in the fourth round to Keller High School during the UIL State Tournament.

Friday, November 12, marked the last match for the Lady Wolves, who faced the Keller Indians at Birdsville High School.

Battling through an almost two-hour game, the Wolves ended their season with a close four-set match. The box score finished at 28-26, 21-25, 18-25, and 22-25. 

“This year’s playoffs are different than usual,” says Blaire Bayless, a junior outside hitter for Plano West. “Every team in 6A has a shot at the championship. It all comes down to who plays their best game at the right time.”

Bayless racked up 11 kills against Keller, giving her a total of 440 to finish off the season and putting her on the All-District-Team with fellow teammates senior Jean Dixon and senior Camille Heidemann. 

Camryn McGough, Kaila Garnett, and Joyce Wang, all seniors, secured spots on the second All-District-Team. An honorable mention was awarded to sophomore Kate Mansfield. 

“I’m proud of what this team has accomplished,” says Camryn Mcgough. “We came in with a lot of fresh faces and ended up as one of the top-ranked teams in Texas. That’s not easy, especially with the level of competition in our area.”

That competition came from Flower Mound and Marcus High School, both packed full of college commits and state legacies. Flower Mound won the state championship in 2018 and placed third in 2020. Marcus highlights two senior commits, Maggie Boyd for UCLA Beach Volleyball and Ifenna Cos-Okpalla for Texas A&M.

All three teams: Plano West, Flower Mound, and Marcus, tied for District Champions this season after identical 12-2 records. District officials determined seeding prior to the start of playoffs, with Flower Mound taking 1st, Plano West 2nd, and Marcus 3rd.

“We didn’t know what to expect going into playoffs,” says Camryn. “Coming in after wins against Flower Mound and Marcus gave us a little confidence, but there were definitely still some nerves going into each match.”

The Wolves defeated Allen, Lake Highlands, and Marcus in the first three rounds before eventually falling short to Keller in the fourth, ending the year as Regional Quarter-Finalists for the first time since 2019. 

“It’s always hard to lose, especially as a senior, but I wouldn’t want to have ended my high school career with any other girls. I’m excited to see what they’ll accomplish next year.” says Camryn Mcgough.