MIDLOTHIAN — In a battle of new versus new, Frisco showed Midlothian that sometimes size does matter.
Midlothian Heritage High School (14-10) welcomed Reedy High School (8-6) on Friday to MHHS Gymnasium, but for three sets, the MHHS friendly confines seemed more like a Jaguars' den.
"I told the girls Frisco Reedy was going to be a good team and we have to play the best to be the best," head coach Sarah Hallum said about facing a University Interscholastic League 5A team. "Our defense and serve receive was very coachable and we adjusted well to the speed of their play. That's what we're looking for — the ability to adjust to things we haven't seen yet. We struggled in a few areas, but I think we did that."
Despite entering the game with a smaller and younger team and losing the match, MHHS staggered the proverbial giant in three sets (13- 25, 11-25, 13-25) of high school volleyball.
Reedy has six players 5-foot-10 or taller, including 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter Rachel Woulfe and 6-foot-1 sophomore middle hitter Annie Swan.
Seven players are junior-level athletes or higher and many came from the bigger Frisco 6A and 5A schools.
"Frisco Reedy is above any of our district opponents," Hallum continued. "They have big, heavy hitters and a lot of depth. They're very dynamic and ran a very fast offense. To see that fast of an offense and that type of size and to keep that pace and put up multiple blocks on them was a success for us."
The Lady Jaguars have the youthful foursome of Karena Tipton (6-3, So.), Julia Goerig (6-0, So.), Kelsey Carpenter (6-0, Fr.) and Julia Valdez (5-10. Jr.) but the rest of their players are 5-foot-9 or smaller.
Six of the 12 players on Hallum's roster are underclassmen.
The combination of Carpenter(4), Valdez (2) and sophomore middle blocker Grayce Davis (3) netted the Lady Jaguars nine of the team's 12 total kills.
MHHS sophomore Katie Chambers (22) led in digs but was followed by Valdez (10) and junior Emma Arnold (11). Carpenter and Chambers added two and one aces apiece and Tipton stuffed three blocks.
Reedy faces a similar situation as Midlothian Heritage, which came to the city of Midlothian last year.
The Reedy volleyball team is filled with junior and sophomore talent transferred from various Frisco ISD schools, hungry lionesses in a newly founded school (2015) competing in their first year of varsity competition.
"We can call it a loss, but it's more than that. Getting better, that's what I asked of them and what we focus on," Hallum said. "If we keep out focus on that type of play — to get better every point — we can say we're getting ready for what's to come."
The Lady Jaguars are scheduled to play Kennedale High School (9-15) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at MHHS Gymnasium. The Lady Wildcats have lost three of their last five games since beating Graham High School 3-2 Aug. 27.
Marcus is the sports editor for both the Waxahachie Daily light and Midlothian Mirror. Follow him on Twitter at @MarcusMarionWNI. Contact the sports desk at 469-517-1456 and on Twitter by using #WDLsports and #MirrorSportsNB in tweets!