Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Win streak not the focus for focused Frisco Centennial volleyball team
Coach Kari Bensend and her Frisco Centennial volleyball players try not to focus on their record as the season rolls on.
Thus, they have tended not to notice that they've won 18 consecutive matches and are 8-0 in District 9-4A.
The streak seemed to be news to the players. "No," senior Christina Rolandelli said, looking to her teammates to see if they, like her, hadn't noticed their recent run.
The win streak may not even be the most impressive part of the Titans' recent success. Centennial remains unbeaten in 4A competition and hasn't lost a set since Sept. 7.
But that is not important to the Titans, who want to keep the focus on their next opponent.
"Every week, that's the team to beat on the other side of the court," senior Carli Wilson said.
And every week, the team focuses on a word Bensend gives them to try to emulate in the week to come.
"It's part of this book that she got called 'Be,' " junior Sara Mossakowksi said. "And each page is a different 'be' - like be committed, be proactive, be strong.
"Every Saturday at the end of practice, she'd be like, 'This is our new word for the day. Did you do this?' ... It gives us a goal to reach."
Mossakowski and her teammates said each goal Bensend gives them is one of many steps toward their ultimate goal of a prolonged playoff run.
The players' ability to focus on where they need to improve is one of the reasons Bensend said they have been successful.
"They're very much what we call students of the game," she said. "We watch a lot of video on ourselves, we see the things we're doing wrong, and they understand."
Bensend acknowledges that the team has played beyond its years at times but still has room to improve.
"In some instances, when you look on the court, you're like, 'We're young,' " she said. "And in some instances you're like, 'Wow, that was great, that was like a veteran team.'
"We're kind of in the middle right now ... still growing a lot."