Coppell's depth tilts balance in 5A volleyball title win over McKinney Boyd

Boyd star Mollett is outnumbered as Cowgirls take title

SAN MARCOS, Texas — McKinney Boyd had seen it not once, but twice before.

Set point, down, and Coppell’s Chiaka Ogbogu jumping toward the ball. The third time had the same outcome as the first two, a Coppell win, and it clinched the match, 3-1, for the Class 5A state champion Cowgirls.

With the win, the Coppell fans, already loud, erupted into song. It wasn’t the first singing of the night — before the match, the Coppell team packed closely into a stairwell, singing in unison before it ran onto the court — but it was different. This time the team didn’t need to pump itself up. Its season ended in the best possible outcome, a 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 victory for the championship.

Senior Kierra Holst led the Cowgirls with 19 kills, but Coppell’s real edge came in the variety of offensive weapons it brought to the court. Ogbogu was also a threat at the net, and Cassidy Pickrell and Erica Bohannon had nine and 11 kills, respectively.

“We play to our strengths, and one of our strengths is that we’re balanced,” Coppell coach Julie Green said.

Boyd, on the other hand, relied on junior Megan Mollett to power its offense. Mollett finished with 27 kills — more than any other player in the match — but that wasn’t enough to give Boyd an advantage. Green added that her team said all season that it wouldn’t let one player beat it, and its ability to win in spite of Mollett’s dominance proved her point.

No game in the match was decided by a margin of more than six points, but Boyd did take control toward the end of Game 3. The Broncos were unable to capitalize on whatever momentum they might have gained from ruining Coppell’s chance to win in straight sets, though, and Coppell was at its most dominant in the fourth game.

In a way, that timing has been the key to Coppell’s season. Green said throughout the playoffs that her team peaked at the correct time, and though it placed second in District 7-5A to Southlake Carroll, Coppell’s postseason was nothing but a string of first places in the regional tournament and at state.

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