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Short-handed Coppell overwhelms Hebron in clash of 5-5A volleyball titans, 3-1
COPPELL — In a fight for 5-5A supremacy, a familiar team with an unfamiliar lineup earned a victory Tuesday night.
Coppell gave itself some cushion in the district race with a 3-1 home win against Hebron (25-19, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20).
But Coppell’s (36-3, 7-0) night included some adversity after taking the first set. Hebron (29-12, 5-3) fired out of the second set with an early lead. Two straight aces from outside hitter Jordan Yauch gave Hebron an 8-2 advantage it wouldn’t surrender.
“We’re still trying to mature as a team, so we’re going to make some mistakes,” Coppell coach Julie Green said regarding the second set. “It was about stepping in, playing your spot and trusting your teammates. When we do that and play hard, it should come out in our favor.”
Behind the play of Mary-Kate Marshall, who recorded a team-high 17 kills and six blocks, Coppell responded with two set victories to close it out. Green said the only thing more impressive than the victory itself is how her team achieved it.
“We knew we had to show up tonight,” Green said. “We’ve got some injuries to some key players, so we really had to go into our bench and run some different lineups.”
Green’s second-leading offensive producer, middle blocker Jamie Stivers, was sidelined with injury. That forced nearly everyone to shift into a slightly new role — most notably Marshall, who has committed to Oregon State.
Marshall moved from outside hitter to middle blocker in place of Stivers.
“We just ask her to do an awful lot and she’s good enough to handle that,” Green said of Marshall.
Marshall is Coppell’s senior leader following its back-to-back 5A state championships. But after losing four Division I players from last year’s squad to graduation, there’s little resemblance to those title teams in 2013. Green said Coppell’s early success is a testament to how quickly new players have filled key positions.
Outside hitter Brookah Palmer led Hebron with 17 kills.