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Volleyball: Coppell sweeps Guyer in finale
For Guyer volleyball coach Jennifer Bramlett, the feeling on Monday was a distant memory.
For the first time since the program's inaugural season in 2005, the Lady Wildcats had their final practice, and knew it was their final practice.
"It's very foreign," Bramlett said. "I don't like it. To me it just feels like I need to do more work -- like I have work to do. I feel like they gave me everything they had, but we need to do more work in the off-season."
On Tuesday night, Guyer played its final match of the season against Coppell, and the Cowgirls continued their hold on the third-place spot in District 7-5A with a resounding 25-11, 25-12, 25-16 win, continuing Guyer's statistically odd streak of all of its district matches being sweeps -- four wins and 10 losses.
It started off well for the Lady Wildcats, who held an 11-7 advantage led by a hot start from Sarah Simpson's block and kill, two kills from freshman Madeline Mayer, and a block and kill from Joanna Huckaby.
Then the wheels fell off for Guyer.
Coppell (30-11, 10-4) started a tear led by Erica Bohannon that eventually ended with a 26-0 run through the end of the first set and until Guyer made the score 8-1 in Coppell's favor in the second.
"Even when they were scoring 26 points, there was some good volleyball in there, we just didn't win the points," Bramlett said. "The first 11 points, we definitely looked like a seasoned squad. At times after that we did, but we didn't always win the points. I don't think the score indicates how much better we've gotten, but we obviously have work to do."
The Cowgirls' roster was stocked full of 6-footers -- eight to be exact -- and their height gave Guyer's front line fits all night.
Bohannon finished the match with eight kills and four blocks. Cassidy Pickrell chipped in 10 more kills, and the team's lone senior, Chandler Hatton, finished with six kills.
Guyer was led by Simpson's six kills and Mayer's three while Macy Ayulo led the defensive effort with 11 digs.
Bramlett said, looking back, the main difference between Class 5A competition and 4A, where the Lady Wildcats spent their first five seasons, is the amount of high-level players on each team.
That could especially be said for District 7-5A, which sports two of the top 25 teams in the state (Southlake Carroll and Keller Central) and a Coppell team that was in the state poll at times this season.
"On any given squad, you'll have two or three Division I athletes and several that will play Division II, and they're all potential college players," she said. "In 4A, maybe you have one kid who could play Division I -- maybe -- and some Division II players along with some JUCO players, but then you have some kids who can't play in college. That's the biggest difference. If you're not collegiate level, you're not even making the team. It's a whole new level. They put so much pressure on you from point to point."
Guyer had a young team like Coppell, with just three senior starters. Bramlett said she was proud of the effort her players gave this season, even though it won't end with a playoff berth like it has since 2007.
"We did more this year than we've ever done," Bramlett said about her team's preparation. "We did summer leagues and hitting clinics in the summer and they all showed up and all worked hard, but I don't think anything prepares you for that level until you're actually in it.
"I think that they've all seen their potential and also how much work they have to do. So I think they'll take that challenge seriously. It's hard to create the level of competition in any place other than being in the situation."
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