Royse City High School volleyball senior Lexus Greschaw said team chemistry plays a large part in success, and that the Lady Bulldogs are making every effort to achieve the goal of making it to the UIL Class 5A playoffs this year.
“Volleyball is a mentally tough game,” Greschaw said. “It takes a team effort to overcome those challenges.”
Senior Kenzie Purvis said that her teammates are always together, even outside of volleyball.
“A lot people say it’s unrealistic for us (to make the playoffs), but we’re all good friends and that makes us play better,” Purvis said.
It hasn’t been easy to make a run in the playoffs, however, since Royse City joined District 15-5A — which is a stout district all around.
The Lady Bulldogs started district play last week, with a 3-0 loss to Highland Park, who finished third in the district last year behind Lucas Lovejoy and Forney.
Lovejoy is the favorite to win District 15-5A again this season and as of Monday, is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 5A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Senior Taylor Broome said that she believes the team has a really good chance to make the playoffs this year.
“The younger girls are stepping up a lot and are helping us have that chance,” Broome said.
The Lady Bulldogs started the season with contributions from freshmen and sophomore girls after a few unexpected injuries.
“Everyone is playing in a really unselfish way and has a team mindset,” head coach Amanda Marek said.
For this group of friends and teammates, when they have the same mindset, they believe the sky is the limit.
“We’re all just really good friends that happen to play volleyball together,” Greschaw said.
Greschaw, Purvis and Broome all agree that though they are playing well right now, the toughest days are ahead with district competition and support from the community helps.
Purvis added that she believes it’s easier to play for a crowd of people.
The Lady Bulldogs’ next two matchups are on the road; at Lovejoy on Friday at 5:30 p.m., and next Tuesday, at Wylie East, at 6:30 p.m.