By THOMAS COOK
The Lewisville High School volleyball team has struggled early in district play, as a string of matches against top teams have led to a 1-5 district record for the Lady Farmers. Four teams in district 5-6A currently have winning records in the district, and all four have defeated the Farmers this season. The Farmer’s lone defeat to a below .500 team was a Sept. 12 loss to Marcus High School.
The Farmers traveled to Flower Mound High School on Friday Sept. 22 and were swept 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-14) by the Jaguars. The 41 points scored by Lewisville in the match marked a season low for the Farmers in district play. Setter Jordan Shelby had five assists, nine digs and an ace in the match, and middle blocker Christina Cowsert recorded eight kills, five digs, four blocks and an ace for the Farmers.
On Tuesday Sept. 26, Lewisville was swept by Byron Nelson High School 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-20). Middle blocker Isis Williams led the Farmers with three kills and four blocks against the Bobcats and outside hitter Meredith Wagley contributed seven digs, three aces and a kill. The Farmers continued their trend of struggling early on against top teams before getting some momentum going in later sets. In their five losses in district play, the Farmers are averaging just 11.6 points in opening sets, compared to 15.8 points in the second set, and 17.6 points in the final set.
The pair of sweeps this week, makes it five sweeps suffered this season in district play by the Farmers. No other team in the district has been swept more than four times.
Following the matches against Flower Mound and Byron Nelson, The Farmers currently sit in seventh place in district 5-6A. The only team Lewisville leads in the standings is L.D. Bell High School, who is still searching for its first win in district play.
The Farmers will travel to Euless Friday Sept. 29 to take on Trinity High School. The Trojans, just like the Farmers, have a 1-5 record in district, and should give the Farmers a decent chance of getting back in the win column.
Following Friday’s match with the Trojans, the Farmers will finish their season matchup with Hebron High School on Tuesday Oct. 3. The match against the nationally ranked Hawks, will likely be a tough game for the Farmers again.