Volleyball: Denton improves by leaps, bounds

Denton's blocking and offensive skills have improved since last season, a change coach Danielle Silva credits to CrossFit-style workouts.

The team has options offensively, with a few players capable of putting the ball down.

"We are digging balls we wouldn't normally dig and then making plays of those digs," Silva said.

Denton has been improving on serving and serve-receive passing since the season started. If the team can be more effective on serve, it believes it could drastically increase its chances of going far this season.

Players to keep an eye on include and junior Gennifer Holberg and senior Kaillie Ralston, who has shined at middle blocker the last few matches.

"In her senior season she is playing with so much heart and intensity you can't help but feel her presence when she is on the court," Silva said.

Holberg showed what she was capable of offensively this preseason and should see more time with the ball as the season continues.

Denton is working on staying focused and healthy, which was difficult to do last week when a bug went around and affected the team.

"We have been researching what it takes for athletes to have mental toughness," Silva said.

Lake Dallas starts strong in 4-4A

With a 4-0 start in district this season, Lake Dallas is a top contender to finish first in 4-4A.

This team is playing well together, making its strong blocking and defense an even more dangerous tool. Seniors Whitley Chambers, Sarah Street, and Samantha Llamas are making a difference on the court.

Offensively, however, the Falcons have struggled to finish matches.

"We have a tendency to let teams get big leads on us and then we have to dig ourselves out of a hole," coach Heather Van Noy said.