Volleyball: Corsicana looks toward playoffs

The Corsicana volleyball team has done something it hasn't been able to accomplish since the 1979-80 season. The program has reached 20 wins and is looking to continue to ride that success in District 15-4A and into the playoffs.

Although Corsicana lacks overall height, players are working together to make the team successful.

“We have great team chemistry and we adapt well to any given situation as a team," head coach Amber Feist said. "We are unselfish when it comes to making a successful play.”

One such player is Katie Cook. Cook is an all-around threat who puts up numbers in every aspect of the game, but she also leads with her determination and focus.

Another kep player is Annie Starling. Feist calls Starling an intelligent player who is able to read the opposing team’s defense.

Other players to keep an eye on include Maddie Andrews, Erika McKissack, Tamera White and Cecilia Lopez.

Despite reaching the 20-win plateau, Feist believes her team still hasn't reached its full potential. Corsicana should prove to be a postseason threat if it can maintain its confidence.

“My team just needs to keep playing their game and consistently work toward their goals," Feist said. "I'm proud of them and look forward to playing in the postseason.”

Wylie East focused on building its program

Wylie East probably won't finish at the top of its tough district, but the Raiders shouldn't be counted out in the future as the team gains experience and the program continues to grow.

It is Wylie East’s first year with seniors and only its second year as a varsity team, so the Raiders are clearly still building.

Carey Strong, who signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma Baptist in September, and Casey Shewmake are two outside hitters to keep an eye on this season.

Coach Chelsea Beal believes two of her team’s greatest strengths are passing and aggressive serving. But there are still areas to improve upon.

In addition to aggressive defense and accurate serve-receive passing, Beal says reading the opposing team more effectively is an area that needs improvement. She wants her team to increase its awareness of the other side of the net.