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A&M Consolidated Volleyball Season Review

December 2, 2019

The 2019 season came to an end for the A&M Consolidated volleyball team with their loss to Georgetown. The Lady Tigers were no doubt a little disappointed at their second-round exit as they had hopes of making a deep playoff run. However, the team and coaching staff have plenty to be proud of.

As first-year co-head coaches, Colten Conner and Kailey Hicks worked very hard to implement a style of play that would help the team and players be successful. The team got their first chance to showcase this new style in their opening games at the Nike Invitational Tournament, where they went 3-0 to start the season. It was clear from the beginning that this was a talented team. Lead by a strong group of seniors and star sophomore outside hitter Ava Derbes, the Tigers finished with an overall record of 26-15. Even more impressive though, was their district record of 12-2 that secured them the second-place spot in District 19 5-A. Their ability to take advantage of playing on home-court was a big part of why they were so successful this season. The LadyTigers were only defeated twice at home the entire season!  

There were many note-worthy statistics, both team and individual, that came from this season. The team finished the year with a total of 1,213 assists which was largely thanks to senior setter Sydney McCorkle. Sydney led the Tigers in assists and recorded her 1,000th career assist earlier this year. Another player who put up impressive numbers was senior, Sutton Springer. She led the Tigers’ dynamic offense with an astounding 321 kills and was able to reach four figures, as she recorded her 1,000th  kill midway through the season. A couple of other things worth mentioning are the teams’ 1,953 total digs, and senior libero Maddie McKinney, who is committed to play volleyball for Houston Baptist University next fall. She lead the team with 626 digs. 

It was not just the on-court and statistical success that made this team and season special. The strong bond between this group of players and coaches was very evident. The Lady Tigers shared laughs through things like Halloween practice, where they attempted to play volleyball in their full Halloween costumes. There were also more emotional times, such as senior night when the senior players shared sentiments of thanks and advice for their younger teammates. It seemed like no matter what this team went though they always remained a strong unit. 

This senior group of girls will be missed, but the Lady Tigers have a lot of bright young talent on their Varsity and JV teams. Hopefully, they can build on this season and continue to shine in the years to come. 

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