Following a bye Tuesday, Copperas Cove’s volleyball team returns to action tonight, traveling to face Class 6A No. 1 Waco Midway.
The Panthers are 29-2 overall and possess an undefeated District 8-6A record of 4-0 after sweeping Belton 25-12, 25-12, 25-10 on Tuesday.
Midway’s last loss was against No. 5 Clear Creek at the Pearland tournament Aug. 13.
While the Lady Bulldawgs cannot contend with the Panthers’ 23-match win streak, they have been on a roll since entering district play and go into the contest with a unblemished record as well.
Copperas Cove (23-11, 3-0) is coming off a 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 win against the Lady Tigers at home Friday. En route to the victory, several players put up some impressive statistics.
Offensively, senior Brianna Acker delivered a team-high 14 kills, while sophomore Aidan Chace added 11 kills and 14 assists to complement setter Kiarrah Carlisle’s 26-assist outing.
Defensively, libero Madison Wasiak had 25 digs as teammates Chyanne Chapman and Dazsa Braddock posted eight and four blocks, respectively.
During the previous three seasons, Midway has only lost three district matches, and the Lady Bulldawgs were responsible for two.
Copperas Cove suffered its first district loss Tuesday, falling at Harker Heights 15-4.
The loss drops the team’s record to 18-6, 1-1.
The Lady Bulldawgs tandems of Tessa Bliss-Zonya Mackwelung and Alyssa Gonzalez-Zamira Manuel earned Copperas Cove’s only victories in doubles before Noah Chapman and Trystan Jackson each captured wins in singles competition.
“We did not lose the match due to lack of effort or heart or even less ability than our opponent,” Copperas Cove head coach Paul Talbett said. “We came up short because we could not handle the pressure situations and close out matches we had under control.
“We control our own destiny and will continue to work on gaining confidence and handling the pressure of district.”
The Bulldawgs and Lady Bulldawgs will look to rebound from the defeat today as they travel to face Midway at 4 p.m.
After competing at Gatesville’s Bill Bradley Invitational last week, Copperas Cove returns to action today, racing along the course at Waco’s Heart of Texas Soccer Complex for the Waco meet.
The event will serve as the second-to-last race before the District 8-6A meet on Oct. 21.
Following today, the Bulldawgs and Lady Bulldawgs will be off until Oct. 8, when they travel to Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park — home of the state championships — for the Round Rock McNeil Invitational.
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