The Copperas Cove Lady Dawgs volleyball team is off to a terrific start. 

After winning eight of nine contests at the Austin ISD Tournament last week, Cove owns an overall record of 10-1.

Cove 10-year head coach Cari Lowery credited her whole team with the squad’s strong start.

“We got on the team bus in Austin on Saturday and I addressed our whole team about all-tournament awards,” Lowery said.

“I told our girls that I’m glad it wasn’t me doing the picking because every single player on our team did something special during that tournament to help us have success.”

Earning all-tournament honors in Austin were setter Mikayla Blount and libero Lexi Perez, both Cove seniors.

“The sky is the limit for this team,” Blount said. “Once we each find our parts where we can contribute, and do those things consistently, we can be great. Right now, we have offense from every direction and our defense is solid, too.”

Cove’s sole loss this season was to Austin Bowie on Bowie’s home court on Saturday morning.

“We played OK in that game,” Lowery said. “It’s actually not that bad to lose a game this time of year. We had beaten some people by really wide margins earlier in the week. So sometimes you need a loss, learn from it, then get better as a team.

“The way I see it, if you learn from a loss, then it’s not really a loss.”

Cove finished 40-8 in 2013. So, naturally enough, that record combined with Cove’s smoking hot start in 2014, means the Lady Dawgs will have a target on their back come district play next month.

“Absolutely,” Lowery said. “We know everyone will be playing their best against us.

“We’ve already noticed teams scouting us. We just need to concentrate and make sure that we’re constantly pushing ourselves to get better.”

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