Janet Angell always seeks perfection and improvement on the court.
It doesn’t matter to her that her Waco Midway Pantherettes have only 10 varsity players or that she only has three seniors.
Nor does it matter that they are stepping up from 4A to 5A competition.
Angell won’t allow her team to make excuses if they miss the playoffs — even if some of it is her own doing.
Midway installed a few offensive strategies and swept the host Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves 25-15, 25-19, 25-15 to get one step closer to the postseason Tuesday
“A win is a win and it gets us one step closer (to the playoffs). We could have played a little cleaner,” said Angell. “Our problem is making errors on our side of the court, like in the second game, but in Games 1 and 3, we did a little bit better with it.
“The new plays might have led to some miscues, but if we miss one serve or put the ball where it’s not supposed to be then I’m not gonna be happy.”
The mistakes were noticeable in Game 2 as an attack error, a serve out and back-to-back kills by Shoemaker (11-15, 0-8 8-5A) put Midway down 6-2.
The Pantherettes overcame the blunders with two straight kills by junior Laine McGinty. Then junior Christy Carruth set McGinty and senior Angel Summers for back-to-back kills that put Midway (16-22, 5-3) ahead for good at 11-10.
Carruth had 40 assists and McGinty had five digs and tied with sophomore Allison Jones for the team lead with 12 kills. Shoemaker senior Tearra Roberson had 12 kills to go with five digs and three blocks to lead the Lady Grey Wolves.
“The mistakes we made were usually on our side because we didn’t talk or receive (the ball) well, but we’ll clean that up for when we play Temple,” Carruth said. “Even though we are young and haven’t played together a lot, when we play as a team, we play good.”
For Shoemaker, head coach Merdith Shaw-Moore isn’t looking for perfection as much as she looks for positives to build on.
“The results don’t show it but my girls are getting better — you can see the improvement and the no-quit attitude,” said Shaw-Moore. “They’re doing a good job of fixing the little mistakes but they just have to do a little bit better.”
Roberson understands that, though her team is struggling, as the captain she has to stay even-keeled even if she doesn’t always feel so positive herself.
“I have total faith in my team that we can turn this around and get some wins,” Shaw-Moore said.