Volleyball: Lady Falcons Ready for New Regime

Volleyball: Lady Falcons Ready for New Regime

by Steve Gamel

New Lake Dallas volleyball coach Angel Mauterer is still trying to get a feel for her new surroundings. But she is insistent this year’s Lady Falcons team will again be in the hunt for a playoff spot in District 14-5A.

Mauterer happened to be the head coach for District 14-5A rival, Carrollton Creekview, last year. Not only did her team split its regular-season series with the Lady Falcons, but both teams finished tied in the standings and were forced to play a third time to determine playoff seeding. Creekview won in a five-set thriller.

Point being: Mauterer knows how difficult it is to beat Lake Dallas. Her goal moving forward is to build off that.

Mauterer replaced former coach Heather Van Noy, who is now the head coach at Guyer. In six seasons at Lake Dallas, Van Noy led her team to the playoffs four times. This includes two trips to the third round. Mauterer is no stranger to the postseason, either, having taken Creekview in each of her last 10 seasons as coach.

To build off Lake Dallas’ first-round playoff exit last year, Mauterer said she will rely on the trio of Kasey Bortnem, Mallory Klingele and Bailey Dolezalek. The rest of the roster, and how they lineup the best on game nights, is still to be determined as the Lady Falcons work their way through the first part of the season. But Mauterer is optimistic.

“I’m very excited,” Mauterer told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “There’s been so much going on with spring practices and summer leagues, that there’s been plenty of opportunities to watch these girls. I just haven’t had a chance to coach them. I’m eager to get started and build upon the tradition that Heather started.”

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