Lake Dallas Volleyball Lady Falcons Ready for District Run

Lake Dallas Volleyball Lady Falcons Ready for District Run

Lake Dallas Volleyball Lady Falcons
Ready for District Run

by Steve Gamel

The Lake Dallas volleyball team is already a few weeks into its 2019 season and has its sights set on being one of the favorites in the District 8-5A playoff chase. That race begins September 13 against Justin Northwest, and yes, the Lady Falcons have another head coach leading that charge.

Kristinn Holbrooks took over in April for former coach Jason Roemer and is now the program’s fourth head coach in as many seasons. For the players and fans, having a new coach every season has become the norm as of late, but Holbrooks sees this year as the start of a long and successful relationship.

“That’s the plan because I hate change,” Holbrooks said with a laugh. “When you have that much turnover, it’s a disservice to the kids because there isn’t any consistency. For these seniors, one of the first things I asked was, ‘what can I do to make sure this is your best season?’ We’re trying to change the culture here.”

It’s not like Lake Dallas is a program in the middle of a downward spiral. They always have strong players, and even with the coaching changes, the Lady Falcons continue to be competitive and consistently make the playoffs. But if anything is missing, it’s the deep playoff runs. Before Heather Van Noy was hired as Guyer’s new head coach following the 2016 season, she had compiled a 143-91 record over six seasons at Lake Dallas. She led the program to the playoffs four times, including two trips to the third round.

Holbrooks, who has more than 25 years of coaching experience in high school and club, thinks a return to those glory days is very much in the cards. And it could start as early as this season.

Lake Dallas has six returning starters back, including four who were all-district athletes. That list includes senior setter Ruthie Forson, last year’s district setter of the year, junior outside hitter Candace Collier, sophomore outside hitter Caelyn Gunn, and junior middle blocker Macie Banks.

Holbrooks also pointed to Delanie Schantz and Sloan Griffin as girls who will be relied on heavily this year.

“It’s a pretty good core group of girls returning,” Holbrooks said.

If there’s a weakness to this year’s team, it’s the fact that they are undersized in comparison to their district bunkmates. The District 8-5A slate that features Denton, Ryan, The Colony, Braswell, Little Elm, and Justin Northwest. Holbrooks said she spent the last few months making sure her team had access to a strength and conditioning coach.

“We need to be athletic and stronger than our opponents to outweigh the fact that we are undersized,” Holbrooks said. “These girls have been put through the wringer, and they’ve stepped up and responded.”

Lake Dallas will play its first district home game September 17 against The Colony.

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