JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
BURNET — The Burnet High School football team isn’t the only squad in kelly green chasing a district championship.
With a single-digit loss total, the volleyball team has earned 24 wins this season against eight losses through Oct. 19.
And though the Lady Dawgs are impressive to watch on the court, head coach Salye Coles remains impressed with how they perform out of the gym.
“They are fantastic kids,” she said. “They have good values, good morals, they make good choices. They work at being fantastic role models to kids on and off the court.”
This squad is trying to follow in the footsteps of the 2009 team, which reached the regional tournament. Like that team, the 2015 version has depth in each position, and a different Lady Dawg leads in a different category in each contest. That also means opponents can’t key on one or two Lady Dawgs, Coles said.
“When they do that, the others step up,” she said. “We have more options. It doesn’t matter. We have the ability to make adjustments to compensate.”
Some of the credit goes to senior setters Sami Hogan and Kasey Taylor, who are responsible for matching hitters to blockers to give their team the best chance to win the point.
“They do a phenomenal job of knowing where the defender is and where the blocks are,” Coles said. “I don’t think setters in that position get credit. There is so much to it. People don’t see the intelligence of the game.”
Another part that’s unique about this team is the players don’t worry about individual stats; instead, they’re concerned about getting the win. And that’s what has made this season so wonderful, Coles said.
“We’re very protective of each other,” she said.
One key has been the Lady Dawgs’ approach to the season. They try to simulate what happens in a match during practice, and if a player doesn’t do it correctly, she immediately asks to redo it.
“They want to do well. They want to execute well,” Coles said. “During the (three-set) loss to Liberty Hill (on Oct. 9), we were disappointed in our play. We were not ourselves. We didn’t execute the way we had been.”
Burnet remains in the District 13-4A championship race. But that’s not the only goal, Coles said, noting the Lady Dawgs believe they have enough to go several rounds in the playoffs.
“I think they can go all the way,” she said. “We talk about it every day.”