Wildkat volleyball heads to second round with playoff dreams alive


photo or infographic by Alyssa Beaulac

SENIOR SEASON. Setting the ball for sophomore Carly Paugh, senior Savannah Paske contributes to the big win over College Park. WIth a 5-3 record in district, the Wildkats are setting in play off contention as they open the second round of district play.

After winning in three sets against Oak Ridge Friday night, the Wildkats are ready to start the second round of district play Tuesday night against New Caney. 

Currently in fourth place of district 13-6A, the playoff dream is alive for the team. 

With 19 kills and a double double, sophomore Carly Paugh’s effort was a big help in the win over Oak Ridge.

“The highlight of the first half of the season was sweeping College Park and Oak Ridge,” Paugh said. “That is something we haven’t done since we have been 6A.”

Senior Savannah Paske also had a double-double of 29 assists and 10 digs. She also had five kills in the game.

“It feels amazing to be even considered to go into playoffs after our record the last two years,” Paske said. “I love playing with these girls and couldn’t be more happy this is how my senior season is going.”

The team has strong camaraderie on and off the court, something that the players know is key to the success of the team. 

“This season has been amazing, just getting to know the girls and training with them,” sophomore Summer Clark said. “Playing is always so fun, but cheering on the bench and getting hype is always one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what else we do this season.”

COURT CAMARADERIE. After a key point in the game against College Park, players celebrate. A key to the success in the game is the way the players support each other on and off the court. (photo or infographic by Alyssa Beaulac)

The team has supported each other through the first half of the season. The leaders of the team have welcomed the new players and mentored them.

“Being new to this team has already been a highlight to freshman year,” freshman Tori Greeney said. “I love all the girls, and I love how they push and guide me throughout practice and games. I look up to everyone of them, and I am so grateful how welcoming they are.”

The bond is what will keep the team together and focused during round two of district play. 

“The fact that we are in the spot to make it to playoff is huge especially since we haven’t for awhile,” junior Christa Johnson said. “Our team has improved, and our bond is closer ever since the first of the season. We have all learned to be there for each other and the result is being shown in our gameplay.”

With the dream of the playoffs so close to reality, the players are focused and optimistic. 

“It is amazing to see how much this team has grown as a whole,” Paugh said. “I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season holds for us.”