August 11—The Greenville Lady Lions are opening their 2022 volleyball season at the Princeton tournament.
The Lady Lions, who went 23-16 last season, are to play three matches in the tournament on Thursday and three on Friday.
They are to play Crandall at 3 pm, Plainview at 5 pm and Lindsay at 8 pm on Thursday.
Their schedule on Friday includes a 3 pm match against Edgewood, then at 6 pm versus Wolfe City and at 8 pm against Van Alstyne.
Greenville prepared for the season opener with a couple of scrimmages this past weekend.
“The scrimmages went very well,” said Lady Lions Coach Jenna Sickels. “I was pleased with what I saw. I have a lot of kids stepping up this year.”
The Lady Lions started practice on Aug. 1 with nearly 60 players, including 32 freshmen.
“It’s really nice to have the numbers,” said Sickels. “There’s a lot of good talent. A lot of kids are going to contribute at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels.”
Although the Lady Lions lost all-district Seniors Brooke Hutchings and Jenna Wade to graduation off last year’s team, they return second-team all-district setter Sydney Walker. Walker set for a team-high 505 assists last season plus recorded 133 kills, 40 blocks and 412 digs, second most on the team. She also served for a team-high 44 aces.
Also returning from last year’s team are Ali Johnson, Natalie Gibson, Lindsey Maner, Madison Coyle, Ashlee Robison and Caroline Bowers. Johnson recorded 165 kills, 12 blocks, 16 aces and 155 digs. Robison finished with 62 kills, 19 blocks, 14 aces and 182 digs. Coyle recorded 110 digs, while Bowers finished with 85 digs, Gibson had 32 and Maner had 18. Maner put away 20 kills and Gibson added 18.
The Lady Lions, who placed sixth last year in the district standings, will be competing in District 13-5A against Denison, Lucas Lovejoy, McKinney North, Melissa, Princeton and Sherman.
Lovejoy went 42-6 last season, winning its ninth state title after sweeping both Manvel and Grapevine in straight sets at the state tournament.
McKinney North was 26-9, splitting in two district matches against Lovejoy last season and also advanced three rounds in the Class 5A playoffs.
Melissa was a 26-16 bi-district champion.
Princeton went 21-24, while Sherman was 6-26-1 and Denison was 6-27.