Lady Bucks hope to continue volleyball dominance
Following back-to-back seasons the Class 3A Region I tournament, the Breckenridge Lady Bucakroo volleyball team is eager to make it a three-peat.
The Lady Buckaroos graduated a number of talented players from the team a year ago, but are going to lean on another strong senior class to lead the way in 2016.
A large number of junior varsity players from the 2015 season will also make their appearance known at the varsity level.
With the players lost to graduation, head coach Jeana Yarbrough said she feels like there is still a strong base to build on in 2016.
“We lost a lot of players, but I don’t feel like we are starting from base zero like a lot of year when you feel like you have to start over,” Yarbrough said. “I feel like we have moved forward and didn’t really have to review a lot. They have picked it up and it has been amazing.”
This year’s seniors have a special meaning to Yarbrough as she has coached and watched them grow as players since they were freshmen.
“That’s really fun and has been neat for me because a lot of them I started coaching them at the JV level,” Yarbrough said. “Just to see the progression in them and the development is great.
“We are going to be running a lot more quicker stuff this year and they have been groomed to run,” Yarbrough said. “They are just so open to it and pick it up easily.”
Kaitlyn Ellis returns as one of the teams top hitters, while senior Lauren Satterwhite also saw playing time at the varsity level last year.
Other seniors include Alexus Roberson, Ashlyn Shugart, Caylie Mayo, Maylie Arreola and Brooklyn Hill.
With the UIL realignment that occurred in the spring, the Lady Bucks will have some new and familiar faces in District 6-3A.
Breckenridge loses Clyde and Jim Ned (last year’s number two and three seed), but gains Dublin, Early, Bangs and Comanche.
Dublin and Bangs were both area finalist in 2015 before being eliminated by Sonora (Breckenridge’s Regional Quarterfinals opponent) and Wall.
Comanche was the third place team in District 7-3A and was defeated by Jim Ned.
Dublin was the District 7-3A champion and Bangs finished second in the same district.
The Lady Bucks open district play with two road games at Early (Sept. 24) and Bangs (Sept. 27).
The Lady Bucks will then play Commanche in their first home district game on Oct. 1.
That will follow with a road trip to Eastland on Oct. 4 and three straight home games against Dublin, Early and Bangs.
The second half of district play will start on Oct. 18.