In the midst of pushing for district championships, deep playoff runs and the hope of winning a state championship, Friday will remind members of Carroll’s volleyball team of what it means to have the gifts to accomplish such things.
Because District 7-6A has seven teams, Friday is a bye for the team. Head coach Ryan Mitchell and his players will head over to DFW Airport to support the cause mAAgic Flight headed by American Airlines.
Formally identified as the Something mAAgic Foundation’s mAAgic Flight, it takes place in participating cities served by the airline. It provides children with life-threatening conditions and their families the opportunity to fly free to Orlando, Fla., and visit the attractions, including Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios.
While employees and families take part in the send-off ceremonies, Carroll coach Ryan Mitchell said his freshman coach Steve Nathman set it up so the volleyball team could be a part of it.
“I think all of the girls are excited to be a part of it and gain the value of what it means to play a part in someone’s happiness,” Mitchell said. “It’s going to be emotional for sure. But I think we’ll get a lot out of this.”
Coincidentally, there will be a couple of arriving flights carrying wounded veterans. The Lady Dragons will also be on hand to welcome home those men and women who have served their country.
“Really, this comes at a great time because we have homecoming on Friday and Saturday,” Mitchell said. “Normally, I would like to play a game during the bye. But this is going to be a great experience for all of us.” Former coach Arthur Stanfield set the schedule before he left earlier this year.
Working on the little things
The Lady Dragons (33-1, 3-0 in District 7-6A) breezed through last week’s matches against Haltom and Richland. They were also expected to do the same on Tuesday against Euless Trinity.
In cases like this where Carroll has the advantage, Mitchell wants to ensure his program is looking at ways where it doesn’t lose its edge. For one, he stressed to his team about the importance of starting quickly. There have been times when the Lady Dragons have been a little flat.
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“When you start strong your communication has to be very high, and you have to be engaged early in the match,” Mitchell said. “I think we did that in five of the six games against Richland and Haltom. If you start strong against a team that thinks is going to lose to you, then that start validates their thinking.”
The one concern
As proficient and productive as this team has been through the first two months and as good as the discipline has been in just about all areas, Mitchell is concerned about the consistency of the block at the net.
“At times, we look really good and at times we have these lapses,” Mitchell said. “We really have to be stronger there because that could hurt us down the road. We have the ability to be really good at it. I think we’ll get there.”