Volleyball off to hot start

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Photo by: Chandler Elsbecker

Junior Kenzie Dozer spikes the ball past a Rider player during Denton’s close 3-2 win over the Raiders. The victory put the Lady Broncos in sole possession of first place.

The varsity volleyball team started the season running as they are off to 6-0 in district and hold first place by three games. With the team playing well on both the offensive and defensive sides, the team still thinks they can improve.

“I think we’ve been doing well every single game,” senior Hannah Altman said. “Each game we just keep improving and adding on to everything that we’ve already learned and coming together more as a family and more as a team.”

Varsity has been winning all of their games, but they think they can play even better from where they are now.

“I think we have been playing well but not as good as we can,” senior Kody Jones said “We’ve obviously won all of our games but that doesn’t mean that doesn’t mean we’ve played at our highest potentials.”

Pleased with their 6-0 start, coach Danielle Kading doesn’t want the team’s wins to get in their heads.

“She’s proud of us but she won’t let up,” Altman said. “She’s going to keep pushing us harder and harder.”

With a tough schedule ahead of them for the next two weeks playing second place Boswell and fourth place Wichita Falls the team knows that they still have a lot to go wo win district.

On the offensive side, senior Jade Akins has 323 kills overall and averages 4.09 per game. Leading the defense, Junior Emily Curtis has been saving the ball numerous times with 423 digs, averaging 5.79 per game.

She’s going to keep pushing us harder and harder,”

— senior Hannah Altman

“Emily Curtis always puts her heart and soul and body into this game,” Kading said after Denton’s win over Rider. “Our blocking [is] a little bit off, so she [has to work even harder to earn the ups for her team, and she sacrifices] herself all night.”

Even though they have been playing great, there are still some things the players think they need to work on.

“Right now I think we need to work on not getting too anxious about the game, and just focus on winning, and really work on playing together as a team,” Jones said.

The team has a tough two weeks ahead of them, playing second place Boswell and fourth-place Wichita Falls.

“We just have to keep doing what we do best,” Altman said “We have to play our best volleyball game that we can play.”