Hebron & The Colony Ready for Another Season

Hebron & The Colony Ready for Another Season

by Steve Gamel

Hebron volleyball coach Karin Keeney didn’t mince words earlier this month when she said the 2018 season would be a challenge for the
Lady Hawks. To think Keeney’s crew will struggle at anything is hard to imagine. After all, the Lady Hawks won their third straight Class 6A state title last year. Only one other team in UIL history has done that in the state’s largest classification, and Hebron now has five titles since 1999 to its credit. But if coach Keeney says things may be different this season, she should know.

“We graduated 13 girls. There were really good players in that group, too,” she said with a laugh. “We’ll always be competitive because of the nature of the program, but it will be interesting.” Keeney added, “I don’t want to say we’re rebuilding. But we’re definitely reshuffling.” How difficult this season is for Hebron remains to be seen, but they deserve the benefit of the doubt. In fact, the sky is the limit for both volleyball teams in the Life in Castle Hills coverage area. While Hebron went 41-7 last year, The Colony rode the coattails of its own strong senior class to a 30-12 record and a first-round playoff win in Class 5A.

Both programs are inexperienced, but with tournament schedules quickly drawing to a close, they’re sure to be battle tested when district play begins. “I think we’ve got a good core group,” The Colony coach Terri Harrod said. The biggest question for Hebron is filling the shoes of several dynamic players. Gone are the likes of first-team Under Armor All-America outside hitter Adanna Rollins (Minnesota), all-state libero Annie Benbow (San Diego), and all-district middle blocker Lauren Merrill. Outside hitter and setter Nicole Drewnick, a junior who committed to Nebraska, announced she would only play for her club team
this fall.

That leaves all-state middle hitter and outside hitter Emma Clothier, who is committed to Florida State, and UT-Arlington pledge Jessica Stancliff, to lead a much younger group. “It will be an eclectic group,” Keeney said. “The coaches here are used to the intensity that comes with constantly having a target on your back, but these kids aren’t. They don’t know that every point and every mistake is amplified here. They’ve been working hard, though, so I’m anxious to see what happens as we move through the season.”

As for The Colony, Harrod has a few more key pieces to work with, including senior outside hitter Abby Gentry, and senior libero and defensive specialist Regan Doss. They are the only two seniors on the team and will be flanked by Jayda Coleman, who was a first-team all-district selection last year as a sophomore, Sarah Baguio, and Ashlee Procious.

“It’s a good group, and I think that helps when you have a few young girls coming in who will need help developing,” Harrod said. “Our district will be full of teams that made the playoffs a year ago, so it will be a challenge. But everyone likes a new district and a new look.
We’re excited.”

The Colony’s district features Denton Ryan, Denton High, Denton Braswell, Lake Dallas, Little Elm, and Justin Northwest. Hebron will be in the same district with Marcus, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, Irving, Irving MacArthur, and Irving Nimitz.

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