Net Gains: Boyd Lady Yellowjackets

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
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The 2018 volleyball season is here. Practices have started and area teams will play their first games of the season next week.

To get you ready for the upcoming year, the Messenger previewed all seven Wise County teams as schools begin their quest to claim a state title.

2017: 3A semifinalists

Macee Valtr; Boyd, Outside Hitter. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets finished one set shy of playing for a state championship last season.

In the nine months since pushing eventual back-to-back 3A champion Goliad to five games, the Lady Yellowjackets motivation has been easy to find throughout every grueling workout.

“We talk a lot about our reaction after the game,” said senior outside hitter Macee Valtr. “We want to take that negative energy we had after that game and use it. We were upset after that loss because we were right there with them. We’ve taken that as all the more reason to get better, try harder and be better in every aspect of the game.”

“It’s been a lot of hard work. Every time we’re in the weight room or gym, we have something to live up or work up to. We already know what it takes to get there, let’s do more. Let’s excel and reach the goal.”

The goal is to win that final match and bring home the program’s first state title. Even bringing back a majority of its roster from last year, including its top three hitters – Jordyn Todd, Delaney Pellegrini and Valtr – and an all-state libero – Larrin Maxwell – they know nothing can be taken for granted.

“You want to focus on what’s in front of you and don’t get ahead of yourself,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “At the same time you have to dream big. My kids are expecting to be able to return to the state tournament. They know like last year that it’s not going to be easy. It’s not supposed to be, and that’s what makes it so great once you get there. You had to put in all the work and had to fight through a lot of adversity.”

Some of that adversity could come in the newly formed District 7-3A that includes Peaster, who Boyd beat in the region quarterfinal in five games, and Brock, who it took down in the region final. It’s competition, the Lady Yellowjackets relish.

“We’re glad to have the competition,” Valtr said.

In the first Texas Girls Coaches Association 3A poll released Thursday, Brock was ranked fourth ahead of Boyd. Bushland was the top ranked team from Region I in the second spot.

Todd, who set a school record with 580 kills, leads a potent offense. Valtr added 423 kills and Delany Pellegrini 264.

“Our offense is going to be in good shape, but like always our focus is defense,” Crafton said.

Maxwell spearheads the defensive effort. The school record holder for digs made 699 last year.

Last year, the Lady Yellowjackets utilized a pair of setters with Macey McCune and Victoria Pellegrini sharing the load. With McCune graduating, Crafton is weighing her options on what type of offensive alignment the team will run.

“The hardest part of my job this year, because we have so many kids that can play so many positions, is finding the right fit for everyone,” Crafton said. “It’s good we have options. We could easily run a 5-1 or 6-2.”

“Kamryn [Frenzel] can set. We have some options if we need them.”

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