Net Gains: Chico Lady Dragons

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: Bi-district qualifiers

Cassie Byers; Chico, Outside Hitter. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Chico Lady Dragons have a new sheriff in town.

Heading into the 2018 season, Lady Dragons coach Ciandra Seabourn is looking to pass along the habits she learned through years of playing in college into leading a successful high school program.

Fresh off her playing career at Cameron University and coaching at Weatherford Christian, Seabourn’s central goal as practice begins is making hard work the standard in Chico.

“I think we need to be more competitive from what I’ve seen so far,” Seabourn said. “We will get there. I think I can change that. It might take a while, but I think I’ll start seeing that change by the first couple games”

Chico is coming off a 25-7 campaign last year. The Lady Dragons lost to Collinsville 3-2 in the bi-district round. In 2016, the Lady Dragons reached the 2A Region II semifinal.

Chico’s combined record over the past two years is 53-15.

“My expectations are high,” Seabourn said. “I think we can change the culture around here, and I think we can improve all-around in Chico girl’s athletics.”

Cassie Byers is a Chico player familiar with high expectations growing up with a sister who received all-state honors.

Byers emerged as a leader last year as a freshman and looks to continue that role this season.

“Becoming a leader as a freshman, that’s a big thing having to do and set an example for the other freshman who could be on varsity,” Byers said.

Byers said her goal for the team is claiming a district title this season.

“Our district has changed a lot, but I think we could be good enough to get first or second,” she said. “That’s the goal.”

The Lady Dragons will kick off their season on the road against Forestburg at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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