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Cooper volleyball players: Lady Pirates have the drive to succeed

Cooper plays Stephenville in the Class 3A, Region I semifinals at 3 p.m. today in Snyder

Posted: November 9, 2012 - 1:12am
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Cooper volleyball’s Megan Allen doesn’t describe herself as an emotional person.

But when the final point went down in a five-set, come-from-behind victory against Big Spring on Tuesday, Allen welcomed the tears of joy.

“I think everybody was in tears from the bench to our fans, cheerleaders, everybody,” Cooper coach Courtney Pesterfield said. “When you make history like this, it’s definitely something to be emotional about.”

The history Pesterfield speaks of is the first trip in school history to the regional tournament.

With the Lady Pirates’ win against the Lady Steers in the 3A-I regional quarterfinals, Cooper earned a date with Stephenville (27-16) at 3 p.m. today in The Coliseum in Snyder.

A win against the District 7-3A champion Honeybees would give Cooper a 3 p.m. match with the winner of today’s earlier semifinal between top-ranked Abilene Wylie and Springtown.

The Lady Pirates (28-8) basked in the regional quarterfinal win, but Cooper has turned its head toward going beyond the regional semis.

Allen is preparing for Stephenville, but is also thinking about the future of Cooper volleyball.

The junior doesn’t want this year’s run to be a fluke.

She said she wants the banners that hang inside Cooper’s gym to have more than just one thing on them each season.

“I want this to be a new thing that the team can be doing now, not just something that happens just once,” Allen said. “I want this to be a road that we’ve set.”

Last year’s Cooper team won its district, but lost its first game after an opening-round bye.

Pesterfield said last year’s loss was heart-wrenching, and this year’s team has taken it upon itself to put in the extra work.

Junior setter Torey Kay, who stepped up when all-state setter Katelyn Stewart went down with a season-ending injury early in the season, said the players have more drive this season.

“We didn’t have the drive to do it (last season),” said Kay. “Everybody was just like, ‘it’s playoffs, it’s OK if we lose’, and we also had a lot of drama on our old teams. We haven’t had any drama this year at all.”

Kay said she didn’t have her best match of the season against Big Spring, but she could rely on her teammates to pick up the slack and keep her spirits high.

Allen said the Lady Pirates trust each other this season, and that has helped them get further than any Cooper team before.

“It’s not just the game and the talent that will get you through,” Allen said, “it’s having the bond and trusting the person behind you that they’ll get the ball up. Me and Keelie (Nelson) always say, ‘I got your front if you got my back.’ ”

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Region 3A-I
Tournament

What: Abilene Wylie (39-5) vs. Springtown (31-3), 1 p.m.; Stephenville (27-16) vs. Cooper (28-8), 3 p.m.

Where: The Coliseum, 900 East Coliseum Drive, Snyder.

Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for students.

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