Update at 3:45 p.m: LHHS will play Arlington Bowie Saturday at 2 p.m. at Berkner High School. Go Cats!
Maybe you’ve had your eye on the Wildcat football team this season, but another undefeated squad at Lake Highlands High just secured the 7-6A district championship and is making preparations for postseason play. The Lady Wildcats will play their first playoff match this weekend, and senior Paige Williams says prospects are rosy red.
“The girls on varsity this year might just be some of my favorite people on the planet,” says Williams. “They are so hardworking, but I think what makes us different than other teams we have faced is our relationships off the court. This year especially, we have really taken advantage of bonding as a team, not only with returning varsity athletes, but with newbies too.”
In addition to her teammates, Williams credits her coaches, including head coach Abbey Perez, for the girls’ success. The final match of the season gave the Cats a 12-0 district record and Perez her 110th win.
Williams, who plays setter, says it’s been a tough year, postponing some games while players were quarantined and keeping gym attendance low to ward off the coronavirus.
“Our student section hasn’t been nearly as big as it has been in the past,” she says,” and it’s been sad knowing we can’t have all of our friends in the stands during our senior year. It’s made the Lady Wildcats focus on creating our own energy and gym culture throughout the season.”
LHHS is currently ranked 17th in Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, and Williams isn’t ready to predict how far her squad can go in the playoffs. She will say, though, no level of success will surprise her.
“I have so much confidence in this team. These girls are amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to end my time at Lake Highlands with. I don’t want to jinx our luck, so we’re going to take one game at a time, one point at a time, and do the best we can throughout playoffs.”
Advocate will update this post when details of the playoff match are announced. Until then, Williams has a message to fans and supporters – those who’ve attended games, and those who’ve stayed home to help keep players virus-free.
“Thank you so much for supporting Lake Highlands volleyball! We can’t thank you enough for the constant love and encouragement!”