Houston area volleyball teams hit the ground running in September as the season officially began for 5A and 6A schools.
For Shadow Creek, this season marks the beginning of their legacy in the 6A classification, having been 5A since opening. They find themselves in District 23-6A with the Pearland ISD and Alief ISD schools, and they seem to be doing just fine.
The Shadow Creek Sharks only return six players from last season’s thirteen-man roster, and the team includes many fresh faces with an abundance of talent to offer. Despite losing their six starters from last season, the Lady Sharks have demonstrated an incredible amount of potential in such a small amount of time.
Coach Whitney Daniel returns for her fifth season as head coach of the Lady Sharks, having built the program from the ground up since the school’s opening in 2016. In her previous four seasons as head coach, Daniel has not failed to appear in the playoffs, finally making it to the Regional Quarterfinals for the first time last season. The team fell short in the Quarterfinals to Friendswood.
The Lady Sharks varsity team currently sits at 2-1 in district play (6-3 overall) after a four-set victory against Alief Taylor, a five-set thriller against Alvin, and an upsetting four-set loss to Dawson.
The team is led fearlessly by senior setter Michele Murphy, who returns to her starting spot expected to fill the shoes of 2020 graduate, Alexis Williams. After being named to the 24-5A 2nd All-District Team and posting 470 assists and 229 digs for the 2019 season, Murphy is expected to double her stats this year as she plays as a six rotation setter and the team captain. Not only can Murphy set, she also aids junior Deja Benjamin on blocking the outside and has a mean swing if given the opportunity to hit.
VYPE caught up with Murphy to ask a few questions about the team this year and what she expects from district play this season:
VYPE: How are you feeling about the start of district play for the 2020 season?
MURPHY: I’m pleased with how district has started off, but we still have a lot of work to do. Losing to Dawson has given us extra motivation to work harder on the court.
VYPE: What are some of the biggest advantages and skill sets this year’s team has to offer?
MURPHY: Our team has done a fabulous job of blending together when we all come from different ages and skill levels.
VYPE: How has the team compensated for the loss of six seniors last season? In what areas is this year’s team better?
MURPHY: Each and every player has really stepped up and is doing their best to fill the shoes of the starting six last year. Our team this year has really focused on building a healthy, encouraging relationship with one another. I think this is a vital step that will carry us far into the playoffs.
VYPE: What are your expectations for the team during district? What is your main goal?
MURPHY: The goal for district is to be if not first, then second overall in district. To accomplish this, my…
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