After finishing the first half of district play at 3-3, North Dallas’ volleyball team’s hopes of making the playoffs didn’t look that good.
But the Lady Bulldogs kept battling, and they went 4-2 in the second half to tie Roosevelt for third place and clinch a playoff berth.
Coach Alana Cummings attributed the turnaround to finding the right combination on the court.
“I think we just found our groove as a team,” she said. “We’ve been trying different people here and different people there. One particular game, I had the right combination. Everybody was there. … We finally found the right combination. Everybody coming together at the last minute.”
The Lady Bulldogs fell to Melissa 3-0 in the bidistrict round of the playoffs, but for this team, just making the playoffs was huge.
Some of the Lady Bulldogs offered their opinion on the season:
Rosa Olivio was one of the Lady Bulldogs’ leapers and strong hitters.
“My expectations were nothing like this because we had a lot of new girls,” Rosa Olivio said. “We got closer together, we were able to work together. I would have never thought we would have made it this far. I love them a lot. I was grateful for this experience of making the playoffs in my first year.”
Jayla McIntosh, in her first season playing volleyball, was a strong hitter for the Lady Bulldogs.
“I think it was a really good season. It’s still my first year, so I’m still learning,” Jayla McIntosh said. “Overall, we did a really good job of coming together as a team, and we were bonding. Then to make it to the playoffs, that’s an accomplishment for all of us. I feel pretty good about the season.”
“It’s a great season. I think we all did really well,” Chelsey Nguyen said.
Pilar Pineda was a good server, and strong player in the backline.
“Very interesting and I had fun,” Pilar Pineda said. “I really believed in everybody. I believed we had the potential to be here. It’s like amazing that we made it this far.”
Jennifer Peralta was the captain, and a strong players in all areas.
“It’s unexplainable. I’m just so glad we made it this far. For everybody fighting and pushing throughout the whole season,” Jennifer Peralta said.
Xya Balderas kept the Bulldogs together during tough times.
“This season was one to remember. We made it to the playoffs,” Xya Balderas said.
Vivian Anthony was another new player who made an impact down the stretch.