Best of 2024

Lady Raiders welcome interim coach with returning talent

by | Aug 5, 2022 | Latest, Sports

It’s a new age for the Wylie East Lady Raiders volleyball team.

Making the move up to 6A, Nicole Calverley leads the Wylie East volleyball team as the interim coach after coaching the JV team last season. The previous head coach Lisa Curry resigned over the summer.

Calverley is excited to help lead the program in the transition and believes the team should be able to compete at a high level.

“We feel pretty good overall, with two juniors coming back as our setters and three starting freshmen returning to the team from last season,” Calverley said. “Our core group is all returning and with the new district we see a lot of potential in the team this year.”

East graduated four seniors from the 2021 team that went 16-16 overall and 9-5 against District 10-5A competition. Despite making the transition up to 6A, things might be a bit easier for Wylie East after competing in a district that featured back-to-back state champion Lovejoy and McKinney North, one of the top-ranked teams in the state last season as well.

“I think we can for sure finish very well in the district, if not compete for a district championship,” Calverley said. “We’ll be working hard to be in the conversation and compete at the top level.”

The Lady Raider’s three rising sophomores – Erika and Amy Hernandez and Julia Hicks – all are slotted in to start once again for the team in 2022. Erika Hernandez was named the District 10-5A newcomer of the year last season after impressing as the team’s starting middle blocker.

“They’ve all greatly improved from last season and are getting better every day,” Calverley said. “They’ll be big contributors for us along with several seniors for us who will step up as leaders for us as well.”

For the full story, see our Aug. 3 issue or subscribe online.

Best of 2024

0 Comments

Order photos

Related News

Pitch made for new power plants

Pitch made for new power plants

Lt. Gov Dan Patrick joined with the world’s largest investment firm to pitch investors on building natural gas power plants in Texas at a summit held last week in Houston. Patrick and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink shared the stage as they attempted to persuade investors to...

read more
Capital projects discussed

Capital projects discussed

The focal point of the Tuesday, Feb. 13 regular council meeting was a work session regarding the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project status and proposed CIP five-year plan led by City Engineer Tim Porter. Recently completed capital projects include Wylie Fire...

read more
Hartman celebrates 60 years of education

Hartman celebrates 60 years of education

Mayor Matthew Porter, Congressional Staffer Susan Fischer, Hartman Elementary Principal Vanessa Hudgins, Wylie ISD Superintendent David Vinson, Wylie ISD Deputy Superintendent Kim Spicer and Hartman Elementary Office Support Staffer Susan Shuler. Sixty years ago, a...

read more
Chief plans mental health initiative

Chief plans mental health initiative

Wylie Police Chief Anthony Henderson started the new year with a goal to better assist residents experiencing a mental health crisis. Describing his plans for the department’s new mental health initiative, Henderson said one of his main objectives is to not only help...

read more
Wylie East hoping to pay  back slumping Rockwall

Wylie East hoping to pay back slumping Rockwall

The Lady Raiders will get a shot at redemption as they open the postseason with the Rockwall Lady Yellowjackets. A year ago, Wylie East was defeated by Rockwall in their bi-district matchup, but will hope to turn those fortunes around on Monday. Austin Smith/The Wylie...

read more
Lady Pirates get bi-district rematch

Lady Pirates get bi-district rematch

The Lady Pirates are turning their attention to the postseason after finishing 14-2 in district play (24-7 overall). They will take on a familiar foe in Mesquite Horn, who defeated Wylie a year ago in the first round of the playoffs 44-39. Austin Smith/ The Wylie News...

read more
Dewey or don’t we?

Dewey or don’t we?

On Christmas Eve 2008, there were just three of us working in the office. Well, technically, there was one of us working, the other two were there. A couple of the young ladies on staff either didn’t have enough vacation time built up or they were saving it for...

read more
Conservative Republicans host forum

Conservative Republicans host forum

Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Texas’ 3rd Congressional District are, shown from left, Keith Self, Jeremy Ivanovskis, John Porro, Tre Pennie and Suzanne Harp. The moderator is Jessica Bartnick, Collin County Conservative Republicans president. Bob...

read more
Best of 2024