Guyer Ready for Return to Playoffs

Guyer Ready for Return to Playoffs

by Steve Gamel

New Guyer volleyball coach Heather Van Noy paused for a good 20 or 30 seconds while trying to remember the last time – other than last season – when Guyer missed the playoffs.

“I want to say 2011,” Van Noy said. “I’m pretty sure that’s right.”

Clearly it had been a while, which is why last season was so tough on the Lady Wildcats. Making the playoffs has become the standard at Guyer in recent years, which is why Van Noy insists she will right the ship sooner rather than later. And luckily, she believes she has the right players to make it happen.

“These girls never stop playing. I’m constantly opening up our gym just so they can play for an hour,” Van Noy said. “We missed the playoffs last year, but these kids want to win so bad and we’ve got missing pieces that have been filled.”

Van Noy has a solid core of returning players back for her first year at the helm, including setter Miles Baker, libero Kate Cowan, Mallory Pittman, Caroline Orozco, Hope Kennedy, and Shea Slusser. Cowan rolled up 690 digs and 15 aces last year to earn libero of the year honors in District 6-6A.

It also helps to have a coach like Van Noy pacing the sideline, and anyone who knows her will agree that she doesn’t waste any time. Van Noy said there are big plans in store for the Lady Wildcats who, despite last year’s struggles, need to be reminded that they were in the third round of the playoffs two seasons ago in the state’s largest classification. This is a program that knows how to win, and Van Noy won’t hesitate to do what she needs to do to make her team successful.

The longtime Denton-area coach spent the first six seasons of her coaching career as an assistant at Guyer before taking over at Lake Dallas just down the road. She spent six seasons at Lake Dallas, compiling a 143-91 record while taking her team to the third round of the playoffs twice.

“I’m super excited to see how all the work these girls put in during the summer pays off,” Van Noy said.

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