Cedar Park just two wins from state title

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Lindsay Ledyard watched as her senior sister and the Cedar Park volleyball team made it to the state tournament for the first time in school history in 2012. As a senior herself this season, she hopes to take the Lady Timberwolves one step further.

Cedar Park heads to Garland as one of four teams left in the state volleyball tournament and will take on Lucas Lovejoy in the semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center. The state championship match would be Saturday at 4 p.m.

“It hasn’t hit any of us yet,” Ledyard said. “None of us have been in an atmosphere this big. Everybody is excited to just get there because we could make history if we win this game and could go on to make even more. We’re super excited to get there and we’re ready to play.”

Four of the five matches Cedar Park has had in the playoffs have gone to five sets, including its 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 14-25, 17-25, 17-15) win against Rouse in the regional finals last Saturday at Texas Southern.

The Lady Timberwolves beat Tomball 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 17-25, 25-15, 15-12) in round one and Bryan 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 15-9) in round two before their only three-set match of the tournament with a 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-22) win over Magnolia in the third round. They beat Barbers Hill 3-2 (25-7, 17-25, 19-25, 25-18, 16-14) last Friday in the regional semifinals.

A win against Lovejoy would set up a state final on Saturday against either Amarillo or Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway. Before playing college volleyball at Nebraska, Cooper went to high school in Amarillo.

“Our slogan has been ‘win one more’,” Cedar Park head coach Kori Coper said. “We’re not doing anything different to prepare for this weekend. The hay is in the barn already. We’ve done the work, it’s just a matter of going out and executing.”

Following the win against Rouse, Cooper said the Lady Timberwolves will go as far as Ledyard takes them. The setter, who signed her letter of intent to play at Tulsa last week, leads the team in sets played (124), digs (286) and assists (1033).

“A lot of people counted on me because setter is kind of the quarterback for the team,” Ledyard said. “I like that role because I like to help them get through things they need help with. You have to know people personally to understand how they respond to instruction best.”

The team gained a new, furry member after their regional final win in Houston that will be joining them in Garland as well.

Cooper found a puppy at a boutique across the street from their hotel in Houston and thought it would be a good idea for the team to come see her. Ledyard convinced her coach that if they made the state tournament, she should adopt the puppy.

On a whim, Cooper agreed, and the rest is history.

“Her name is Timber and she now lives with my mom and dad,” Cooper said. She’s our living, breathing representation of what this group has achieved. We’re proud of how far we’ve come and we still have work

to do.”

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