Led by middle blocker Liz Underwood, the Clyde volleyball team will try to build on the momentum from last year’s success. The Lady Bulldogs went 21-7 a year ago, breezed through the District 6 -3A race with a 10-0 mark and reached the area round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Underwood, the district MVP, was named to the Class 3A all-state team as well as the Big Country Player of the Year in 2020.
“Liz became a very dominant all-around player last season,” Clyde coach Laura Carr said. “She plays with great passion and makes those around her better.”
The 6-foot-1 Underwood led the team with 373 kills and 288 digs.
Lexi Burleson, another key returnee for Clyde, is a 6-2 middle blocker/outside hitter.
“Lexi finished the season with the best hitting percentage (.495) in the state of Texas, according to MaxPreps,” Carr added. “She became very dominant at the net this past season.”
Payton Phillips returns as the team’s setter.
“She does a phenomenal job running the court for us,” Carr noted.
Phillips had a team-high 430 assists a year ago.
Abby Carr will step in as the team’s other setter. Carr calls Chloe Ukle, who will be an outside hitter/libero, a “very strong passer and defensive player.”
Clyde returns seven letter winners and four starters from last year’s team.
“We lost some key players that were four-year starters,” the Clyde coach stated. “However, I feel this team will come together quickly and be just as strong as last year.”