Being a returning starter and all-district standout is about more than just outstanding physical ability on the volleyball court. Often, helping cultivate and extend a winning culture with younger teammates is just as valuable.
So it’s a double-dip when the returning Co-Defensive Player of the Year from District 10-5A, Capri Davis, gets back on the court for Mansfield Lake Ridge after a productive offseason.
Davis has added to her arsenal as a middle blocker by becoming more versatile as an outside hitter. Those skills were honed during her club team play with the Texas Image in a summer in which they qualified for the national tournament in Minneapolis.
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Even with all her power and potential, the 6-1 Davis seems to be just as focused on preaching and instilling the team’s newly created 14 core values in their “Protect the Net” culture.
“We want the core values to represent us as we go forward — for this team specifically,” Davis said.
The whiteboard list started with some 150 items to be included and once they were categorized and gleaned to a manageable tablet of commandments.
And while the Lady Eagles are stacked with talented players, Davis said there’s still a focus on getting to the state tournament with this year — an elusive achievement for Lake Ridge.
“We use last season [a regional semifinals appearance] for confidence, but we saw how much we really need to improve to get farther,” Davis said.
Davis is joined by fellow all-district returning sophomores Madison Williams and Logyn Hinds as well as three new freshmen and other move-ins, making the 2017 edition of the Lady Eagles a youthful but potent team.
It’s nice to have players with that college aspiration, but we want to put it all together to get to the state tournament.
Capri Davis on her team’s top priority
Already committed to play at Nebraska, Davis said that even though not all the players have an end goal of playing in college, the goal is to play in the state tournament.
“We’re going to do all we can to get to the goal of playing in the state tournament,” she said. “It’s nice to have players with that college aspiration, but we want to put it all together to get to the state tournament.”
Davis said she’s likely expected at Nebraska to be a hitter so the transition and training to add that her abilities aren’t just an experiment.
With her talent, Davis hopes to become a three-time all-district selection and add another superlative, such as MVP on her own team and the district to her resume.
Team goals, though, are top of mind for Davis.
Going undefeated is on the list, but the state tournament trip at the end of the season is what’s driving Lake Ridge.
“We want to get as far as we can and we know we can never settle — every point, every rally — we won’t settle. We’ll do it right or do it again,” Davis said.
Whatever the season holds in store for the Lady Eagles, Davis is looking forward to her senior year and just embracing it, she said.
“[High school] has definitely flown by,” she said. “My freshmen year, I looked up to the seniors above me, and I saw them at our alumni game. They were talking about how crazy it is that I’m a senior now.”
If her talent holds true, Lake Ridge opponents will be more than happy to see Davis graduate as soon as possible.