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Lady Mustangs senior an even-keeled standout

Jordan McCalla has been a force for the Grapevine volleyball team this season, and coach Whitney Woody said there is a good reason why.

The Lady Mustangs outside hitter has 404 kills on the season entering this week’s games, and Woody said McCalla is a key component to Grapevine’s success so far.

“Jordan brings two things,” Woody said. “First is experience in the offense. Jordan has many years under her belt as an outside hitter and has developed an effective number of shots to utilize in game situations. This makes her a persistent offensive threat.

“The second is a consistency in her level of ‘calm’ during matches. She never goes up and down too much in battle. Emotionally speaking, she stays even keeled.”

The Grapevine volleyball team was 8-1 in conference play heading into Tuesday night and in second place in the District 8-5A standings.

McCalla said that she has been pleased with the way that her team has performed so far this season and said that she is particularly impressed with the way some of the less experienced players have stepped up.

“I think we are a very strong team with a lot of room to grow,” McCalla said. “We have some young players that hold a big role on our team, and I think that they do a great job of handling it.”

The senior is a member of DECA, student council and Best Buddies (a program which matches students with intellectually disabled friends) at Grapevine High School, and she said to make a good run into the postseason, it will take daily hard work and support for each other as teammates.

“I try to bring energy to our team,” McCalla said. “Coach Woody really likes it when we play with energy, and it makes us play better as a team.”

Woody said said that she has some definite objectives for McCalla this season and said she has been impressed with what the the St. Johns commitment has accomplished.

“My goals for Jordan this season are to stay consistent and continue to find the joy in what she does every day,” Woody said. “She has played this game for many years, and having her career continue collegiately is an outstanding opportunity. We want her to enjoy this senior season and have no regrets in her time at Grapevine.”

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