After nine games this season, the young squad from a year ago has turned into a machine headed in the right direction. On Tuesday against South Gibson, the progress was evident.
Led by junior Madalyn Chilcutt, the Lady Choctaws had no mercy against the Lady Hornets, winning the match in straight sets, 25-16, 25-13 and 25-23, to improve to 7-2 overall on the season.
While the squad is enjoying a successful run this season, Ray saw it all coming a year ago when the team was showing signs of what was coming.
"I knew there was a lot of potential and athleticism on this team, but they have exceeded my expectations already this year and we're still getting better," said Ray. "I expect us to go a long way this season. We're playing well right now, but we can and will continue to get better."
On Tuesday, the Lady Choctaws were dominant for the majority of the contest. With timely serves, digs, blocks and a load of kill shots, the visitors were simply overmatched.
Chilcutt finished the 3-set victory with 8 aces, 3 kills and 4 blocks, while teammate Madilyn Petty finished with 6 kills and 6 digs. Anna Tarkington was solid with 8 assists and sophomore Morgan Perkins rounded out a balanced attack, finishing with 6 kills.
"The girls are communicating very well and they've shown a tremendous amount of heart," added Ray. "Today was an example of that. They talk to each other and always seem to be in the right spots."
DC will have three huge contests next week against district foes North Side, Munford and Brighton. Ray is excited about the opportunity to see where her squad stacks up in the district. The Lady Choctaws are 1-0 in district play already having defeated district power Brighton earlier in the season in straight sets.
The key to being successful according to Ray is having an all-out effort every time the team steps on the floor.
"I want to coach girls that give me 110 percent every time they step on the court, and these girls have done that," she added. "We're seeing some good competition this year, but as long as we continue to have a great team effort, I like our chances to go far this season."
The Lady Choctaws will take a breather before resuming play on Sept. 10 at home against North Side beginning at 5 p.m.