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Marshall Lady Mavs' Buchanan chases perfection on volleyball court

By Nathan Hague
Sept. 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Marshall's Chloe Buchanan is among the East Texas leaders in digs so far this season.

Perfection is a big thing for Chloe Buchanan. Marshall's setter is 11th in East Texas when it comes to digs as she currently has 261, but she's not satisfied with that.

"I've got to get higher, work for No. 1," Buchanan said. "Definitely on serve and receive, I want to make that as perfect as I can because that's what makes the game. That's the only way you're going to be able to score."

Buchanan is just a sophomore and she said she has improved by leaps and bounds since her freshman season.

"I feel like I've stepped up in leadership for sure, and for sure gotten closer to everyone else and seeing the ball more, having a little more confidence," Buchanan said. "I feel like my leadership is strong by example and helping people know what they need to do."

Marshall first-year head coach Kayla Green said Buchanan has a leadership quality many sophomores don't have.

"I think it's more of a trust factor," Green said. "We want balls funneling in her direction. So with her back there as a libero all the time, it gives me comfort and it gives them comfort because we know nine times out of 10, that ball is going to target. She's pretty spot on for serve-receive. Last week she almost passed perfect, which is very rare. She passes almost 200 balls a week in serve-receive."

Buchanan said that trust factor is important.

"I've learned that we're just going to have to build our communication for sure and we cannot get an attitude on the court," she said. "We're just going to have to trust each other. That's the key right now. We've got to help each other out. We can't just be worried about ourselves. We may get a great dig but if it doesn't work out, we've got to make it even better, like if we can get a kill and the point, that's what we're working toward, the point and the win."

Her Lady Mavs currently hold an overall record of 7-19 and a District 16-5A record of 0-2 but Buchanan is confident things will turn around for her squad.

"We're definitely going to improve and I expect to win some district games," she said. "We're going to get a lot better. Everything is starting to show. We've just got to get it to work on the court during the game. We all get along and we're all good friends on and off the court. We all just want to see us improve individually and collectively."

If the Lady Mavs are able to squeeze out some district wins, Buchanan will likely have a lot to do with that.

"She's huge for us," Green said. "She's a big part of our team. She's a very good server. She's probably our most consistent server. She rarely misses serves and gets quite a few aces too."

The Lady Mavs are slated to return to action at 4:30 p.m. today when they play host to Atlanta in a non-district game.



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