Volleyball dominating, Cowboys hope to bounce back in regular NFL season

RICHLAND VOLLEYBALL

The Richland volleyball team has been hard at work this preseason. They finished their preparations with comprehensive wins against Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf and Paul Quinn College. Richland won both games 3-0.

Lorena Perez climbs high to smash the ball for the victory against S.W.C.I.D on Aug. 31.

Lorena Perez climbs high to smash the ball for the victory against S.W.C.I.D on Aug. 31.

Speaking after the Paul Quinn game, coach Zelda Smith was optimistic about the team’s chances of progressing to the conference playoffs this fall. She believes the team is going to be a “surprise” package this season.

“They’re playing together. They have lots of experience - more drive. We have a lot of girls that have been playing a while,” Smith said.

Kyley Marberger, sophomore, is pleased with the attitude of the girls and she believes the camaraderie within the team can spur them on to the nationals.

“We have a really good team this year. We’re really close and we have a move in from [Spain] and she’s really good. It’s a total complete difference. Like last year, we were all cliquey and we didn’t really get along really well. But this year, we are all really fluid, playing good together,” said Marberger.

Richland will play Texas College in the Richland gym on Sept. 5. at 7 p.m.

Volleyball team members watch from the bench.

Volleyball team members watch from the bench.

 

DALLAS COWBOYS

After 4 straight losses in the preseason games, Dallas Cowboys have their eyes set on an opening day win.

This was the first time since 2014 that the Cowboys had gone winless in the preseason.

Despite their poor run of form, coach Jason Garrett is adamant that once the regular season kick off, the Cowboys will be back to their winning ways. Reacting to the losses, Garrett was positive at a post-game press conference following the preseason final against the Houston Texans.

Team captain Dak Prescott leads the Cowboys this season.

Team captain Dak Prescott leads the Cowboys this season.

“I thought we got better as a team over the course of four games,” he said. “Obviously you have a lot of different objectives going into each of the games. [It] starts with the playing time of your guys. You’re obviously looking at other people. Certainly, when you go out there you want to win, we’re competing to win but that doesn’t override the other objectives we have. Obviously if we wanted to win this game the number of guys who didn’t play in the game would have played.”

Ezekiel Elliot, a prominent figure in the Cowboys team wasn’t featured in any of the preseason contests. Garrett suggested that he was preserving his star men like Elliot and Dak Prescott for the regular season.

Elliot is raring to go. “I think we’re both ready to embrace this leadership role,” Elliott, who still leads the NFL in yards rushing per game last season, told The Associated Press. “We’re excited for this year to come. Camp is long, the preseason is long, but there is nothing like that first game when the lights come on for real.”

The Cowboys have added reinforcements ahead of the first game. The Kansas City Chiefs traded offensive lineman Parker Ehinger to the Cowboys for undrafted cornerback Charvarius Ward.

The Cowboys will face off against Carolina Panthers in Charlotte to start the NFL season on Sept. 9 at 3:25 p.m.