Speights thriving at UT-Dallas

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Former Lady Cat Mary Speights, above, is doing very well as a UT-Dallas Comet, leading the team in digs. Contributed photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It’s been a glorious season so far for former Mexia Lady Cat volleyball player Mary Speights. After a successful high school career as a setter for Mexia, Speights has moved into the libero position for the University of Texas at Dallas Comets, a Division III college, where she leads the team in digs, averaging 4.20 per set so far during her freshman season.

Her play in an interpod tournament the week of Oct. 15-19 earned her the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping UTD win three ASC matches over Concordia University, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Sul Ross State. She finished the weekend with 24 digs in the four-set match against Concordia, 21 digs in a five-set match with Mary Hardin-Baylor and 15 digs against Sul Ross State in a four set match. She also had three aces during the interpod tournament.

UTD (26-6, 17-1) won two matches over this past weekend. The first was against Hardin-Simmons University, 25-22, 25-18, 25-21. Speights played in all three sets and tallied 19 digs in the match.

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