HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: A different kind of ‘Dome Magic’



Two years ago, former Bowie High School head volleyball coach Jeanie Stark had the idea to open the season at Midwestern State University’s D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Last year, Bowie played Archer City as the “Battle at The Dome” series was started, and it’s grown exponentially.
“We’ve had high school playoffs here,” said MSU volleyball coach Natalie Burton. “I’m involved with the volleyball community here, with the ZIVA club. I think it’s an awesome opportunity and great for the kids.”
Burton said the volleyball players get a taste of what it’s like to play on the Mustangs’ home court, and what the school offers.
Both Bowie and Nocona will participate in the “Battle at The Dome” this year as the field has expanded to 14 teams.
MSU sports information director Trey Reed reports tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students. There also is a two-day pass available for $10.
The slate of matches may be found on Page 3B.
“Natalie was all for it,” said Stark. “It’s a great kickoff, and the local teams get to play at a big venue.” Read more in the Aug. 5 Bowie News.

Lauren Gill (3) celebrates the last time Bowie played on the court at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls. Gill will play a role in the Lady Rabbits success in volleyball this year, and she’ll play her first matches on Tuesday versus Archer City and Wichita Falls Rider. Also photographed is graduate Carcyn Robertson, who’s now playing for East Central University in Oklahoma. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro)