Intensity about to change for Lady Broncos

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Just one non-district match remained this week for the Legacy volleyball before the season starts again, with the heat turned up.

A match with Argyle was to be played on Tuesday before the Lady Broncos line up to take on Summit on Friday to begin district play.

“The intensity does change for district,” said Legacy first-year head coach Amanda Shingleton.

Thus far, the Lady Broncos are 15-10 following a loss to Mansfield on Friday evening.

In tournament play, Legacy took fifth in the recent San Marcos Tournament. They’ve also collected an 11th place finish at the MISD Tournament out of a field of 32 teams, as well as 13th at Byron Nelson’s highly competitive tournament with 37 teams.

“The pre-season is so different,” Shingleton said. “Anything can happen in district play. That’s what’s fun about district. You always have to be ready to play.”

The scrutiny of district matches becomes magnified, too.

In the non-district schedule, teams will play about 27 matches. There are only 14 total district matches to determine playoff teams.

“We’ve been working to find our chemistry,” Shingleton said. “We’ll see what the kids are made of.”

Senior Amanda Lancer echoed the increase in team chemistry.

“I think our team fits together well and we have better chemistry on the court,” the middle blocker said.

Fellow senior Samantha Eaton said the second-round loss to Lovejoy last year is driving the Lady Broncos to go deeper into the post-season.

“Compared to last year, we’ve had more trouble closing games, but our defense and serve-receives are so much better,” Eaton said.

“We’ll definitely do really well in district this year,” Eaton predicted. “We’re all really excited to compete in district.”

Lancer has seen improvements over the pre-district schedule.

“We’ve definitely been improving a lot through the season,” Lancer said. “We’re ready for district and to take on some of our rivals,” Lancer said.

Red Oak and Waxahachie are two of the top contenders, but Singleton said programs like Summit and Lake Ridge should be much-improved this year.

“District games will be a beast,” Shingleton said.

•  Summit, 13-6, which will be matched with Legacy on Friday for the district opener, is on a five-game win streak. North Crowley was on the schedule Tuesday prior to starting district play.

• Lake Ridge, the young but up-and-coming team in the district, took their lumps in the tough Arlington Invitational Tournament, but did pick up a win over Cedar Hill. They were to play Mansfield before they open district at home against Arlington Seguin.

• Mansfield was 10-6 heading into the San Marcos Tournament. They posted the win over Legacy last week and will have an MISD matchup with Lake Ridge before starting their district schedule Friday against DeSoto.

• Timberview has logged over 30 games already, going 13-18 after a win over Lake Dallas last week. Before the Friday district opener at Duncanville, the Lady Wolves were to play Red Oak on Tuesday.

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