Legacy-Summit opener a harbinger of tough district schedule

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Most area volleyball teams began district play on Friday the 13th, and that was true of all five MISD schools. Two of them in particular faced each other. Legacy and Summit faced off for the second time this season, though as the District 15-4A opener, this one would count for something more. On Friday, the Lady Broncos avenged their earlier loss to the Lady Jaguars in the Sunrise Rotary Tournament by outlasting Summit three games to two.

“Preseason is a totally different animal from district play, so regardless of what had happened before I knew that it was going to be a tough game and that we would need to compete,” Legacy coach Amanda Shingleton said. “I didn’t think my kids were going to show up any less prepared because they had already been beaten by Summit. If anything, having already been beaten by them makes you focus in a little more. We were expecting it to be a battle and it was.”

Legacy took the first two games 25-13 and 25-20, but Summit stormed back with 25-16 and 25-22 wins in games three and four to force the decisive fifth game, which the Lady Broncos won 15-10.

“Anytime you have a crosstown rival, it really doesn’t matter who the better team is, I think it’s going to be a battle and a dogfight,” Summit coach Linda Alfaro said. “I anticipated it being that way and it was exactly what I expected. I just had hoped we would come out on the other end. We just didn’t produce enough offense to win the match.”

Shingleton was especially happy with the play of her middle blockers, Sam Eaton and Amanda Lambert, who helped open up the offense. Summit, meanwhile, was hampered by the loss of freshman standout middle Veronica Webb – an injury that forced the Lady Jaguars to alter their offense after the first game.

“We had hoped to start off district with a win, especially since it was a home match, so it was a little disappointing,” Alfaro said. “But, it’s not anything that is detrimental to us to still accomplish our goals.”

For Legacy, it was a solid start to district play.

“It was a huge win for us honestly because in the preseason we had lost to them,” senior setter Kelsey Rombach said. “So, we really wanted to come out and win our first district game, obviously, but it was really special to us to beat them.”

“Any win in district is big,” Shingleton added. “Any road win you can get is great. But that’s just one. Now we have to move on to the next one. We’re taking it one at a time.”

It was also a bounce-back win for the Lady Broncos, who were coming off consecutive home losses to Mansfield and Argyle. Rombach admitted that the team’s confidence had been shaken a bit by the previous week’s results.

“We were kind of in that test phase,” Shingleton said. “It’s the first match of district. How are you going to respond? Are you going to show up to compete? I had confidence going into the game, but I wasn’t sure how they were going to put it together.”

The Lady Jaguars face Lake Ridge in their second district match, and Alfaro feels like it’s a tough draw for her team.

“I think it makes it a little tougher on us,” she said of opening the district schedule against two MISD rivals. “It’s a different emotion that you’re bringing into a match. But then again it starts us off with the kind of emotion that you’re going to have to deal with in a playoff situation or anything like that. So at the same time it prepares you for things down the road.”

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