Mansfield picks up steam, looks to Cedar Hill match

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Last year, Mansfield’s volleyball season ended when the Lady Tigers tied for the district championship with Cedar Hill and then lost the coin flip to determine the playoff seeding from District 7-5A.

This Friday, the Lady Tigers have an opportunity to rinse some of that bad taste out of their mouths when they host Cedar Hill for the first time this year.

Mansfield is 4-1 in district after stubbing their toe in the district opener against DeSoto. In Tuesday’s game, the Lady Tigers were visiting Grand Prairie.

“We’ll approach the Cedar Hill game the same as we do anyone,” Mansfield head coach Judith McGill said. “Grand Prairie is struggling, but they can beat you. We don’t consider any game too easy. We’re looking at each game one at a time and all the opponents the same.”

McGill is optimistic about the progress being made thus far.

“We didn’t start off too hot, but last week we picked up the intensity and teamwork,” she said. “We’re working hard and not taking anything for granted.”

Many head coaches are hard pressed to recall their overall record because they’re focused only on what matters – the district won/loss totals.

“It takes us about 30 games to prepare, but every time we win, we just want to build on what we’ve been doing,” McGill said. “We seem to take a few steps forward, a few back, but we keep moving forward.”

•  Timberview was Mansfield’s victim on Friday, dropping the match in three straight games. The Lady Wolves are 3-2 going into their Tuesday home games against Cedar Hill and prepare for Midlothian on Friday.

• Legacy remains tied with Waxahachie with 4-1 district marks after Friday’s win over Lancaster. The Lady Broncos’ loss was to Waxahachie earlier. Tuesday was a match with Seguin, and on Friday Legacy travels to Red Oak.

• Summit is staying close to the leaders with a 3-2 record after losing to Waxahachie on Friday. The Lady Jaguars will be on the road this week at Ennis on Tuesday and at Seguin on Friday.

• Lake Ridge continues to struggle, but at 2-3, could change its fortunes as it looked for an upset over Waxahachie on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles have a more even match-up with Ennis at home on Friday. They are coming off a challenging stretch after having lost to Red Oak last Friday.

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