Summit looks for separation in standings

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The Summit volleyball team has the opportunity to take matters back into its own hands this week and can impact tiebreakers toward its favor.

After losing to Legacy twice, Summit came back last week by beating Lake Ridge. The win boosted the Lady Jaguars’ district mark to 6-3 and into a tie with Legacy for third place in District 15-4A.

This week, Summit hosted Lancaster on Tuesday and will travel to Red Oak on Friday.

Red Oak enters this week in second place with a 7-2 mark. Wins over both opponents this week would push Summit into a tie for second and give the Lady Jaguars a tiebreaker advantage by having beaten Red Oak twice. They already own the two wins over Lake Ridge, as well.

The four-game win over Lake Ridge wasn’t being taking for granted by Summit.

“(Friday) night was a big match for us,” Summit head coach Linda Alfaro said. “By beating Lake Ridge, we avoided losing the tiebreaker advantage with them.”

Going forward, Summit will have their work cut out for them as they juggle their lineup due to injuries.

“Not having Arianna (Baker), our dynamic middle blocker, is big,” Alfaro said.

Baker was injured during the Legacy match and won’t play this week, Alfaro said.

“We’ll make changes and work with a new lineup,” she said. “That’s part of why the Lake Ridge win was so important. We’re working with a new lineup since when we started volleyball this season.”

With the district’s top teams still coming up on the schedule, Alfaro said there’s plenty of work to do.

“We’ll work with our new lineup and be ready,” she said. “We most likely won’t have (Baker) for Waxahachie, so for us to be able to beat them, we’ll have to perform very well.”

After this week’s games, just three matches will remain in the regular season and every week becomes that much more important.

“The second half of district becomes so important because we’re fighting to stay in,” Alfaro said of the team’s playoff hopes. “It’s important to beat the teams we already beat in the first round to secure a spot in the playoffs. It’s been two years since we’ve been in the playoffs.”

•  Legacy, which took the tiebreaker with Summit with the win a week ago, faced Lake Ridge on Tuesday and Ennis on Friday. TheLake Ridge match played after the press deadline, but results can be found at The Lady Broncos lost to Waxahachie on Friday and will not face Red Oak until the final regular season game.

• Lake Ridge, currently the odd-man-out in the current district standings (4-5) for a playoff spot, will face Lancaster on Friday. The standings’ water could be muddied should the Lady Eagles beat Legacy during the match played on Tuesday.

• In District 7-5A, Mansfield continues to roll, as the Lady Tigers stay unbeaten at 8-0 after picking up wins over DeSoto and Midlothian last week. The team has South Grand Prairie and Duncanville on the schedule this week.

• Timberview stays in a second-place tie with Midlothian at 6-3 with wins over Duncanville and DeSoto last week. They prepare for Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie this week. Next Tuesday, the Lady Wolves will have their shot at Mansfield for the second time when they host the Lady Tigers.

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