Lady Mustangs ‘cool customers’ as they fight for higher berth

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All Grapevine wanted was a chance. As the Lady Mustangs (25-14, 9-4 in District 6-5A) continued to march through volleyball district play, they hoped for a break so they could play for a higher seed in the postseason.

They got that help last week when Hurst L.D. Bell dropped both of its matches to Colleyville Heritage and Euless Trinity to fall into a tie for third. Both teams were 9-4 before they met in Tuesday’s regular season finale at L.D. Bell. Each has already clinched postseason berths. The winner clinched third place. The loser finished fourth.

Even though the season will continue into next week, that’s not the approach coach Diane Wilson is taking with her team.

“Essentially, the playoffs start this week because of what’s on the line,” Wilson said. “It’s not an elimination situation, but it’s still the postseason because of where you want to be in the playoffs. We’ve got to value what that means.”

The Lady Mustangs lost the first meeting to L.D. Bell in four sets in a match that still haunts Wilson because she believed her team did not play the way it was capable of playing. Perhaps this team found a bit of swagger when it knocked off Trinity three weeks ago. Grapevine was 5-1 in the second half of the district season before Tuesday.

“These girls are a bunch of cool customers,” Wilson said. “They don’t get wrapped up too much into what’s going on except what they have to do on the court.”

The postseason seeding

A win over L.D. Bell would have meant a bi-district matchup with District 5-5A runner-up Lewisville Hebron. A loss would have meant a meeting with two-time state champion and 5-5A champion Coppell, which is ranked No. 6 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 5A poll.

Wilson said she planned on playing Abby Lawton (ankle sprain) Tuesday. There was a moment of trepidation last week when Lawton went in for X-Rays. But they were negative. Monday’s practice was going to determine how much Lawton could give Grapevine.

“We’re going for it with Abby,” Wilson said. “She was going to play and stay in until we determine where she can’t help us.”

Colleyville Heritage rolling

The Lady Panthers (36-6, 13-0) were looking for the double sweep of the district Tuesday against Trinity.

Colleyville Heritage wanted to go undefeated in district play and also win the required 42 sets to go undefeated. They just did not want to drop one in the process.

Coach Jamie Siegel’s team clinched its third district championship on Friday with a win over Irving. While the Lady Panthers know they are the top seed in District 6-5A, they don’t necessarily know who they will play in 5-5A. Lewisville and Flower Mound Marcus are tied for fourth. Each plays at Coppell and Hebron, so there’s a chance they could remain tied and play it off for the berth.

District 6-5A and 5-5A coaches will meet Wednesday in Grapevine to set up their bi-district playoff matchups. Colleyville Heritage remains ranked No. 3 in the state volleyball Class 5A poll.

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