Central’s volleyball team made the long trip to San Marcos worth the ride.
The Lady Chargers competed in the Ragin’ Rattler Volleyball Tournament in San Marcos and drove back with hardware and accolades. Central took third place in the 32-team tournament’s Gold Division.
Central ripped through their pool play opponents of Fischer Canyon Lake, Austin Akins and Giddings.
After beating Mansfield in the first round of the gold division bracket, Central lost to eventual champion Boswell (20-6). They rallied to beat Victoria West to take the bronze.
Along the way, Lady Chargers Hailey Saye and Bre McGranahan picked up all-tournament honors.
Now, just three games remain until the start of District 5-6A play. Cleburne was on tap for Tuesday, while Central will be hosting Trinity on Friday.
After next Tuesday’s game at Birdville, Central will travel to Byron Nelson for the first district contest.
Also competing in San Marcos, Fossil Ridge got things back on track after a tough start in their pool play.
The Lady Panthers had the bad luck of the draw, getting Boswell, in addition to Bastrop and Connally, in their pool, but finished third.
But Fossil Ridge fought back in the bronze division bracket play to also take a bronze.
Tori Woogk picked up yet another tournament honor, being named to the Ragin’ Rattler all-tournament team.
This week, the Lady Panthers were at Decatur and have a Friday game at Weatherford. They will host Denton on Tuesday and then open district at Keller next Friday.
Timber Creek notched a win over Fort Worth Trimble Tech before competing at the Arlington Invitational and going 1-5. The Lady Falcons’ win was in three games over El Paso Americas.
The Lady Falcons will look to regroup as they were scheduled to host Weatherford on Tuesday. They will play at Richland on Friday and then be at home for Arlington Martin next Tuesday.
Timber Creek’s first district game will be Friday, Sept. 11 when Denton Guyer travels to Keller.
Keller’s appearance at the Plano Lone Star Circle of Champions tournament last weekend ended with mixed feelings for Lady Indians head coach Jaime Siegel, although she undoubtedly was pleased.
The Keller squad blanked Colleyville Heritage in two games on the final day of the tournament. Siegel left Heritage last year to come to Keller to take over the program.
After struggling against the state’s number 20, 16 and 10th-ranked teams, Keller beat Flower Mound in three games. The Lady Indians took J.J. Pearce (No. 20) to three games before losing 20-25, 25-22, 19-25.
Prior to the tournament, Keller had come up short against 12th-ranked Highland Park.
“We had a great showing, while competing with some of the top teams in the state,” Siegel said. “I’m proud of the fight I am seeing, and know it will become more consistent.”
Keller was 12-16 following the tournament and will host Burleson Centennial on Friday. The Lady Indians travel to Grapevine on Tuesday before the district opener with Fossil Ridge on Sept. 11.