KISD teams find Northwest tourney challenging

08/25/2014 1:33 PM

08/25/2014 1:35 PM

All four Keller ISD volleyball teams competed at the Northwest ISD Tournament over the weekend, and it was a trying time along the way.

Keller likely came away the least bruised, but their finish was a third place in the Gold Division of the consolation brackets.

Keller lost their three first-day pool games and started the second day in the consolation brackets. The Lady Indians came on with three wins in the next round over Chisholm Trail, Midlothian and Red Oak. Those wins pushed Keller into the Gold Division of the consolation bracket for the third day of competition.

“It was tough at the start, but we’re always improving,” head coach Sylvia Ortiz said.

In the Gold bracket, Keller beat Grapevine, 26-24, 25-23 to advance to the second round, but lost to All Saints.

Keller can’t take any shame from their opening round-robin play, as they faced Carroll, Waco Midway and Mansfield Lake Ridge, 25-20, 24-26, 23-25. Lake Ridge was the eventual Gold Division consolation bracket champion.

“You can’t get better playing teams we can beat,” Ortiz said of the stiff competition.

Keller was to host Highland Park on Tuesday and then play in the Arlington Tournament this weekend. They’ll then play at Burleson Centennial on Sept. 5 before hosting Grapevine on Sept. 9. The first district game will be against Fossil Ridge on Sept. 12.

Timber Creek lost its three first-day matches. They then lost to Mansfield, Wolfforth Frenship and Legacy in Day 2. Relegated to the lower division for the final day, the Lady Falcons beat Longview and lost to Red Oak.

“We did not perform to my expectations,” said head coach Erin Wood. “We ended up in the consolation Ruby bracket.”

Timber Creek was hosting Trimble Tech on Tuesday and then will also be going to the Arlington Tournament this weekend.

Central went 0-3 on the first day. On Day 2 the Lady Chargers went 1-2, with a win over Mesquite Poteet, which put them in the Bronze Division of the consolation bracket. In that bracket, they beat Hereford in the first round but lost to Richland to end their day.

Up next for Central is Burleson Centennial at home on Tuesday and then to the San Marcos Tournament, an event they won last year. It’s then back home to host Argyle on Sept. 2.

Fossil Ridge had also gone 0-3 on the first day at the Northwest ISD Tourney. The Lady Panthers lost to All Saints in Day 2’s first round and they joined Central in the Bronze Division of the consolation brackets.

Ridge then lost to Mansfield Legacy but came back to pick up wins over Chisholm Trail and Hereford. “We have been battling with every opponent and had trouble closing this weekend,” said head coach Jennifer Chandler. “We are playing with different lineups due to some injuries, and I love how this team has chosen to handle adversity early on.”

Fossil Ridge will also be headed to San Marcos after playing Haltom on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers are then back at home for two games, Tuesday vs. Decatur and Friday against Weatherford.

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