Central’s volleyball team headed south to San Marcos to compete in the last tournament prior to the start of the district schedule and hoped to work out some kinks and establish chemistry.
The 32-team event has become somewhat of a routine for the Lady Chargers as they look to put the final pieces together before the games start counting toward a hopeful playoff season.
Last year, Central won the tournament, but head coach Terri Kelso said only three players are making the return trip this season from last year’s tourney championship.
Central enjoys making the travel to the tournament during the Labor Day weekend, in order that the girls and their families can enjoy the long weekend and possibly make side trips to San Antonio or Corpus Christi following the tournament.
Helping to prep them for the tournament, Central beat Burleson Centennial on Tuesday in four games.
As important as gathering wins, is the final meshing of players to create the best chemistry on the court.
Kelso said that with injuries to two players early on, only the Burleson Centennial game gave them the full complement of expected starters on the court at the same time.
“We haven’t been able to see them all together and get the chemistry right,” Kelso said.
Bre McGlanahan had returned recently as one of the key players for the Lady Chargers. Then, setter Hailey Griffin stepped back onto the court Tuesday with having only a partial practice under her belt.
“We’re still trying to find which girls work best together,” Kelso said as they enter the tournament for an extra six to eight games.
“We hoped it would all come together quicker, but it’s coming along. The Burleson Centennial game is one that we can build on,” Kelso added.
They’ll also have games this week against Argyle, Trinity and Birdville.
Central will launch into the district schedule on Friday, Sept. 12 against Byron Nelson, a team the Lady Chargers had lost two games to in the Northwest ISD Tournament.
The Lady Panthers are coming off a 3-0 win over Haltom last Tuesday in a match where they were able to exert their will over the Lady Buffs. Fossil Ridge won 25-10, 25-9 and 25-17. Up next following the trip to San Marcos are home matches with Decatur (Tuesday) and Weatherford on Friday. They’ll travel to Denton on Tuesday before opening district play when they host Keller on Sept. 12.
Prior to the Ridge and Keller district opener, the Lady Indians will have competed at the Arlington ISD Tournament and then will play at Burleson Centennial on Friday. They then host Grapevine on Tuesday.
Another KISD team playing in the Arlington tournament was Timber Creek. Head coach Erin Wood had been looking for her squad to bounce back after not performing as she had expected at the Northwest ISD Tournament, and they did just that.
The Lady Falcons took out their frustrations on Trimble Tech on Tuesday, winning 25-17, 25-10, 25-18.
The win was a nice lift heading into the Arlington tourney on Friday and Saturday, where Wood said they’d play two rounds of pool play in the morning and afternoon before bracket play on Saturday.