The early-week games all yielded district wins for the Mansfield ISD District 14-5A volleyball teams, while Mansfield was feeling good about its district season, which kicks off Sept. 11.
Due to the holiday this week, results from all the teams’ Friday games were unavailable before the press deadline but can be found at www.dfwvarsity.com.
But in last Tuesday’s games, Summit, Lake Ridge and Legacy all picked up important district wins.
Mansfield, although battling through tough competition, will use those challenges in preparation for the start of their District 8-6A schedule which launches on Friday.
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Summit’s win over Waxahachie is evidence the slates are clean.
Last year, Waxahachie was the district champion, suffering just one loss in league play. That loss came at the hands of Lake Ridge.
The Lady Jaguars lost the first game 22-25, but then reeled off three straight, winning 25-14, 25-23 and 25-17.
“I’m so proud of our girls for playing with heart and working hard,” said Summit head coach Linda Alfaro.
Summit (2-0) was taking on Lake Ridge in an early season district showdown.
Lake Ridge, also 2-0, took care of Ennis in three games in their first district game and then took care of Red Oak, 3-1.
Following the Lady Eagles’ game with Summit on Sept. 4, they were to take on Timberview and then will host Lancaster Sept. 11.
Timberview’s victory came in a hard-fought, five-game win over Seguin. The win puts the Lady Wolves at 2-0, and they were to take a crack at Waxahachie on Sept. 4 before playing the early-week game with Lake Ridge and traveling to Legacy on Sept. 11.
Legacy, who just played their first district game last Tuesday, was 1-0 after beating Ennis.
The Lady Broncos had Red Oak on Sept. 4 and their early-week game was Summit. They will host Timberview on Sept. 11.
Mansfield, under first-year head coach Taylor Elrod, had hosted Arlington on Sept. 4 and was taking on Highland Park in their early-week game.
The Lady Tigers start district play this Sept. 11 at home with Cedar Hill.
With three tournaments under its belt, Mansfield added a tough pre-district slate to help prepare for the district battle.
Mansfield finished in a tie for seventh place at the Mansfield ISD tournament and was sixth at the recent San Marcos tournament.
With eight seniors on the roster this season, one surprise freshman and a remaining junior-laden squad, Elrod likes the potential for this year.
“I knew what talent we had,” the previous Mansfield JV coach said before moving up to varsity following Judy McGill’s retirement. “There’s a lot of talent and a lot of potential and we’re excited to see what the season looks like going into district.”
Just some of the talent resides in leading scorer Savannah Olivarez.
The pleasant surprise for Mansfield has been the play of freshman Molly Phillips, who is currently the team’s leader in blocks.
Although the tough schedule to date has left the Lady Tigers at 9-10 through the San Marcos Tournament, Elrod is pleased with what the team has accomplished and is encouraged about the schedule ahead.
“The tough schedule shows us what we need to work on and what we’re strong in,” Elrod said. “It’s been a good challenge going into district. We may have lost some along the way, but it’s helped us out.”
Elrod said the Lady Tigers will continue to work on the finer details as they prepare for a highly competitive district slate of games.
Mansfield was third in the district last season and exited after the first round of the playoffs.