The Mansfield ISD Sunrise Rotary Tournament is often regarded as the toughest early-season tournament, and the 32-team field didn’t disappoint.
Lake Ridge forged a fourth-place finish and Summit took sixth in the championship bracket, while Timberview came out second in the Silver bracket.
The local teams all saw some success, and it’s just another week before district begins for all except Mansfield.
A recap of the early season indicates a wild season may await all five teams.
Lake Ridge lost to Granbury 3-0 to open the season last week. They then reeled off four straight 3-0 wins in the MISD Sunrise Rotary Tournament before losing to Fossil Ridge. The Lady Eagles then went 2-2 the rest of the tournament, as they picked up wins over Mansfield and El Paso Americas before dropping the final games to Arlington and Arlington Martin. In addition to picking fourth place, Josannah Vazquez and Murielle Hlavac were named to the All-Tournament team.
“The play was very favorable, and the girls competed very well,” said Lady Eagles head coach Jessica Tyler.
They Lady Eagles were set to play Forney on Tuesday and will then play in the Northwest ISD Tournament this weekend. They open district play at Ennis next Tuesday.
Summit beat Bowie 3-0 in their first game of the season. In the tournament, the Lady Jaguars then streaked through the next five games with 3-0 wins (West, Fort Worth Southwest, Wolfforth Frenship, Wichita Falls Rider, Arlington Grace Prep) before being knocked off by Arlington Martin. Another loss to Arlington set up Summit and Mansfield, where the Jags got past the Tigers in three games.
Summit (7-3) will take on Kennedale on Tuesday and then home for the JV vs. Mansfield on Friday.
The Lady Jaguars varsity will take the weekend before taking on Sequin in the district opener on Aug. 26.
With a nine-team district, the teams are beginning district play almost two weeks earlier than normal.
“We’ll take the weekend off, since so many of our girls play select ball,” said Summit head coach Linda Alfaro. “As much as they play in the off-season, hopefully the rest will pay off in the end.”
Lejla Camdzic was an All-Tournament team selection for Summit. Alfaro noted their only three losses were to Arlington schools.
“One of the reasons I like our tournament,” said Alfaro, “is because we play some really tough teams. If you’re playing teams not quite as strong, you can get away with not being disciplined.”
After the matchup with Seguin, Summit will travel to the San Marcos tournament before coming back to pick up again with district play versus Waxahachie, one of the favored teams in the new district alignment.
Timberview lost to Keller, 3-1 and Boswell, 3-0, prior to the tournament. The Lady Wolves opened the Sunrise Rotary tourney by beating Arlington Sam Houston and Midland Lee before losing in pool play to El Paso Americas. They also dropped games to El Paso Franklin, Mansfield and Keller Central. They got back on the winning track with wins over Kennedale and Wichita Falls Rider to win the Silver bracket championship.
The Lady Wolves will host Fossil Ridge on Tuesday and then play in the Northwest ISD Tournament this weekend. They will open at home in district play with Lancaster on Aug. 26.
Mansfield started the season with a split on the first day of competition, with a loss to Irving and a win over Arlington Lamar. In the Mansfield ISD Tournament, the Lady Tigers were on a streak, picking up wins in the initial pool play over Southwest Christian, Bryan Adams and Legacy. They then picked up another three straight wins over Keller Central, Timberview and El Paso Franklin. They lost heartbreaking games the rest of the way to Lake Ridge and Summit in identical 2-1 game scores. Savannah Olivarez was named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Tigers will look to bounce back as they were set to take on Grapevine on Tuesday before heading to play in the Northwest ISD Tournament this weekend. They’ll then travel to North Crowley for a match on Tuesday.
Legacy started the season with a loss to North Crowley. But they came back to beat Bryan Adams and Southwest Christian in the MISD Tournament, eventually losing in pool play to Mansfield. The loss to Lake Ridge came next, but the Lady Broncos then picked up a win over El Paso Americas. The Lady Broncos lost successive matches to Fossil Ridge and Arlington Grace Prep but finished on a positive note with a win over Keller Central, to finish 4-4 at the tournament.
The Lady Broncos will host Grand Prairie on Tuesday before traveling to the Northwest ISD Tournament.