Legacy builds experience in tournaments leading to district opener

08/29/2014 12:45 PM

08/29/2014 12:46 PM

When you’re a young team, having a bye in the first week of district play works to your advantage. In addition to Legacy’s volleyball schedule allowing for garnering another non-district game, the Lady Broncos have also targeted the Argyle Tournament, which has a best three-of-five games format.

Those additional games at the tournament last weekend have Legacy prepped to open their district schedule at home when they host Ennis. On Friday, the Lady Broncos will travel to Red Oak to continue their district contests.

“We’re young and we’re playing through a lot of young mistakes and learning to play at a fast speed,” said Legacy head coach Amanda Shingleton. “We always want to push and we’re getting there. The girls have worked really hard and are pretty good about making adjustments and being coachable.”

Instead of having a district game last Tuesday, the Lady Broncos took on Arlington Martin, one of the stronger 6A teams in the state. Although Legacy lost that match 3-1, Shingleton said the competition – including having played Decatur, a state champ from last season – her team could keep a high-level of play before the district teams come up.

“We don’t let off the gas,” she said.

In the first round of pool play at the Argyle Tournament on Thursday, Legacy won all three games, beating Riverside, Lake Dallas and Graham. They were to move on to bracket play in the Gold Division on Saturday, but due to press deadlines, results were unavailable.

The previous week at the Northwest ISD Tournament, the Lady Broncos went 3-5.

Records aside, the real season started with Ennis on Tuesday.

The district in total should be more of an “up for grabs” season. Last year, Waxahachie, Red Oak and then Legacy all won the games they were supposed to win, keeping the status quo intact.

“It should be really interesting this year,” Shingleton said.

Ennis was already beaten in the district opener by Lake Ridge, 3-0. The Lady Eagles posted 25-18, 25-13, 25-20 games. They were hosting Red Oak and then playing at Summit on Friday.

Summit, after posting a 3-1 win over Seguin in their district game, traveled to San Marcos for tournament play. They’ll return next week to pick up district games with Waxahachie and then the clash with Lake Ridge.

Timberview also notched a win in their first district game, manhandling Lancaster, 25-9, 25-13, 25-8. The Lady Wolves were to play at Seguin on Tuesday and will then host Waxahachie on Friday.

Mansfield, still awaiting their district play to begin on Sept. 12, lost to North Crowley last week. They also traveled to San Marcos for the weekend. They were to host Lovejoy on Tuesday and then travel to Ennis on Friday.

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