Mansfield Sports

Lake Ridge, Legacy, Summit control own destiny in final stretch

Local volleyball teams have made the turn into the second round of district games and teams will have a better sense of where they sit – either with seedings, or if they’re in at all – after this week’s games.

Legacy, Lake Ridge and Summit are still vying for a playoff spot in District 10-5A.

As usual, the previous week’s slate of games brings heightened anxiety for this week’s contests.

Last week, Lake Ridge lost to Red Oak in five games, following a loss to District 10-5A leader, Waxahachie (9-0).

Now at 5-4 heading into the week, Lake Ridge will face Lancaster and host Midlothian on Friday.

The Friday game will provide an opportunity to knock off the second place (tied with Red Oak at 6-3) Lady Panthers, a team which beat Lake Ridge in four games in their first meeting.

Tied with Legacy, Lake Ridge will meet the Lady Broncos a week from Friday.

The Lady Eagles prevailed in their first meeting with Legacy in a five-game match.

In the meantime, Legacy must run the gauntlet with Midlothian and Waxahachie this week before meeting Lancaster on Tuesday.

“This is a big week for us,” said Legacy head coach Amanda Shingleton. “We have two opportunities to help to control our own destiny. We just need to focus on one point at a time.”

Not only do Lake Ridge, Legacy have the ability to dictate their fortunes, even Summit can control its own destiny.

While Lake Ridge and Legacy have a small upper hand, Summit is within easy striking distance.

Summit (4-5), just a game out of the playoff position, has the toughest road this week with opportunities against Waxahachie and hosting Red Oak on Friday. The Lady Jaguars will face Lake Ridge on Tuesday.

“It is up to us to take matches from those teams in the second half of the season,” said Summit head coach Linda Alfaro. “And we know it won’t be easy.”

Having lost to the top half of the teams in the first round of district games, Summit knows its work is cut out.

Alfaro said the Lady Jags will need to improve on aggressiveness and consistency to turn the tide.

“We also have to keep in mind what we can control,” Alfaro said. “We will continue to work hard to stay in the mix.”

Timberview has Red Oak and Lancaster this week. The Lady Wolves were at 1-8 heading into this week’s district games.

Mansfield, 3-6 in District 4-6A, has Arlington Martin on Tuesday and plays at Arlington Lamar on Friday.