Mansfield Sports

Lake Ridge future in its own hands

Lake Ridge head coach Jessica Tyler knows her team can make the playoffs if it can close out against some tough teams.
Lake Ridge head coach Jessica Tyler knows her team can make the playoffs if it can close out against some tough teams. Special to the Star-Telegram

Every team wants to get to this stage of the volleyball season and control its own destiny.

Lake Ridge is in that position and to a lesser degree, so is Legacy.

Lake Ridge, 7-4 in District 10-5A, is in third place behind Waxahachie (11-0) and Red Oak (8-3), after beating Lancaster and Midlothian last week .

This week, the Lady Eagles have Summit and Legacy and will finish the regular season on Oct. 25 with Timberview.

“This is such a tough district, it is going to come down to all the games (to determine the final seedings),” said Lake Ridge head coach Jessica Tyler.

The seedings could well be in flux as Red Oak still has Waxahachie ahead, a team which beat the Lady Hawks 3-1 earlier in the district schedule.

“We still have some tough games – all Mansfield schools – so each team will come to compete each night,” Tyler said. “We just take one game at a time and hold our future in our own hands.”

Legacy (6-5) still holds out some hope for a playoff spot after they also beat Midlothian last week to pull into a fourth-place tie with the Lady Panthers.

Although Legacy lost to Waxahachie last week, they still have Lancaster, the Lake Ridge match and Summit.

Midlothian has Timberview, Summit and Red Oak to finish.

Legacy head coach Amanda Shingleton acknowledged the Lady Broncos will likely need to win out.

“And we still might need help depending on how everything else goes,” she said.

Summit, 4-7, could be the type of disruptive team to keep all the scenarios up in the air.

The Lady Jaguars have plenty of talent and will line up with Lake Ridge, Midlothian and Legacy to finish out the season.

Timberview, 2-9, lost to Red Oak last week before picking up a win over Lancaster.

They could also figure into the upset specials as they’ll play Midlothian and Waxahachie this week.

Mansfield will take on Arlington Sam Houston and Arlington Bowie this week and finish with North Crowley on Oct. 25.

Last week, the Lady Tigers (3-7 in District 4-6A) lost in five sets to Arlington Lamar.

The final standings will likely find Mansfield one spot out of the playoff picture, in fifth place.