When the Mansfield Lake Ridge volleyball team finished its regular season last week with a win over Mansfield Timberview, it marked the first official opportunity to look ahead to another playoff run.
The Lady Eagles finished the district season at 10-4 and a game ahead of Midlothian for second place.
Midlothian had just knocked Red Oak off the perch for a share of second place with Lake Ridge.
Now the focus is on the bi-district round, where Lake Ridge was set to face Burleson Centennial on Tuesday.
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Centennial had finished third in District 9-5A.
In a match against a similar opponent, Centennial had lost to Timberview in three games, but that match was in tournament play early in the season on August 20.
Lake Ridge had also swept Granbury in the first match of the season, the team which ended up as district co-champions in District 9-5A.
Lake Ridge and head coach Jessica Tyler know better than to rely on reciprocal logic to give them an upper hand in a playoff environment.
“Burleson Centennial is a strong, competitive team,” Tyler said.
With the hopes of advancing after a win, Lake Ridge would next be paired against the winner of Dallas schools Hillcrest or North Dallas later this week.
“The team is prepared to compete,” Tyler said. “We’ve had four great practices, and (Monday) we will just refine things heading into (Tuesday’s game).”
Results of the bi-district round were unavailable at the press deadline, but can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
Mansfield Legacy ended the season on a night of frustration but on a high note.
Summit beat a disheartened Lady Broncos squad which was knocked out of playoff contention as the Lady Jaguars won in four sets.
Legacy needed a reversed decision of the Red Oak loss to Midlothian to force a tie for the final playoff spot.
The win put Summit at 5-9 in the district behind Legacy, which finished at 7-7.
Mansfield also ended its season with a closeout win over North Crowley last week.
It was a five-set match in the Lady Tigers’ win and left them in fifth place in District 4-6A.