Mansfield Sports

Lake Ridge volleyball can set new mark this week

With the first two rounds of the volleyball playoffs under their belt, Lake Ridge could set a new school mark with a Region II quarterfinals win this week.

The Lady Eagles have never progressed past the third round of the playoffs, but a win over Midlothian early in the week would set a new record.

Lake Ridge beat Burleson Centennial and then Dallas Hillcrest, both in three straight sets, in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Lady Eagles had entered the postseason as the district’s top seed after beating Waxahachie for that honor when the two tied as district champions.

Lake Ridge will meet Midlothian for the third time this season after splitting the first two matches.

Midlothian won the first meeting in straight sets, but the Lady Eagles beat them 3-1 in the most recent meeting.

With a win, they would meet the winner of Frisco Reedy and Lucas Lovejoy, two teams which Lake Ridge has not yet seen this season.

Reedy is a new Frisco school and Lovejoy is a perennial volleyball power.

Preparation is the key, though, for having gone this far and for going further.

“In the area round, we beat Hillcrest and we were prepared and ready,” said Lake Ridge head coach Jessica Tyler. “We’ve prepared for this point in the season.”

Tyler likes the fact the most recent meeting with Midlothian was the victory.

Not only have the Lady Eagles avenged the early loss to Midlothian, but the seeding-game win over Waxahachie has to give them added confidence and serve as a marker for the team’s progress.

“The girls are in a different spot now,” Tyler said of the final season stretch. “We’ve practiced well. Of course, they’ll be prepared as well so we’ll see where it goes.”

With two potential playoff rounds in a week’s time, teams have to be on their game, and Tyler feels it’s a matter her squad is ready to take on.

Having played on Thursday last week, the girls got a bit of a welcome break.

“We’ve played over 40 games. It’s been a long season but a good one,” Tyler noted. “We’ve put in the work day in and day out and we’re ready to go for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be prepared.”

Legacy had missed out on the playoffs as a result of the final regular game’s outcome.

“We have a lot of players coming back with varsity experience next season,” said Legacy head coach Amanda Shingleton. “I’m hopeful that with discipline and hard work, we will find our way back to the playoffs again.”