Mansfield Sports

Legacy and Summit face big game Friday

Summit’s volleyball team suffered its first district loss last week but still is tied for the district’s top spot.

But with Legacy picking up a win over Ennis, the 7-2 Lady Broncos are just a game behind the leaders with a showdown set for Friday.

Legacy will host Summit on Friday after their early week game with Red Oak. Summit will have to face Lake Ridge in the Tuesday game.

Legacy went to five games in beating Decatur in a non-district game, then got back into league play with the 3-0 win over Ennis.

Summit, 9-1, a team which had gone through the first round of district games unbeaten, found last season’s district champ, Waxahachie, still a force to contend with. The Lady Jaguars lost to Waxahachie in five games, going 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 10-15.

“It was a heartbreaker,” Summit head coach Linda Alfaro said. “We had control of the match, then let it go. Waxahachie did a great job of coming at us and punching us in the mouth and put us on our heels and we just didn’t recover to punch them back.”

With Lake Ridge and Legacy facing Summit this week, Alfaro said her team will need to regroup quickly.

Despite the loss, Alfaro said there may be a bit of a silver lining.

“I think it will refocus our team,” she said. “It stung pretty good on Friday. We didn’t like that feeling at all.”

Lake Ridge is a half game back at 7-3 after beating Red Oak and Ennis last week.

With games at Summit and then hosting Timberview on Friday, Lake Ridge has a shot to get back into the top half of the district standings.

“We are taking one game at a time, fighting to finish in the top four of district,” Lake Ridge head coach Jessica Tyler said. “We do have a huge week ahead and the girls are competing hard and peaking at the right time.”

Lake Ridge’s games are critical, as Timberview, 6-4, can get back into playoff contention with wins this week, as well.

Timberview beat Arlington Seguin, 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 last week.

In addition to Lake Ridge, the Lady Wolves were to play Waxahachie early in the week.

“Both are key matches for us but really, all of them are,” Timberview head coach Beth Wills said.

At least one win this week would keep Timberview in the thick of the playoff race in the very competitive District 14-5A.

Mansfield, 5-1 in District 8-6A after picking up wins over the Grand Prairie schools last week, has Cedar Hill early in the week and DeSoto at home on Friday. The Cedar Hill game will mark the first of the second trip through the district schedule and bring the team that much closer to a playoff berth, if not a district title.

The Lady Tigers’ only loss thus far has come to district co-leader, Midlothian. Mansfield will have a chance to even the score with Midlothian this Tuesday at home.

Midlothian’s sole loss was in five games to DeSoto, whom they’ll face again in the early week game.