The Summit and Legacy volleyball teams collected two playoffs wins each and the payoff is having to face each other in the regional quarterfinals round this week.
The game was set for Tuesday at Mansfield High’s gym. Game results were unavailable at the press deadline but can be found at www.dfwvarsity.com.
The winner is assured a trip to the Region II semifinals on Friday to take on the winner of Lovejoy and Frisco. That game – as well as the regional finals game on Saturday – will be played at Richardson Berkner. The regional champion will move on the state tournament.
Lovejoy is the two-time defending state champion.
Lake Ridge is also alive in the playoffs after beating Dallas Kimball, 3-0, and then getting past Lindale, 3-1.
Lake Ridge will also face a familiar district foe in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Eagles were set to take on Waxahachie. With a win over Waxahachie, Lake Ridge would then take on the winner of Frisco Wakeland and Prosper later in the week in the Region II semifinals.
Although Waxahachie had beaten Lake Ridge in their two district games, the most recent was a long, five-game battle.
Legacy, which beat Dallas Molina, 3-0, then faced Sulphur Springs and won 3-1.
Summit breezed past South Oak Cliff and Longview in 3-0 games.
The ability to play games where they were readily in control was a good entry into the playoffs, said Summit head coach Linda Alfaro.
“It really helped us in trying to get into that mode,” Alfaro said. “We were able to get into some kind of groove that we need to be in. We know what we’ll have to face down the road and we can’t give a lot of points away.”
She said the focus will be on execution as the Lady Jaguars know now the road is full of playoff tradition-rich schools.
Now, in the match-up with Legacy for the third time this season, the emotion of a rivalry game added to the fact it’s the playoffs should make for another hard-fought contest.
The last time the two met it was a five-game match, 25-14, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12 for Summit.
Mansfield lost its bi-district playoff game to Coppell early last week.
“They played hard and we had a good season,” said head coach Taylor Elrod.
The Lady Tigers have a number of sophomores returning, which Elrod said will give them another two years to develop.
“I’m excited about the future,” Elrod said. “The freshman and JV teams were undefeated in district play and I’m confident in the girls that do come up.”
Some of the key starters returning are Molly Phillips and Hannah Stenftenagel.
It won’t be long before Mansfield is back to start building for another strong season.
“We’ll be back after the Thanksgiving break focusing on fundamentals,” Elrod said of the practice, which is in addition to a strength and agility training program for the off-season.