Mansfield Sports

Lake Ridge focuses on direction, Timberview on consistency

The second tournament of the season is on tap for this week and it creates varying opportunities for local volleyball teams.

Mansfield Lake Ridge will play in the Northwest ISD Tournament this weekend which will help mold the direction of its young season, while Mansfield Timberview will travel to Granbury for its tournament.

The chance to add another eight games is important on different fronts for the two teams.

The Lady Eagles are coming off a fourth-place finish in the Gold Bracket of the MISD Sunrise Rotary Tournament last weekend. They lost to El Paso Franklin and Euless Trinity to go 6-2.

Timberview went 3-5.

Before they get to pool play on the first day at Haslet Eaton High School on Thursday, the Lady Eagles were taking on Forney on Tuesday.

Lake Ridge is looking to build the type of season which took it to the Region II quarterfinals.

At the Northwest ISD tournament, it will start pool play with Frisco Wakeland, Denton Guyer and host Eaton.

“I think that the Northwest Tournament is a great tournament with a lot of good teams,” said Lake Ridge head coach Jessica Tyler. “We have a tough bracket Day 1 and this is preparing our team for a talented district.”

Coming out of the Sunrise Rotary event, there were plenty of positives and a few areas for focus.

“I was proud of the way we played this past weekend,” Tyler said. “We have things to work on to keep improving each day. I’m proud of how hard these girls work and how determined they are.”

Timberview’s trip to Granbury will afford the Lady Wolves an opportunity to create consistency after having an up-and-down tournament, said head coach Beth Wills.

“Our play at the Rotary tournament showed us what we did well and where we have holes to fill before we get to district,” Wills said. “We can’t keep having those ups and downs. We have to have more consistency in all areas.”

Once Timberview picked up its first win of the season, it began to play a little easier but knows the early going is a tough stretch.

“It takes our kids longer to get going and several of our games went three (sets) so it will prepare us for the best-of-five in district play,” Wills said.

It will be the first trip to the Granbury tournament, but Wills is excited to see what the team can accomplish.

The Lady Wolves will start their pool play on Thursday along with Hurst L.D. Bell, Fort Worth Paschal and Stephenville.

“It’s good competition and will allow us to play a lot of games,” Wills said. “Which is exactly what we need right now.”

Following the tournament this weekend, Lake Ridge will be at home on Aug. to play Arlington Seguin, a former district foe, before traveling to the Texas Showdown at Smithson Valley for the final tournament.

Timberview will be taking on Keller Fossil Ridge on Aug. 23 before playing in the Arlington ISD Tournament the following weekend.