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Trinity volleyball, football eye paths to playoffs

Margaret Dean and the Lady Trojans have a clear path to a playoff berth.
Margaret Dean and the Lady Trojans have a clear path to a playoff berth. Star-Telegram archives

It’s not officially the postseason, but for all intents and purposes, the Euless Trinity volleyball team is in playoff mode.

Following last Friday’s 3-0 loss to Trophy Club Byron Nelson, the Lady Trojans are clinging to the fourth and final playoff spot from District 5-6A. With a 5-4 district record, Trinity is a game better than Flower Mound, which sits at 4-5. The Lady Trojans swept the season series from the Lady Jaguars.

Importantly for Trinity, its next three matches come against teams below it in the standings, affording it the opportunity to maintain pace and potentially put some distance between itself and the teams chasing it.

“It’s critical for us [to win those three matches] if we want to attain the goals we set for ourselves,” said Trinity head coach Mia Langi. “We know how important those three matches are if we want to accomplish what we want to.”

Next up is Flower Mound Marcus, which the Lady Trojans defeated 3-0 at home back on Sept. 16, followed by Hurst L.D. Bell and Lewisville. It’s important that Trinity take care of business in these three matches before closing out the regular season with the two teams atop the 5-6A standings, Southlake Carroll (9-0) and Hebron (8-1). Both Carroll and Hebron beat Trinity 3-0 in the first round of district play.

The Lady Trojans are looking to make the postseason for the fifth consecutive season.

“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time. We know that we have a tough district. The young girls are just trying to play hard to get the senior girls to playoffs,” Langi said.

Football finds itself in unfamiliar territory

The Trinity football team finds itself in unfamiliar territory, having lost consecutive games after falling 21-20 in overtime to previously winless Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Friday.

The game ended regulation at 14-14 before Trinity scored first in overtime. However, the Trojans failed to convert the PAT, leaving the door open for Nelson. The Bobcats took advantage, getting a 23-yard TD run from Jordan Joiner. The extra point to make it 21-20 sent Nelson players streaming onto the field in celebration.

Trinity committed four turnovers in the game and was flagged for more than 100 yards in penalties.

At 1-2 in District 5-6A competition, the Trojans currently find themselves outside the playoff picture, but four games remain, beginning with this Thursday’s annual rivalry game with Hurst L.D. Bell. Trinity has won the last 18 meetings with the Raiders.

Trinity concludes the season with games against Hebron (4-2), Flower Mound (3-3) and Flower Mound Marcus (4-2).