Thanks to an unblemished record and winning the ASC Nike Denton Ryan Tournaments Division II championship last week, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers moved up to No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s state volleyball rankings released Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers, who improved to 11-0 with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-12 victory over Joshua in their home opener Tuesday night, moved up two spots and sit behind defending Class 4A state champion Bushland.
Bushland beat the Lady Tigers 25-12, 25-18, 21-25, 25-13 in the Region I-4A final last year, snapping Glen Rose’s 21-match winning streak and ousting the Lady Tigers from the playoffs.
Sitting at No. 3 is District 8-4A foe Midlothian Heritage, which wasn’t ranked in the inaugural 2017 poll. The Lady Jaguars won the Duncanville Tournament of Champions last week to jump all the way to third.
The Lady Tigers host the Lady Jaguars in district play on Sept. 29. Glen Rose went 2-0 against Heritage last season, and Heritage was the only team in district play to take a set off the Lady Tigers. The two teams will close out district play Oct. 24 at Heritage High.
La Vernia and Brownfield round out the top five, while Argyle, which handed the Lady Tigers one of their four losses last year, dropped from No. 2 to No. 7.
Glen Rose opened the season Aug. 8 with a three-set victory over Class 6A Keller Central and the Lady Tigers strung together nine wins in three days, including four on Saturday, to win the Denton tournament for the first time ever.
The Lady Tigers open the Glen Rose Tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday at Tiger Arena with Tolar in the first of four matches on the day. GR will also battle Saginaw (10 a.m.); Springtown (noon); and Paradise (1 p.m.).
Glen Rose will host Sanger at 6 p.m. Friday at Tiger Arena before continuing the Glen Rose Tournament Saturday.