LORENA — It wasn’t a pretty win Tuesday night at Lorena by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a win nonetheless.
The top-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers upped their record to 30-0 and they needed four sets to do it in beating the Lady Leopards 25-27, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.
Now the Lady Tigers will set their sights on repeating as the undefeated District 8-4A champions when league play begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Venus.
“We will start district fresh and ready to go,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “It will be like a start to a brand new season — a clean slate — and what happened in the preseason doesn’t matter at all. It’s time to step up our game a notch.”
The Lady Tigers will take a lot of momentum into district play. Along with the unblemished mark, Glen Rose won three tournaments (Denton Ryan, Glen Rose, Argyle) and picked up good wins over Decatur (twice), Midlothian Heritage, Sanger (twice), Peaster, Keller Central and Graham, among others.
Last season the Lady Tigers were 14-0 in district play and dropped only one set in those matches, and that was to Midlothian Heritage late in the season. Midlothian Heritage is currently ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, and the Lady Jaguars along with Stephenville, Godley and Waxahachie Life School will be formidable opponents for the Lady Tigers during district play.
At Lorena, Logan Smith led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills while Libby Hinton added 10 kills, five block assists and three services aces. Ally Andress and Bryanna Lytle added five kills each and Laiken McAnear had four.
Madi Mooney led the Lady Tigers at the service line with five aces, while Mallory Rogers added two.
The Lady Tigers cruised to a 21-11 lead in the first set, but the Lady Leopards chipped away at the lead before eventually winning 27-25.
Glen Rose regrouped, however, and held the Lady Leopards in check the remainder of the match. Smith tallied five kills and Hinton added three as the Lady Tigers won the second set 25-17 to even the match at 1-1.
The Lady Tigers were never really threatened in handily winning the final two sets. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set before winning 25-17.
Emma Bozarth served the Lady Tigers out to a 4-0 lead and they never looked back in the 25-16 win on the decisive set.
Last Friday night, the Lady Tigers took down Class 6A Arlington Bowie 25-15, 25-20, 25-10 at Tiger Arena.