With two games remaining in District 8-4A volleyball play, the fourth-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers are right where they want to be.
After beating Venus 25-4, 25-5, 25-8 Friday night and Godley 25-9, 25-18, 25-9 Tuesday night in the final regular-season home match in the careers of seniors Laiken McAnear, Emma Bozarth, Ally Andress, Sasha Payne and Annie Bryant, the Lady Tigers hold their destiny in their hands.
The Lady Tigers, who picked up their school-record 41st win with the victory over the Lady Bulldogs, can wrap up their second consecutive undefeated district season with road wins over Stephenville Friday night and No. 2 Midlothian Heritage Tuesday.
If the Lady Tigers win both, they will not only be undefeated in district play, but they will also wrap up the No. 1 seed heading into the Class 4A playoffs.
“Some years certain routes are better than others and my preferred route is the No. 1 route for playoffs this year,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said.
Glen Rose swept the Honeybees 25-15, 25-20, 26-24 Sept. 22 at Tiger Arena despite hitting an abysmal .088. In that match, Libby Hinton led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills, while Andress added eight, and Logan Smith and Bryanna Lytle added seven and six kills, respectively.
Friday’s match begins at 4:30 p.m. at Stephenville High School.
The Lady Tigers are 2-0 this season over Heritage after beating the Lady Jags in the championship match of the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament at Argyle High School in late August and in their first district meeting of the season Sept. 29 at Tiger Arena.
In the 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 win, Smith paced the Lady Tigers with 18 kills, while Lytle and Hinton added 15 and 10 kills, respectively.
The match at Midlothian Heritage begins around 6:30 p.m.
In Tuesday’s win over Godley, Hinton and Smith led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills. Both players had a hitting percentage over .400 for the match, and the defense was sound.
“We have been working hard on defense and I was proud of the girls,” Langford said. “We are setting the block more consistent, in turn, our defense is better all around. It lessens the area our back row has to cover.”
In their final home match on Senior Parent Night, Andress tallied seven kills and a block, while McAnear added three kills and a block and Bozarth recorded a team-high 21 assists.
“We played well against Godley, and you never know with Parent Night, but the seniors really stepped up and played their hearts out being their last game.”
Sophomore Taylor Fellers had a nice night with five kills and a block, while Madi Mooney had three services aces and Mallory Rogers had 16 assists.
In the win over Venus, Smith led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills and McAnear finished with five.
Glen Rose had 20 services aces in the match with Lytle scoring a team-high eight followed by Rogers (4), Smith (3), Hinton (2), Bozarth (2) and Bryant (1). Bozarth recorded 14 assists and Rogers had seven.