GLEN ROSE — Move over Bushland.
In the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball poll released Monday, the unbeaten Lady Tigers (20-0) moved up to No. 1 in the Class 4A rankings for the first time in school history. Bushland, the defending Class 4A, fell from the top spot to No. 5, opening the door for the Lady Tigers to take over the top position.
Needville moved up to No. 2 while LaVernia, Geronimo Navarro and Bushland round out the top 5. Glen Rose Region 8-4A foe Midlothian Heritage fell from No. 3 to No. 8, despite winning the White Settlement Brewer tournament last weekend.
Last Saturday, the Lady Tigers won their second consecutive tournament of the year by beating Decatur 25-17, 27-25 to claim the Glen Rose Tournament title.
Logan Smith, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the ASC Nike Denton Ryan tournament two weeks ago, was also named MVP of the GRHS tournament, while Libby Hinton and Bryanna Lytle were all-tournament team selections.
The Lady Tigers played their first match as the No. 1 team Aug. 21 at China Spring before playing in the Argyle Tournament Thursday and Saturday. GRHS fell to Argyle in the championship game of that tournament last year.
Glen Rose will open the Argyle tournament at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday against O.D. Wyatt before closing out first-day action with Graham (3:30 p.m.) and Little Elm (5 p.m.). The tournament will conclude Saturday.
So far this year, the Lady Tigers have played 17 tournament matches and three head-to-head contests, and have won 42 of 44 sets played.
The Lady Tigers opened the GRHS tournament Thursday with wins over Tolar (25-5, 25-6); Saginaw (25-10, 25-18); Springtown (25-10, 25-16); and Paradise (25-11, 25-18) to move into Gold Bracket play Saturday.
After beating Sanger 25-18, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20 in a head-to-head match Friday night, the Lady Tigers posted four wins Saturday. They beat Class 4A No. 11 Burnet (25-11, 25-17); Joshua (25-17, 25-23); Argyle Liberty Christian (25-17, 25-18); and Decatur (25-17, 27-23).