When it comes to preseason tournaments, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers are 2-for-2, and they will look to add a third this weekend at the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament in Argyle.
The Lady Tigers, who took over the No. 1 ranking in Class 4A in the TGCA and TAVC polls, won seven matches in the two-day Glen Rose Tournament last week to add a second trophy to the case.
With the tournament wins, along with a victory over Sanger last Friday night and a 25-22, 25-6, 25-18 decision over China Spring Monday, the Lady Tigers improved to 21-0.
Logan Smith and Libby Hinton led the Lady Tigers with 12 and 10 kills, respectively, versus China Spring. Bryanna Lytle added 10 digs and seven kills, while Ally Andress added four blocks and three kills, and Taylor Fellers added four kills. Madi Mooney and Mallory Rogers tallied seven digs each. Emma Bozarth was solid at the service line as well as dishing out assists.
In all, the Lady Tigers have played 21 matches in 13 days.
“We are feeling good and healthy,” Glen Rose coach Sandy Langford said of the grueling stretch to open the season. “I think us not starting school until later has allowed us to recoup and get a little down time between tournaments.”
Hinton recorded eight kills and three blocks, and Lytle added seven kills and two blocks in leading the Lady Tigers to the 25-27, 27-25 victory over Decatur in the championship match last Saturday. Hinton and Lytle were named to the all-tournament team, and Smith was named MVP.
The win Saturday was the second of the year over Decatur. The two teams met on the first day of the ASC Nike Denton Ryan tournament two weeks ago.
“We had our ups and downs through the Glen Rose Tournament, but we had more ups than downs,” Langford said. “I felt like our experience and ball control was the difference in the championship game.”
In the first set, the set was tied at 6 before the Lady Tigers took the lead for good on an Andress kill, a Decatur error and a service ace from Mooney. Glen Rose stretched the lead to six on a kill and two services aces from Hinton.
Smith and Lytle had two kills each down the stretch as the Lady Tigers increased the lead to as many as eight before winning the first set 25-17.
The Lady Tigers were cruising along in the second set with a 19-13 lead before Decatur chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the set at 21. The set was tied again at 23, 24 and 25 before the Lady Tigers won the set and match on a Decatur error and a block from Hinton and Taylor Fellers.
Earlier Saturday, the Lady Tigers beat Argyle Liberty Christian the for the second time in a week 25-17, 25-18 in the semifinals. Glen Rose beat Joshua for the second time this season 25-17, 25-23 in the quarterfinals. The Lady Tigers beat Burnet 25-11, 25-17 in the first match Saturday.
On Day One of the tournament Thursday, Glen Rose beat Tolar 25-5, 25-6; Saginaw 25-10, 25-18; Springtown 25-16, 25-16; and Paradise 25-11, 25-18.
The Lady Tigers opened the Argyle tournament Thursday with O.D. Wyatt, Graham and Little Elm.
“We have been playing so much and we haven’t gotten a chance to practice a whole lot,” Langford said. “We have to just keep pushing forward and really focus on running the ball quicker and having more communication.”
The tournament concludes Saturday, The Lady Tigers lost to Argyle in the championship match of the tournament last year.