GLEN ROSE — The fourth-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers begin their quest for a third straight undefeated district season Friday night when they travel to Godley for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with the Lady Wildcats.
“We want to have fun, and we have set new short-term goals in district to help us achieve our long-term goal,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said.
Playing in District 8-4A, the Lady Tigers went 24-0 in the last two seasons, and this year, the district will have a much different look without Midlothian Heritage, Alvarado, Life School and Venus. This year, the Lady Tigers will play in District 7-4A with Stephenville, Godley, Mineral Wells and Brownwood.
“All of our district will be competitive,” Langford said. “Stephenville is hungry and has been playing well; Brownwood is good, and they have a few powerful seniors and everyone is young and talented. They will play hard. Mineral Wells’ volleyball program continues to get stronger, and they have some size and a new coach. Those girls want to win.”
Godley (18-5) and Stephenville (20-13) are currently ranked 13th and 20th in the most recent Class 4A Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball poll. Minerals Wells is 14-14 on the year, and Brownwood is 9-13.
The Lady Tigers (25-6) enter district play on a winning note after drubbing Waco-Robinson 25-18, 25-11, 25-8 Tuesday night at Tiger Arena.
Harding University commits Libby Hinton and Logan Smith led the Lady Tigers with 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Setter Mallory Rogers had six kills to go along with her team-high 26 assists, while Smith, Maddie Mooney and Bryanna Lytle had 16, 11 and 10 digs each. Hinton added four blocks and Alexis Mims added two, while and Mooney, Lytle and Hailey Ibarra had two service aces each.
The Lady Tigers entered the match with Robinson after falling to Class 5A No. 10 Wichita Falls Rider 24-26, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25 in Springtown. Other than dropping the Lady Tigers from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Class 4A polls, Langford wasn’t worried about her team after the loss.
“We have talked a lot and practiced well Monday. We know that game showed some things we need work on,” Langford said. “It made the girls hungry to make a few changes and things defensively that we have to fine tune.”
Smith led the Lady Tigers with 22 kills, 14 digs and eight service aces, while Hinton had 12 kills. Lytle tallied seven kills and 14 digs, while Rogers and Taylor Fellers added 27 and 15 assists each.