GLEN ROSE — The road to redemption begins now.
The third-ranked Glen Rose Lady Tigers wrapped up their third consecutive undefeated district championship Tuesday night with a 25-16, 25-10, 25-16 victory over Mineral Wells on Senior and Parent Night to close out the regular season.
“When you have played with each other for years, high expectations, good coaches, dedication, solid program and a core of above average volleyball girls with great work ethics, creates an above average program,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said.
The match against the Lady Rams was the final home game for seniors Bryanna Lytle, Libby Hinton, Maddie Mooney, Mallory Rogers and Logan Smith. In the last three seasons, the Lady Tigers are 121-13 (.903) overall and 32-0 in district matches.
“This is a very special group of girls. I don’t want to think about it,” Langford said. “Bry has been on varsity since she was a freshman, Libby, Logan, Maddie moved here as sophomores, and Mallory last year. It is so sad but so exciting to see what is in store for them after we try and make history with bringing home a gold.
“All five of them have been so dedicated to volleyball and the program. They have led and shown the younger group what it’s going to take an order to carry on the tradition.”
The Lady Tigers, who made the school’s first-ever trip to the final four last season, begin the road back to the state tournament on Monday night when they meet Springtown (11-18, 2-6), the fourth-place team from District 7-4A, at 7 p.m. at Mineral Wells High School.
Glen Rose eliminated the Lady Porcupines 3-0 in the third round of last year’s playoffs.
“We aren’t stopping until we reach our goals,” Langford said.
In the victory over the Lady Rams (6-16, 0-8), Hinton led the Lady Tigers (33-7, 8-0) with 20 kills (.533 hitting percentage), while Taylor Fellers added six and Hanna Griffin chipped in with five. Mooney finished with 11 digs and three service aces. Smith also tallied 11 digs, while Hailey Ibarra added nine.
On Friday, the Lady Tigers had their eight-match winning streak snapped with a 25-15, 23-25, 27-29, 25-15, 11-15 loss to Callisburg, the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A, at the Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton. The Lady Cougars snapped the Lady Tigers’ 37-match winning streak last season with a four-set win on a neutral court.
Hinton led the Lady Tigers with a season-high 27 kills, while Smith had 22 kills, 15 digs and seven service aces. Lytle had 15 digs to go along with seven kills, and Ibarra and Mooney also had 15 digs each. Rogers recorded 50 assists — just two shy of the school record — as well as 10 digs and six kills. Griffin also added five kills and four blocks.