No. 7 Glen Rose Lady Tigers slam Western Hills

Travis M. Smith -- @travis5mith
No. 7 Glen Rose Lady Tigers slam Western Hills

FORT WORTH -- After last year's historic run through the playoffs, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers entered their 2015 campaign with a new "state of mind," and as the No. 7 ranked team in the state in the Texas Girls Coaches Association's preseason poll. Tuesday night's 25-13, 25-17, 25-12 dismantling of the Western Hills Cougars was the first-step in proving Glen Rose’s legitimacy.

Second-year Head Coach Sandy Langford acknowledged her team’s early struggles breaking serves in each of the three sets, but chalked it up to nerves and experience. However, she also agreed that her team is going to be able to play well above the net and wreck havoc throughout the season.

“We missed four services receives in a row to start all three games, but we have all new service receivers this year,” Langford said. “That was the first game for our those girls in a new position, but I think once they start to get into the routine, and lose some of the nerves, they will be fine. Our hitting is our strongest area right now, and we have three options to go to every time we set the ball.”

Glen Rose opened the first set – and the season – with a quick two points, but found itself in a 7-5 hole shortly after. The Lady Tigers were able to piece together several scoring runs to finish the first set on a 20-6 run.

Another slow start to the second set had the Lady Tigers playing from behind for the first half of the match. Glen Rose continued to battle, and was able to knot the game at 13 before running off eight-straight points.

The third set was all Glen Rose from the word go. After briefly being knotted at two points, the Lady Tigers quickly ran the score to 12-4, then 20-9, before ending the straight-set victory with a 25-12 win.

“It was good, we did some really good things to start the season off, and it just kind of gave me an idea of where we are at and what we need to work on moving forward.”

Langford and her Lady Tigers are not yet putting much stock or thought into their preseason state ranking, but said it “gives the girls something to look forward to.

“It also puts a target on our back. We do not try and focus on rankings too much. We want to focus on ourselves and doing what we need to do to progress as a team.”

Glen Rose will travel to Denton to play in the Denton Ryan tournament this weekend, before traveling to Joshua on Tuesday, Aug. 18 for a 5:30 p.m. tilt. The Lady Tigers will then return home to play tournament host on Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 22, with times to be announced.