MANSFIELD — Less than a week after going toe-to-toe with state-ranked Glen Rose for the third time this season, the Midlothian Heritage Jaguar volleyball team began its march to a potential round-five rematch with a sweep of Fort Worth Castleberry.
Five Jaguars recorded four kills or more and they committed just six attacking errors as a team in the 25-11, 25-4, 25-9 three-set 4A Region I Bi-District Championship win Monday at Mansfield Legacy High School.
Heritage head volleyball coach Timmi Blackshear said she could not have asked for any better start to the postseason.
“We knew coming in that we are now in playoffs and you either take care of business or turn in your stuff the next day," Blackshear said. "I think we knew going into the playoffs that now is the time we have to play more consistently. We have to minimize those unforced errors. I am just really proud of how they played tonight. They took care of opportunities they were given. They didn’t ever let down or lose focus. I’m really happy with the direction we are going.”
Katie Greer led the Jaguar attack with seven kills on 20 swings, while Julia Valdez and Hanna Larson each recorded six. Larson also posted a team-high six blocks, while Valdez led the way with eight digs.
Junior Karena Tipton and sophomore Kelsey Carpenter finished with four kills, each.
On a night when the Jaguars served 73 times with just three errors, Rachel Richie (2), Tori Needels (1), Hailey Hess (1) and Carpenter (1) all recorded at least one ace.
Needels and Richie led the way for the Jaguars with 15 and 11 assists respectively.
After maintaining a state-ranking in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A poll for the better part of the season, the Jaguars, who are now 30-3 on the season, dropped out of the final top-10 poll after last Tuesday's five-set loss to Glen Rose.
Heritage will now face the winner of Wylie or Iowa Park later in the week. Details of the match were not available as of press time.
*Additional reporting by Mike Sackett/Daily Light