The grueling pre-district schedule is in the rearview mirror for the Midlothian Heritage volleyball team, as the Jaguars are now focused on the program's first-ever district title and besting last year's regional semifinal run.

After a tough five-set loss to 6A Allen last week, the Jaguars opened district action with a pair of sweeps against Alvarado (25-17, 25-6, 25-12) and Life Waxahachie (25-12, 25-16, 25-13).

With the victories, Heritage improved to 19-14 on the season and 2-0 in District 17-4A.

After the win at home on Tuesday against the Lady Mustangs of Life Waxahachie, second-year Heritage head volleyball coach Timmi Blackshear said she thought her team "did some things really well."

"I would like to see more points instead of counting on someone to make errors," she added. "But I think we did a pretty good job of controlling the tempo and kind of controlling the game to get them to play how we play on our side of the net. I would like to see us minimize the unforced errors on our side, too."

Kelsey Carpenter recorded 15 kills on 20 swings Tuesday for a jaw-dropping .700-hitting percentage, while Hanna Larson added seven kills and Karena Tipton had six.

Carpenter completed her double-double with 12 assists in support of setter Rachel Richie, who recorded a team-high 21 assists.

Larson and Tipton also combined for seven kills and Grayce Davis added two.

After the match, Blackshear applauded the efforts of the Jaguars on the front row.

"We were being really, really disciplined on the net," she said. "I thought they did a really good job of taking care of the net tonight."

Kaylee Keasler led the Jaguars with 12 digs and Katie Chambers finished with 11.


Midlothian Heritage, who is now the 10th-ranked team in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A poll, faces Venus at 4:30 p.m. at home on Friday.


Fred Phipps/Mirror contributed to this report.