The Decatur Lady Eagles will face a different path in their defense of their state volleyball title next fall.
In the new volleyball alignment recently released by the University Interscholastic League, the Lady Eagles are moving west into Region I’s District 8-4A.
Decatur will share the league with Bridgeport, Lake Worth, Castleberry and Springtown. The five-team district is the same as the basketball league announced in early February.
Decatur and Bridgeport both moved up to 4A as the UIL reorganized its classifications, making the old Class A Division II into Class A and Class A Division I into 2A. But for volleyball there will be no Class A – all of the schools with enrollments at 219 or less will compete in 2A.
In the realignment, the Lady Eagles will be in a different region from Argyle, who they beat in the Region II quarterfinal last year in five games. Argyle stayed in Region II.
Northwest moves into District 5-6A with interdistrict rival Byron Nelson, as well as Denton’s Guyer and Ryan and the Keller schools – Keller, Central, Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek.
Boyd and Paradise stayed together in District 9-3A but will be paired with a new set of schools – Bowie, Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View.
Chico will be in the new Class 2A’s District 9 with Bryson, Graford, Newcastle, Perrin-Whitt, Poolville, Ranger and Tolar.