In the last seven seasons, the Northwest Lady Texans have found success competing at the Ragin’ Rattler tournament in San Marcos.
The Lady Texans earned their fifth consecutive title Saturday, defeating Katy Tompkins in the championship match.
“We’ve had a pretty good run at this tournament,” Northwest coach Jennifer Chandler said. “We’ve won every year since 2016, excluding 2017 because of Hurricane Harvey and 2020 because of COVID-19. It’s been one of our program’s favorite traditions, and it’s a great team bonding opportunity.”
In addition to the title match, Northwest also earned two-set wins against Del Valle, Eaton, San Marcos, Klein Collins, Austin Anderson, Keller Central, San Antonio Lakeview and Austin Bowie.
Rylee Jackson, Lydia Seymour and Sophie Chambers were named to the all-tournament team.
“I was very impressed with my team,” Chandler said. “These girls have great chemistry, and they go to battle every time they step on the court. Our seniors are the leaders with their team over self mindset.”
Northwest (21-8) hosted Decatur Tuesday. The Lady Texans will welcome Lamar 6 p.m. Friday.
Chico claims title at Southwest tourney
With a 5-0 record, the Chico Lady Dragons won the Southwest tournament Saturday in Fort Worth.
The Lady Dragons knocked off Arlington Sam Houston in the final match, 25-22, 25-23.
“I saw many great things this weekend that were not obvious at first,” Chico coach Susie Burt said. “We’re learning how to step on the court and focus on the game without distractions. We need to handle changes better and make adjustments with whoever is on the court.”
Chico (10-6) also earned a sweep against Krum JV Friday, 25-9, 25-17, 25-20.
The Lady Dragons traveled to Garner Tuesday, and are on the road at Valley View Friday.
Boyd’s Rosier named all-tournament
Boyd sophomore setter Emma Rosier earned all-tournament honors at the Nocona tournament last weekend.
Rosier compiled 118 assists, 38 digs, 20 aces, 14 kills and four blocks, helping the Lady Jackets finish 5-2.
Boyd claimed wins over Bryson, Archer City, Henrietta JV, Iowa Park and Henrietta, and lost to Bowie and Lindsay.
The Lady Jackets are 19th in this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association’s 3A poll released Monday.
“I love our willingness to implement new things we do in practice into our matches, and how the girls try to learn from their mistakes instead of dwelling on them,” Boyd coach Clark Oberle said. “I really think we get better every time we step on the court.”
Boyd (18-6) fought in a dual against Azle and Chishom Trail Tuesday. The Lady Jackets return to the court for a road battle against Alvord 6 p.m. Sept. 6.
Paradise falls in third-place match
The Paradise Lady Panthers were unable to overcome Mansfield Timberview in the third-place match of the Godley tournament’s gold bracket Saturday.
Timberview defeated Paradise in two sets, 25-8, 25-20.
The Lady Panthers went 4-2 in the tournament with wins against Lake Worth, Waco University, Paschal and Bridgeport. The team’s other loss came against host Godley.
“The team chemistry is great,” Paradise coach John Hogan said. “The girls are coming together and working towards their common goal. Going into district, we will be working on consistency and staying aggressive.”
Paradise (16-9) played at Bowie Tuesday, and will host a Wise County battle against Bridgeport 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Alvord wins three at Nocona tourney
The Alvord Lady Bulldogs finished 3-5 at the Nocona tournament Saturday.
Alvord earned two wins against Electra, and defeated Nocona JV. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Henrietta, Lindsay, Ponder and Bryson.
“I love the way my team genuinely loves each other and how they truly want to work and get better for the person beside them,” Alvord coach Brandy Mayfield said. “I’m really focusing on finding the best players for the correct roles. We are pretty inconsistent because we’re young and inexperienced. Now that we’re through with tournament season, we can focus on battling for positions.”
The Lady Bulldogs (7-15) hosted Praire Valley Tuesday, and will travel to Whitesboro 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Sissies finish 2-3 at Godley tourney
The Bridgeport Sissies picked up a pair of wins at the Godley tournament last weekend.
Bridgeport earned victories against Azle JV and Millsap, and suffered defeats against Brewer, Paradise and Godley.
The Sissies (8-14) faced Graham Tuesday, and will take on Paradise 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradise High School.
Lady Eagles struggle at Volleypalooza
The Decatur Lady Eagles’ woes continued last weekend after the team went 3-5 at the Volleypalooza tournament.
Decatur claimed wins against San Antonio Churchill, Leander Glenn and Cedar Park Vista Ridge, but fell to Leander Rose, Montgomery Lake Creek, San Antonio Reagan, Manvel and Weatherford.
The Lady Eagles (11- 16) faced Northwest Tuesday. Decatur hosts Lindsay 6 p.m. Friday.
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