Tuesday brings another busy night of volleyball around Lubbock and beyond, with two key TAPPS showdowns headlining the schedule.
MIDLAND -- Lubbock Christian bounced back from a setback earlier in the week to barrel past Midland Trinity 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 on Saturday – a victory that secures a TAPPS playoff spot.
Lubbock-Cooper is back to even in the District 3-5A standings with 2½ weeks left in the regular season. The Lady Pirates snapped a three-game ski by rolling past Lubbock High 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 at Westerner Arena.
WOODROW -- Lubbock-Cooper has plenty of work to do to earn a playoff spot, but if the Lady Pirates find their way to the postseason, their performance Tuesday could be a major reason why.
Motivation to play at the highest level can be a challenge as a long season plays out. Sometimes the fire can wane a little at the wrong time, which can be costly.
The rivalry between Trinity Christian and Lubbock Christian was in full force on Tuesday night.
Lubbock Christian opened TAPPS District 1-4A action in impressive fashion on Saturday, rolling past Midland Trinity 25-20, 25-12, 25-11.
WOLFFORTH -- Four games into the District 2-6A season, Frenship is still waiting from its first true white-knuckle challenge. It sure didn’t happen on Friday.
Lubbock-Cooper pushed Monterey to the limit on Friday, but the Lady Plainsmen exited the court victorious with in a District 3-5A match.
The Lady Plainsmen solidified their third-place spot in the district standings by surviving a five-set thriller.
Monterey spread the wealth and began the second half of District 3-5A play in very similar fashion in a victory at Lubbock High on Tuesday.
WOODROW -- Some nights good teams can survive without playing their best. Especially a team as tested and confident as Lubbock-Cooper. But there are also nights when good teams have to be almost flawless because of the team on the other side of the net.
With the arrival of October, the volleyball season hits a new gear with district play on tap for all the remaining Hub City teams and a busy Tuesday schedule reflects that.
AMARILLO -- Randall has been on a roll the entire 2019 season and Monterey didn’t have a method to slow that down on Saturday.
AMARILLO -- It took everything had Frenship had Friday, but the Tigers found a way in a District 2-6A showdown against Tascosa.
With TAPPS district play about to commence for the city’s five parochial schools, final tuneups are a valuable barometer.
Frenship jumps into the next and arguably most important phase of the regular season on Tuesday when District 2-6A play get off the ground.
First impressions were great. The closing act was impressive. For a long enough stretch in between, though, Monterey was uncharacteristically out of sorts Saturday in a District 3-5A showdown with Amarillo High.
When Lubbock-Cooper wandered into unfamiliar territory with three straight District 3-5A losses to begin that portion of the schedule, there was some understandable frustration.
AMARILLO -- Monterey took care of business on Tuesday, rolling past Palo Duro 25-13, 25-17, 25-15 to stay in first place in the District 3-5A standings.
Braxley Oaks turned in a big performance to help Lubbock Christian notch a four-set victory over Idalou on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles outlasted the Lady Wildcats 25-21, 17-25, 25-12, 25-10.
Three frontrunners have emerged in the early stages of the 2019 District 3-5A season, with Monterey, Amarillo High and Randall all unbeaten after the first few weeks.