Volleyball district play enters critical second half


With the first round of district volleyball games complete, the hunt for playoff spots in district 12-3A commences in earnest. Each team has seen all the district competition and knows that a playoff spot can be determined by the narrowest margin.

Four teams will advance to bidistrict brackets in early November. Alba-Golden, Mineola and Quitman have their eyes set on one of those four places.

The Edgewood Lady Bulldogs dominated through the first half of the district schedule and sit atop the district with a perfect record. Rains follows with a single loss through six games. 

The remainder of the district is battling for the right to continue playing in November. Quitman stands at 4-2, Mineola at 2-4 and Alba-Golden 1-5. 

Each team has demonstrated flourishes of truly top-caliber volleyball. The greatest challenge for the Wood County schools appears to be consistency. They will be focused on bringing high-quality volleyball to the court each match, within each match, and literally from point-to-point.

As Alba-Golden coach Jamie Webster remarked, “We have to play to our potential for not just one set, but for however many it takes.”  

The Lady Bulldogs of Quitman will host Rains Oct. 15 and Edgewood Oct. 22. Those two Tuesday nights at Delbert Ballard Gymnasium should feature excellent matches and will certainly impact playoff possibilities.

Lady Bulldog Head Coach Ashlee Lingo summarized, “I am pleased with our first round of district. We took tough losses against Rains and Edgewood, but we have had some big wins too.”

The Lady Jackets will be out to avenge close losses to Rains and Grand Saline and could very well be the sleeper in the playoff race. At times, Coach TaShara Everett’s squad has performed flawlessly, with plenty of fluidity and energy. 

The Lady Panthers are one baby step away from being a playoff-contending team. Coach Webster commented, “I love these girls, and they have grown so much from day one; they will not give up.” 

For anyone seeking to be enthused by the spirit and dedication of local high school athletes, come to a local gym and catch some District 12-3A volleyball. The intensity, teamwork and skill are something to behold.