Duncanville over, focus now turns to Allen Tournament

August 21, 2007
BY Cory J. Mageors Staff Writer

PLANO - The Duncanville Tournament of Champions ended with the top two teams in Texas at the top of the bracket. Amarillo, ranked No. 1 by Lonestarvolleyball.com, defeated No. 2 Austin Westlake in the championship round after two days of tournament play.

All three Plano schools finished the tournament with several wins under their belt and a little more experience against upper tier competition. But a telling tale could be that all three schools ended their tournament run with a loss in the finals round of their respective brackets.

Plano West, ranked No. 4 in the state at the start of the tournament, seemed to struggle most of the weekend. At times communication appeared to be a problem and timing was just a little off.

After a loss to Arlington on Friday, the Lady Wolves fell to the championship sub-bracket where they faced Clear Creek.

Clear Creek took West to three games, defeating the Lady Wolves in Game 1, 25-23. But the Lady Wolves found a rhythm and came on strong to defeat Clear Creek 25-15, 25-20 in the subsequent two games.

West continued their roll against San Antonio Reagan, ranked No. 31 in Century Club National Top 100, by defeating the Lady Rattlers 25-5 in the first game. Game 2 was not as easy, but again West was able to move on by defeating Reagan, 25-23.

In the fifth place championship bracket game, West lost two straight to Arlington Martin, ranked No. 7 in the state, to finish sixth at the Duncanville Tournament of Champions.

Plano East had advanced to the consolation bracket quarterfinals after two straight wins Friday night, but fell quickly Saturday morning to San Angelo Central, 25-13, 25-13.

The Lady Panthers bounced back by defeated Smithson Valley in a three-game match before losing to Flower Mound Marcus in the consolation bracket fifth place game. The Lady Marauders were victorious, 25-20, 25-15.

Plano brought an entirely different perspective to the table Saturday morning in Duncanville as they rolled to three straight victories en route to the silver division championship game.

In their first match the Lady Wildcats defeated Highland Park in three games before taking down Duncanville and Eastwood in two games each. While all of the matches were close, the Lady Wildcats began to figure out how to win matches under new head coach Jennifer Cron.

“We got more confident,” Cron said. “We were definitely more focused on finishing games and getting to 25. We definitely made a big step from Friday.”

The Lady Wildcats took Clear Lake to three games in the silver division finals, before falling, 26-28, 25-22, 25-19.

Ahead for all three Plano ISD teams is the Texas Open, hosted by Allen on Friday and Saturday. Aug. 24-25.

“There is going to be a lot of good competition at that tournament, just like Duncanville,” Cron said. “There are also going to be teams from the area who we will face, so it should help us get more experience and that’s what we are trying to build on right now. We have to work on this preseason stuff as we get closer to district.”

Hooper, Hawari named to All-Tournament Team

Plano senior Mary Elizabeth Hooper and Plano West senior Shannon Hawari were named to the Duncanville All-Tournament Team.

“That’s really good for her personally,” Cron said. “And it’s also good for the team.”

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