By Greg Ford
The Lady Pirates cut a mighty swath through the competition at last weekend’s Berkner Tournament.
Over the course of two days, Wylie went 6-0 in match play (they went 12-0 in games as well) to capture the tourney championship. They opened play Friday by beating W.T. White 25-8, 25-13 and South Grand Prairie 28-26, 26-24 to win pool play, and then beat L.V. Berkner 25-17, 25-10 in crossover play to advance to the championship round.
On Saturday, the Lady Pirates continued their pillaging and plundering, sinking Irving Nimitz 25-12, 25-6, and then beating Lovejoy JV 25-21, 25-21 and Greenhill 25-11, 25-12. The latter victory earned Wylie the tournament title.
“I think they did well,” head coach Morgan Cook said. “I think they did a really good job considering there were various levels of (competition), and they came in and played their level all the time.”
She added, “They’re definitely starting to gel a lot more. We’re still moving people around and trying to find things that work. We’re still working on finding that lineup.”
This week, the Lady Pirates faced Sachse on Tuesday and will play Thursday and Saturday at the Forney tournament.
“We hope them getting confidence from this tournament will carry over into Tuesday,” Cook said, “because Sachse is a good program with a good team. Hopefully, we’ll step up and compete.”
She added, (At Forney), hopefully we’ll have kind of the same success we had at this tournament.”
Wylie East captures fifth
After winning their pool on Friday — they defeated Corsicana 26-24, 25-23 and Mesquite 25-7, 25-10 — the Lady Raiders defeated Duncanville 25-12, 25-11 in crossover play to advance to Saturday’s championship round.
They fell in three games to White Oak, but they rebounded to beat Cedar Hill 25-19, 25-17 and Mesquite Horn 25-20, 25-21 to take fifth at the tournament.
“We came out really strong in that first match against White Oak, and then kind of fell apart,” head coach Kelly Lyons said. “We had no intensity. Then after that match we talked about character, and what kind of team we wanted to be … So, I’m proud of them for coming back and fighting and winning these last two matches.”
Overall, Lyons has been pleased with the Lady Raiders’ development during the first two weeks of the season.
“I’m not real sure what I expected,” Lyons said. “We had kids who had been on varsity, but we didn’t have kids who had a lot of varsity experience. The younger ones have really stepped up and have done a really good job.”
The Lady Raiders faced Rockwall on Tuesday, and after that they’ll take over a week off before facing Melissa on Sept. 5.
“We do a little rehab and a little rest,” Lyons said. “It’s been a long couple of weeks, and so hopefully that’ll give us some time to regroup and work on some things that we need to work on.”