• Centennial’s Allison Nolan, 17, and Halley Grace, 6, go up for a block during the Lady Spartans’ pool play win Friday over Carrollton Creekview at the Mansfield ISD Invitational. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Spartans seeking more consistent play

Inconsistent play haunted Centennial’s volleyball team on the first and final days of the Mansfield ISD Sunrise Rotary Volleyball Tournament.

The Lady Spartans posted a 4-4 mark at the tournament over the weekend. Centennial reached the Silver bracket consolation finals on Saturday, losing to Mansfield Timberview, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14.

The Lady Spartans opened Saturday’s bracket play with a 25-23, 24-26, 25-20 loss to El Paso El Dorado.

“We got a lot of great touches in over the weekend,” Centennial coach Jessica Ransom said. “As a coaching staff, we saw a lot of good things that we wanted to see. We just have to work on being consistent. The girls now know what it takes and so I’m excited to see how we do in our next tournament.”

The Lady Spartans played Tuesday at South Grand Prairie and open play today at the Granbury Tournament. Centennial’s pool play opponents are Keller Central, Amarillo Tascosa and Lubbock. Centennial hosts Keller Central Tuesday and plays in the final tournament Aug. 25-26 the Arlington Classic.

“It’s always good to get more touches and have the opportunity to improve,” said Ransom, regarding the remaining tournament games and five non-district matches before opening District 9-5A play Sept. 8 hosting Everman. “This first tournament was a good one because we were able to iron out a few things.”

The play of defensive specialists Carly Worth, a senior, and sophomore Casey Hendrixson drew the praise of Ransom. Senior middle blocker/right side hitter Allison Nolan play allows received plaudits.

“Allison Nolan has been great for us,” Ransom said. “She has showed the ability to play multiple positions.”

After beating Lubbock (25-19, 25-14) and falling to Arlington (25-17, 25-10) and El Paso Eastwood (25-21, 25-21) in bracket play Thursday, the Lady Spartans turned things around, going 3-0 in Friday’s bracket play.

Centennial defeated Carrollton Creekview (17-25, 25-14, 25-20), Dumas (21-25, 25-9, 25-22) and White Settlement Brewer (25-19. 25-22).

The Lady Spartans were able to overcome first game losses to Creekview and Dumas and still take the match in three games. Ransom said that will hopefully teach the squad to start strong from the beginning.

“We were in system a lot more on Friday than we had been on Thursday,” Ransom said. “Our offense was able to get going a lot more. It wasn’t as much of a roller coaster as it had been on Thursday.”

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Centennial’s Allison Nolan, 17, and Halley Grace, 6, go up for a block during the Lady Spartans’ pool play win Friday over Carrollton Creekview at the Mansfield ISD Invitational. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE