In addition to feeling the sting of their first loss of the season, the Glen Rose Lady Tigers are experiencing the pains of dropping from Class 4A No. 1 — a spot they have held since late August — in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball poll released Monday.
As expected, the Lady Tigers, who dropped a 3-1 decision to Class 3A No. 2 Callisburg last week, fell to fourth behind defending Class 4A champion Bushland, district rival Midlothian Heritage and LaVernia.
"When you lose, you move down," Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. "Now we get to do what we do best and that's to fight for what we want. What matters is to be No. 1 in the poll after Nov. 18 not in the Oct. 9 poll." The drop to fourth for the 38-1 Lady Tigers may be a head-scratcher to some seeing that they beat Midlothian Heritage 3-1 in their match prior to Callisburg.
E.J. Hart, who compiles the TGCA poll said of the site, “I dropped the Lady Tigers of Glen Rose behind Midlothian Heritage this week but am reconsidering based on recent head to head, stay tuned.”
The Lady Tigers are 2-0 this season against Midlothian Heritage after beating the Lady Jaguars in the championship match of the Sawyer Camillo Memorial in Argyle in late August and then again two weeks ago.
The Lady Tigers also dropped to fourth in the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Class 1A-4A poll behind Beckville (31-0), Bushland (33-1) and Callisburg (30-2). Midlothian Heritage (29-4) is fifth.
The two teams will meet Oct. 24 at Midlothian Heritage in the final regular-season district match of the season. If the matches prior go as expected for both teams, Glen Rose will be 11-0 and Heritage will be 10-1 in district play.
Bushland started the season ranked No. 1 but fell to No. 2 in late August after losing to defending Class 5A champion Amarillo High. But the Lady Falcons, who beat Glen Rose in the regional final last year, haven’t lost since.
LaVernia is currently 33-2 and its losses are to Hays and Incarnate Word.
Glen Rose will host Waxahachie Life School Tuesday night before hosting Venus Friday at Tiger Arena. After hosting Godley next Tuesday, the Lady Tigers close out the regular season on the road at Stephenville Oct. 20 and Heritage Oct. 24.