PLANO — After knocking off the No. 3 team in Class 6A on Friday, the Lady Wildcats showed no sign of slowing down after winning three matches to become co-champions of the Plano Circle of Champions tournament.
The Lady Wildcats started the day with straight set victories over Lake Highlands (25-19, 25-21) and Granbury (25-19, 25-22) to reach the semifinals.
During the semifinal round, Guyer defeated Highland Park for the second time this weekend. After dropping the first set, the Lady Wildcats had to rally for a 24-26, 25-15, 25-19 win.
Guyer and Byron Nelson were set to square off in the finals, but both coaches agreed to forego the championship game due to the squads meeting up in district play on Sept. 13.
At the end of the day, Guyer extended their winning streak to seven and improved their overall record to 16-3.
Brooke Slusser led Guyer with 41 assists, 21 digs and 32 digs. Jordyn Williams added another 26 kills and nine blocks, while Hailey Schneider finished with 15 kills and 30 digs.
Slusser, Williams, Hailey Schneider and Maggie Walsh all finished with All-Tournament honors for the Lady Wildcats. Guyer will host Argyle on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Argyle takes home gold at Sawyer Camillo tournament
ARGYLE — Argyle cruised through pool play on Friday to put themselves in the Gold Bracket, giving the Lady Eagles a chance to run the table and win the Sawyer Camillo Tournament on their own floor.
With Argyle off to a hot start in non-district play and acting as host of the tournament, the Lady Eagles knew a target would be on their back during Saturday’s bracket play.
However, the Lady Eagles seemed focused on Saturday after early wins over Lake Dallas (25-8, 25-22) and Aubrey (25-20, 25-15) to put themselves in the championship game of the Gold Bracket.
The opponent standing in the way of Argyle and a tournament title was cross-town rival Liberty Christian, who fell to the Lady Eagles in a thrilling five-set match during the opening week of the season.
The Lady Eagles fell into an early hole after dropping the first set to the Lady Warriors. However, Argyle responded by squeaking out the final two sets of the match to defeat Liberty Christian 20-25, 25-23, 26-24 and take home first place in the Sawyer Camillo tournament.
Argyle won all six matches this weekend and improved to 14-2 on the season. The Lady Eagles will be presented with a tough challenge on Tuesday at Guyer.
Krum wins Big Cat Classic
GODLEY — Krum continued to dominate at the Big Cat Classic on the final day of competition. The Lady Bobcats didn’t relinquish a set until their final match of the day.
Krum defeated Odessa Permian (25-11, 25-20) and Bowie (25-13, 25-22) to reach the finals.
During the championship match against Stephenville, the Lady Bobcats split the opening two sets 25-18, 18-25 with the Honeybees before pulling away and winning the final set 25-18 to take the gold.
Krum’s Paige Orsi and Payton Lucas combined for 19 kills. Reese Robinson also had nine kills and three blocks, while Madeline Guffy led the team with 16 assists.
Krum is now 17-5 on the season and will take on reigning Class 3A state champion Callisburg on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Denton captures third place at San Marcos
SAN MARCOS — The Lady Broncos opened play this morning with a dominating win against Birdville in what Denton coach … Headrick called “maybe our best match of the year so far.”
However, Denton’s run to the championship came to a halt in the semifinals. Austin Bowie defeated the Lady Broncos in a tight match that went all three sets.
Denton capped off tournament play with a win over Keller Central to claim third place in the tournament.
The Lady Broncos will be back in action at Liberty Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Pilot Point upsets No. 1 Troy
GODLEY — After a rough start to the season, Pilot Point seems to be hitting its stride at the moment.
The Lady Bearcats 5-2 record at the Godley tournament this weekend was highlighted by a 25-15, 11-25, 25-23 victory over Troy, who is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.
After surprising the No. 1 team in the state, the Lady Bearcats defeated Peaster JV 23-25, 25-11, 25-10 before losing to Mansfield Timberview 21-25, 23-25 to conclude tournament play.
Alyssa David led the Pilot Point offense with 27 kills, while teammate Shelby Malone added 26 kills. Brooke Lane also collected 34 digs for the Lady Bearcats.
Aubrey and Ponder among top finishers at Sawyer Camillo tournament
ARGYLE — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals and Ponder Lady Lions also competed in the Gold Bracket of the Sawyer Camillo tournament this weekend.
Aubrey started off its day with a 25-23, 25-20 win over Ryan before losing to Argyle in the Gold Bracket semifinals.
Ponder began its morning with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 victory over No. 17 Gunter, who knocked out the Lady Lions in the third round of the playoffs last year before reaching the regional final round.
Ponder went on to lose to Liberty Christian 18-25, 18-25 in the semifinal round of the Gold Bracket, which paired the Lady Lions with Aubrey in the third-place match of the tournament.
Thanks to excellent play from Sydney Garrison and Laney Roos, the Lady Chaparrals defeated Ponder in two sets (25-19, 25-17) to claim third place at the tournament. Garrison finished the day with 21 kills while Roos collected a team-high 36 digs, including 18 digs against Ponder.
Ponder settled for fourth place, marking their best finish at the Sawyer Camillo tournament in program history. Harper Mulkey led the Lady Lions on the day with 26 kills, 11 digs and three blocks. Sterling Wilkerson added another 17 kills, and Kylee Anderson finished with 36 digs.
Aubrey will be back in action on Tuesday at Frisco Memorial, and Ponder will be at Bowie on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Braswell ends weekend with back-to-back victories
ARGYLE — The Braswell Lady Bengals competed in the Silver Bracket at the Sawyer Camillo tournament.
Braswell lost its morning match to Southlake Carroll JV before turning around and defeating Sherman and Snyder to end tournament play.
The Lady Bengals won four of their six matches this weekend, and first-year Braswell coach Corey Jenkins believes his team is starting to come together.
“We found our rotation and found our energy this weekend,” Jenkins said. “I can see improvement and we are getting better. Excited to see what district brings.”