Winning has its advantages! Because the Mansfield Junior High Lady Tigers swept the 2A West volleyball conference season with a perfect 6-0 record, they will play host to all their games throughout the conference tournament.
In a new format designed to follow AAA guidelines, the 2A West volleyball tournament will be played at the higher seed teams’ home court. Mansfield by virtue of their unblemished record will play at home as the number one seed on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 PM. Their opponent will be the winner of the first-round contest between Lifeway and Eureka Springs.
Should Mansfield prevail as expected, they will advance to the finals on Thursday, October 15 for another 6 PM matchup. If seedings hold up, the junior Lady Tigers most likely will face Lavaca the second-best team by record in the conference finals.
Mansfield’s netters are led by freshmen Alyson Edwards, Harlie Fuller, Rachel Johnson, Cole Smith, and Kynslee Ward. Eighth-grade libero Trinity Triska and seventh-grade middle hitter Kaylee Ward have extensive roles as well.
The team is instructed by head coach Kaylie Pyles and assistant coach Darla Walker.
Mansfield fans should be aware even though their team is playing at home, the games are part of the overall district tournament. Proceeds go to the 2A West Conference. As such, local season passes and student discount passes will not be honored. Only AAA passes and senior citizen cards will be recognized. Admission will be $5 per person.
Reduced seating capacity along with health protocols will still be in effect. Although bleacher space is limited inside Tiger Gymnasium, attendance records throughout this volleyball season indicate there should be plenty of seating available. No vouchers will be required. Doors, however, will not open until 5:30 PM.