It’s not often weather influences volleyball, but Mother Nature created chaos during the first day of LISD Volleypalooza on Thursday.
With Hurricane Harvey barring down on the Texas coast, many teams left Central Texas to prepare for the storm, ending the first day of the three-day, 68-team tournament early and an earlier than scheduled reseeding.
“We’re going as it happens,” Rouse head coach Jacob Thompson said. “The weather has some other plans. It’s definitely new and we’ve never had it before. It’ll just be an issue when we have to do seeding and putting people where they have to fall tomorrow.”
A total of 16 teams left the tournament after or during the first day of competition.
But pool play continues on Friday with two groups, the first has seven pools of four and two pools of three, while Group 2 has six pools of three teams. From there the teams will be placed in a cross bracket to determine their positioning for Round 3 on Saturday.
Of the LISD teams on Day 1, Rouse and Vandegrift each finished 3-0 in pool play. Cedar Park and Vista Ridge each finished 1-2, Glenn went 0-3, and Leander went 1-1 after one pool member left before the competition started.
A full list of the results and a full schedule for Friday can be found here.
The Lady Raiders made quick work of their three opponents, beating Cleburne 25-14, 25-13 in the opener, Dickinson 25-13, 25-11 in Game 2, and Pearland 25-14, 25-22 in the final match of the day.
Rouse continues the tournament at 9 a.m. against Cedar Ridge, faces Westwood at 11 a.m., and hosts New Braunfels at 2 p.m. All of their Round 2 matches will be played at Rouse High School.
“We just want competition and to get ready for Day 2,” Thompson said. “We start to take the game up a level for the next day of the tournament.”
While Rouse made quick work on the first day, Glenn fought through every match.
The Lady Grizzlies lost to Tomball Memorial 25-12, 22-25, 25-14 in Game 1, fell 25-9, 25-14 to the Woodlands in the second game, and lost to Bryan 21-25, 25-19, 25-17 in the final game of the day.
“I’m happy with what our girls are capable of,” Glenn coach Ashley Foster said. “We’re still trying to build that confidence with our upperclassmen since we’re still young. We have some good things happening for us. They’re improving every day and that’s all I can ask.”
Glenn returns to action on Friday in a three-team pool with Pflugerville and Mansfield Legacy and begins Round 2 by taking on the Panthers at 9 a.m. at the Glenn High School main gym.
“They’re able to see a different kind competition and see what it’s going to take to get to the level we want to be at,” Foster said. “We want to be able to play at a high level, and we’ve got see what that looks like.”