Tryouts are less than 24 hours away and the 2018 season is just one week from going live, which means it's all business for the Bishop Lynch volleyball team after a 36-win season in 2017.
The Friars are expected to bring back six lettermen – including All-State performers Lauryn Green, Izzy Clavenna and Alex Galicia – from a 36-5 team that captured a fourth straight district title and made a trip to the TAPPS 6A Final Four.
The girls will also bring a 64-game district win streak into the new season, a streak that now stands as the longest active streak in the state of Texas. But after realignment in February, the Friars will have almost half as many district games after going from a nine-team to a six-team district.
Gone are Liberty Christian, TCA-Addison, and Nolan Catholic while the district held on to Bishop Dunne, Prestonwood Christian, John Paul II, Parish Episcopal and Ursuline Academy. Due to change in the district, the Friars will have just nine home games, starting with the season opener Aug. 7 against McKinney Boyd.
Head coach Tricia Roos retained some of the usual tough opponents with scrimmages at Lovejoy (Aug. 4) and Southlake (Aug. 6). The girls will also face the likes of Plano West, Coppell, and Rockwall-Heath in non-district play.
The team will have more than three weeks between their first two home contests, with the second coming Aug. 31 against Highland Park. District play begins Sept. 18 at home against John Paul II and highly-anticipated contests at home with Ursuline, Parish and Prestonwood are scheduled for Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, respectively.
The regular season concludes Oct. 18 at Ursuline, the playoffs are slated to start Oct. 27 and the state tournament will take place Nov. 9-10 in Waco.
For the full schedule, visit http://blfriars.org/sports/wvball/2018-19/schedule.
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