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Volleyball, cross country notebook: No. 1 Carroll sweeps Arlington Invitational
Southlake Carroll coasted to a championship at the Arlington Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday, sweeping Arlington, A&M Consolidated and Colleyville Heritage in the final three rounds.
Carroll’s win against Heritage in the final avenged its loss in a Region I semifinal last season, and propelled it to the top spot in SportsDay’s rankings.
With district play a little more than a week away, Carroll (27-1) is already eyeing a state tournament berth.
“We’re gonna be disappointed if we don’t get there,” Carroll coach Arthur Stanfield said.
But Stanfield and Southlake Carroll know better than most about the danger of overlooking opponents. Carroll was 44-1 in 2011 before it lost to Grapevine in the area round of the playoffs.
Cat McCoy, a Texas pledge, has 351 digs this season from her libero position. She was named the MVP of the Arlington tournament. Senior outside hitter Christen Sikora was named the tournament’s outstanding offensive player.
Plano West girls claim title: Plano West’s top four runners finished together Saturday at the Plano ISD Invitational, giving the girls’ cross country squad a team championship.
Valarie Bradley, Arielle Surles, Sage McAdams and Lauren Davis finished fourth through seventh, respectively. It’s a pack running strategy that Plano West girls’ coach Jerry Gardner encourages.
“Each one of those girls helps play a role for each other when we’re running in those groups to help carry certain other athletes through parts of the race,” Gardner said. “We do have high aspirations for this team. The potential for this group of young ladies is high.”
Southlake Carroll sweeps Marcus Invite: Two-time defending 5A state champions Southlake Carroll claimed the overall title at the Marcus Invitational on Saturday, with the boys’ team (95 points) defeating Hebron (149) and the girls’ team (85) narrowly beating Flower Mound Marcus (92).
The girls’ team was led by Antigone Archer, who placed sixth at 18 minutes, 27 seconds. Jacob Pickle was Southlake Carroll’s top finisher on the boys’ side, with a third place finish at 15:31.
Staff writer Kyle Fredrickson contributed to this report.