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Aug 14 09 4:43 AM

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The Duncanville Tournament of Champions gets under way this morning. Despite coming the first weekend of the season, the tournament has typically offered a preview of the Texas state tournament. Five of the last six 5A champions started the season by advancing to the Duncanville finals. Keep going back through the record books and you find much more of the same.

The top three teams last year -- Lake Highlands, Amarillo and Westlake -- all ended up in the state tournament. And the other state semifinalist, Clear Creek, won the consolation title.

Post your updates here. We'll have complete coverage on LoneStarVolleyball.com.

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Aug 14 09 4:56 AM

Scott

This year should be fun alot of teams are in rebuilding stage. But there are teams who are young and just blasting out of the gate fast. I hope these teams dont peak to early. They need to save some of it to peak in the season and playoffs. But today should be fun I would all so like to say the Arlington schools are down this year. I have all so Talked to head coach of Arlington high and the players just dont have the fire in there eyes yet. The Martin team might shock alot of us this year give them time to gel togather as a team. But the one school that I want to see play today is those good old Amarillo Sandies. I think this could be another great season for them. But today will show us how alot of the top teams are playing togather. Good luck to all the teams playing today. Lets play fair and have fun .....

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Aug 14 09 9:15 AM

Arlington schools

The good thing for the Arlington schools is that there don't seem to be any powers in North Texas, so if they can get things going they should be in the hunt.

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Aug 14 09 9:19 AM

Top seeds advance

The top seeds in the upper bracket had little trouble Friday morning. Amarillo, Red Oak, A&M Consolidated, Plano East, Clear Lake, Lake Highlands, College Park, Pearce and Martin all won.

That sets up a nice second round matchup between College Park and Pearce. We'll find out a lot about both teams in that one.

Minor surprises -- Arlington and Arlington Lamar both lose.

Nice surprise -- El Paso Franklin, which is off to a good start this season, won its opener.

We'll have scores on LoneStarVolleyball.com

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Aug 14 09 10:32 AM

More winners advance

Clear Creek, Westlake, Coppell, Plano West, Keller Central and McKinney Boyd win their opening matches. Boyd win came at the expense of Magnolia. Scores on LoneStarVolleyball.com

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Aug 14 09 10:42 AM

Highland Park falls

Carley McCarra, Samone Boyd and Bailie Jedlika led Clear Springs down the stretch as the Chargers knocked off Highland Park in three, 25-20 in the third on a blast by McCarra from the left.

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Aug 14 09 11:46 AM

Amarillo, Red Oak advance

Amarillo and Red Oak are heading to a 4 p.m. showdown after winning their second round matches. Amarillo knocked off EP Coronado while Red Oak swept Colleyville. A&M Consolidated and Plano East are locked in a terrific battle that's going three.

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Aug 14 09 1:23 PM

Pearce over College Park in 3

Pearce closed with a 5-0 run in game three to advance with a 25-20, 13-25, 25-16 second round win over College Park. Matalee Reed, Elyse Burkert and Katie O'Brien led the game three attack for Pearce. Stephanie Holland was unstoppable for Pearce in game one. Lexi Erwin was equally unstoppable for College Park in game two.

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Aug 14 09 2:40 PM

Westlake advances

Chaps rebound from game one loss to move on with a 21-25, 25-19, 25-16 win over Coppell. Clear Creek was down 21-24 in game one against McKinney Boyd but rallied behind two huge blocks by Amanda Watson to take game one over McKinney Boyd, then closed out the match to advance to the third round.

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Aug 14 09 3:40 PM

Amarillo fights off Red Oak

In the most entertaining match of the day, played in front of a packed gym, the Red Oak Hawks learned a lesson a lot of teams have learned over the years -- no lead is a safe lead against the Amarillo Sandies. After dropping game one 27-25, Red Oak looked on the verge of forcing a third game leading 19-12 and in control. But Micah Nolan led a 13-2 closing outburst as the defending champs advanced with a 27-25, 25-21 win. Andrea McQuaid put on a show for the Hawks.

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Aug 14 09 4:39 PM

Marcus moves on

In a battle of evenly-matched teams, Mary Koehler, Haley Neisler, Bailey Bunting and Lauren Douglass broke open game three to give Flower Mound Marcus a three-game win over A&M Consolidated. Marcus now faces Amarillo on Saturday morning.

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Aug 14 09 5:36 PM

Pearce over Lake Highlands

Richardson Pearce becomes the first semifinalist with a sweep of Lake Highlands. Down 17-19 in game two, Elyse Burkert, Katie O'Brien and Stephanie Holland led an 8-2 closing run to close out the match. Pearce will face the winner of Saturday morning's Amarillo-Flower Mound Marcus quarterfinal match.

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Aug 15 09 8:13 AM

Amarillo, Westlake survive scares

Amarillo and Westlake advanced to the Duncanville semifinals Saturday morning but it was far from easy.

With All-Texas setter Caylin Mahoney and middle Whitney Little leading the charge, Keller Central took Westlake to three and it was tied at 21-21 before Ella Praisner sparked a 4-0 Westlake finish to take the match 21-25, 25-21, 25-21.

Amarillo and Marcus also went three and it was tied at 24 in the third before Amarillo closed out the 25-16, 28-25, 26-24 win.

Clear Creek also needed three to advance, but held on against a good looking El Paso Franklin team 27-25, 25-18, 25-20.

The semifinals, which start at 11, feature Amarillo vs. Richardson Pearce and Clear Creek vs. Westlake.

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Aug 15 09 9:57 AM

Westlake rolls into finals

The Chaps dominated the net and game one, then put together an 8-0 run midway through game two, to sweep Clear Creek 25-10, 25-22 and advance to the Duncanville finals. Creek had no answer for Sara Shaw or the Westlake front line.

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Aug 15 09 10:51 AM

Amarillo - Westlake in finals

The Duncanville finals will be a rematch of last year's 5A state finals after Amarillo survived a first-game battle to take down Richardson Pearce 27-25, 25-17 in the semifinals. Pearce had two game points in the opener but couldn't hold off the Sandies.

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Aug 15 09 1:00 PM

Pearce rolls to third

Richardson Parce's big front row attack of Katie O'Brien, Shelby Sullivan, Stephanie Holland, Lauren English and Elyse Burkert overwhelmed Clear Creek in the third place match as Pearce rolled 25-19, 25-11.

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Aug 15 09 2:18 PM

Ama-Westlake game 1

Amarillo up 9-4, time out Westlake. Burgess and Robinett big early for Amarillo. They are playing best of five.

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