Only four district games on Lady Dragons' volleyball schedule

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

BANGS — Coming off a 25-8 campaign, an outright district championship and a trip to the second round of the playoffs, the Bangs Lady Dragons will be looking to raise the bar even higher when the season begins in mid-August.

And the Lady Dragons already know they have a postseason berth clinched.

Only three teams comprise District 7-3A — the Lady Dragons, Comanche and Dublin — making it easily the smallest in the state. In fact, 7-3A doesn’t have enough teams to fill up the eligible number of playoff positions, which means the winner of District 8-3A — which features Breckenridge, Clyde, Eastland and Jim Ned — will receive a first-round bye.

Region I in general is lacking in volleyball programs as it contains just 31 spread out over eight districts. Region IV is the second smallest with 45 teams, while Region III consists of 56 programs and Region II houses a state-high 60.

Bangs has just four district games on its schedule for the season — Oct. 7 at home against Comanche, Oct. 14 at Dublin, Oct. 18 at Comanche and Oct. 25 at home against Dublin.

With a mere four games on the district slate, third-year head coach Colleen Westfall had to be creative with Bangs’ non-district schedule.

Two-a-days begin Aug. 4 followed by a scrimmage at De Leon on Aug. 8 and a home scrimmage on Aug. 9. The Lady Dragons will then hold their alumni game on Aug. 12.

The regular season opens with the Albany tournament Aug. 14 and 16, while Bangs will also compete in the Dublin tournament Aug. 28 and 30.

The Lady Dragons’ first home game doesn’t fall until Sept. 2 when Burnet visits. Other home outings include Llano (Sept. 5), Albany and Abilene Christian in a dual match (Sept. 9), Breckenridge (Sept. 13), Bronte (Sept. 16) and Wall (Sept. 23).

Non-district road dates for Bangs include Brownwood (Aug. 19), Lampasas (Aug. 23), De Leon (Aug. 26), Eastland (Sept. 20), Jim Ned (Sept. 27), Sonora (Sept. 30) and Burnet (Oct. 30).