Euless Trinity started the volleyball season with a sweep of Irving, but challenges await the Lady Trojans around every corner. One particular matchup, which could take shape in an upcoming tournament, has the Trinity program ready to measure itself.
The Lady Trojans are competing in the Granbury Tournament starting Aug. 17, where the three-day event will require the team’s focus and attention. Host Granbury holds a particularly special challenge for Trinity head coach Mia Langi and her team.
Granbury head coach Tammy Clark is Langi’s trusted and respected mentor. It’s now Langi’s sixth year at Trinity, and it was Clark to whom Langi posed many of her first-year coaching questions.
“I’ve known her for many years and we’ve been in the same circle of friends and coaches,” she said. “I respect Tammy. We try to match and mirror the Granbury program.”
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Clark also pointed Langi to a special team study book which the Lady Trojans have become entrenched in reading and discussing.
The book, “What All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life,” by James Kerr, is a chronicle of perhaps the most dominant team in the world — the New Zealand All Blacks national rugby team. It’s already a much-read and well-worn item in the Trinity locker room.
At Granbury, pool play pits Trinity against Mansfield Timberview, Saginaw Chisholm Trail and Wichita Falls Rider.
Langi said the Rider game will be one which she sees as an opportunity to take on a great program.
The Lady Trojans will be keeping an eye out for Granbury in the next rounds of the tournament and the following Tuesday match.
Before that tournament, Trinity heads into the Mansfield ISD Sunrise Rotary Tournament over the weekend and every opponent will test the team. Pool play pits the Lady Trojans against Midland, Richland and Keller Fossil Ridge.
Trinity will turn around and host Duncanville on Tuesday — another task which will test them against a school with some of the state’s best athletes.
We had a team talk earlier and they’re talking about how we’re an army and we’re a family.
Coach Mia Langi on her team’s mentality
“We’ve always played Duncanville well, and it’s a good experience for us to face strong blockers,” Langi said. “Being able to overcome their block and still have a play off of it is really good for us to learn early in the season.”
After the return bus ride to Granbury, Trinity will host the Double T Tournament on Aug. 25-26.
Teams will include Duncanville, Irving, Midlothian, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Azle and Haltom.
The twist to the Double T Tournament is that the pairings will be a best-of-5 series in each round, which will further test the teams’ readiness for district play and beyond.
What Langi already knows about her team, though, is that “they’re a very selfless group. They remind me of my first group I had. They just want to learn and grow.
“We had a team talk earlier and they’re talking about how we’re an army and we’re a family,” Langi said. “The positive is that these girls have improved a great deal in such a short time. And they don’t know what their ceiling is.”