TGCA Volleyball Poll Feature 3 Valley Teams




What is turning into another great Rio Grande Valley volleyball season is being recognized across the state.

McHi, McAllen Memorial and Mission Veterans Memorial are all ranked in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Poll.

McHi, which has been the cream of the crop this year with a 29-1 record was ranked No. 15 in Class 6A. Memorial, with a 24-3 record is tied for 20th in the poll, also in 6A. Mission Veterans Memorial, which is playing its best volleyball so far this season, is No. 17 in the Class 5A poll.

Memorial opens district play at home on Saturday against LaJoya Palmview, McHi has an open date on Saturday and returns to action Tuesday against LaJoya. Memorial and McHi face off on Saturday.

“I think it’s great any time a Valley team can make it into the polls,” said Memorial head coach Lorena Lopez. “We don’t personally follow it but I know the community loves it and it’s something especially McAllen can be very proud of with two teams ranked. We just try to live up to it and take it one game at a time.”

Lopez said she and the team are excited to start district play, especially after such a grueling pre-district schedule filled with tournaments and multiple games a week.

“The girls can get worn down on a schedule like that so it’s nice to get back to the regular schedule,” Lopez said. “I think we are heading in the right direction at the right time. The chemistry looks better and I see improvement every time we hit the floor. We’re finding our groove.”

After an opening match loss to No. 9 Laredo Alexander, the Lady Bulldogs have run off 29 straight victories, most recently defeating San Benito 25-19, 25-9, 25-21.

“The girls are having a lot of fun and playing well together and we we do get in a tough spot they pull through and that’s a great thing,” McHi coach Paula Dodge said. “It’s always nice being ranked but there’s a lot of great competition in the Valley and we’re all just getting started with district. Fortunately a tough schedule has prepared us for that.”

McHi has won all three tournaments it played this year – the McAllen PoundFest, the San Antonio ISD and the Sharyland tournaments. Dodge said the goal now is to play to be in position to finish first in the district to have a first-round bi-district match against the No. 4 seed from the other district.

“We have some tough games coming up so we have to be prepared,” Dodge said. “We play a ranked Memorial team on Saturday – those are always nail biters.”


1 – Waco Midway

2 – Conroe Oak Ridge

3 – McKinney Boys

4 – Lewisville Hebron

5 – Southlake Carroll

6 – New Braunfels Canyon

7 – Clear Creek

8 – Plano West

9 – Laredo Alexander

10 – The Woodlands

11 – Pearland

12 – Allen

13 – San Antonio Brennan

14 – Round Rock Westwood

15 – McAllen

16 – El Paso Franklin

17 – San Antonio Reagan

18 – Pearland Dawson

19 – El Paso Coronado

20t – McAllen Memorial

20t – San Antonio Clark

20t – Laredo United

20t – Austin Vandergrift

20t – Byron Nelson

20t – Austin Westlake

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