The 2019 volleyball season shifted into high gear this week with the start of tournament play.
Several local teams chose to stay close and compete in the Garland ISD Volleyball Tournament, which featured a 32-team field at three different venues.
When the dust settled on Friday, Sachse, Rowlett and Poteet were among the teams that qualified for the championship bracket.
Playing on their home court, the Mustangs rolled through Division I without dropping a set.
Sachse won every game by double digits, recording sweeps of Irving MacArthur (25-4, 25-12), Texarkana Texas High (25-8, 25-14) and Gilmer (25-11, 25-8).
Rowlett was also on its home turf, where it posted a 2-1 record in Division 6.
The Eagles got pushed to three games in their opener but were able to prevail in a 25-11, 19-25, 25-15 victory over Sulphur Springs and they followed that up with a 25-23, 25-8 win against Kilgore.
Rowlett got off to a strong start in its pool finale, but Wylie East was able to rally for a 22-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory to win the pool.
Poteet also went 2-1 in Division 8 at Naaman Forest High School. The Pirates got pushed to the limit in the opener but prevailed with a 25-23, 15-25, 25-22 win over Carrollton Creekview.
The Pirates dropped a 25-17, 25-15 decision to Frisco Independence but closed the day on a high note with a 25-20, 25-15 sweep of Naaman Forest.
Joining Sachse, Wylie East and Frisco Independence as pool winners were Frisco, Carthage, Richardson, Pearce and Frisco Heritage.
Horn posted a 1-2 record in Division 3 and will be part of the challenger bracket on Saturday.
The high point came with a 25-16, 27-25 sweep of North Garland. The Jaguars won one set in their other two matches, but were outlasted by Carthage (25-20, 18-25, 25-21) and Forney (25-11, 21-25, 25-16).
Mesquite will also be part of the challenger bracket after going 0-3 in Division 5. The Skeeters will look to bounce back after suffering losses to Pearce (25-10, 25-19), Frisco Lone Star (25-10, 25-9) and Carrollton Newman Smith (25-23, 25-20).