MANSFIELD — Mansfield made the the 3A-West District Championship a mere formality. Capping a perfect season in conference play, Mansfield was more or less perfect in a 25-10, 25-17, 25-17 sweep of Paris Tuesday.
The two teams met last year in in the 3A state championship game and Mansfield (29-3) begins defense of its title next week at the state tournament in Harrison.
“We came out focused and did what we had to do,” Mansfield coach April Howell said. “We’ve had some tough nonconference matches with teams like Greenwood and Mena and we know in volleyball you can’t take anyone lightly. We came out and played well early and didn’t let Paris get in the game.”
Mansfield senior Kaylie Pyles, celebrating her 18th birthday, led a balanced attack with 10 kills. Erin Reano added eight, Mallory Ward seven, Samatha Stipins four and Sierra Grady had three.
“We did a good job passing and getting everybody involved in the game,” Howell said. “I feel like they are communicating well on the court.”
Paris (16-8) is district runner-up and a No. 2 seed at state for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Eagles made a run to the championship game before losing to Mansfield.
Daisy Mitchell led Paris with nine kills and Jakyra Austin had seven kills.
Mansfield took charge in the first set, going up 4-0 and 7-1 on the way to a 25-10 win.
“We played very well in the semifinals against Lavaca, then we just didn’t get out the gate very well tonight,” Paris coach Wes Davis said. “That seems to happen to us against them a lot. They are a really good volleyball team and if you are not playing your best game they will make you pay for it in a hurry.”
Mansfield plays a tournament tuneup match on Thursday against 4A Waldron.
“They are a good program and will give us another good test going to state,” Howell said. “I feel like we are playing well and ready to go to state, but we want to do everything we can to be there.”