RIO VISTA — In the playoffs for a fifth season in a row, the Rio Vista Lady Eagles are scheduled to open the Class 2A playoffs Thursday with a bi-district showdown against Trenton.
The Lady Eagles (17-6) and Lady Tigers are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve Thursday in Sanger.
Rio Vista went 12-2 in District 15-2A play, finishing second behind Blum but the Lady Eagles enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed out of their league in the Class 2A playoffs.
While the 2020 season has been challenging for all involved, the Lady Eagles have had to deal with a string of injuries throughout the season, Coach Misty Martin said.
“It has definitely been a crazy season, to say the least,” Martin said. “We have had several injuries at different times and had to change our rotation, what feels like, every other game. With that being said, I think that has helped each of the girls become stronger because they have had to step out of their comfort zone and play a position they might have not had to play if we did not have any injuries. Each girl has had to feel the pressure that comes along with that new position that they have to step up to play, giving them a sense of understanding for each other on a whole different level. I feel that this forms a unique bond between the players, giving them insight to how each other feel, think and perform.”
Unfortunately, those injury issues have lingered into this week as Rio Vista will be down a key member of its team as it begins the postseason.
“Having a teammate get hurt last week put a kink in our plans for the second year in a row,” Martin said. “Overall, the other girls are stepping up and working hard to fill her spot. I believe we are where we need to be mentally and physically, and these girls are ready for playoffs.”
Last season, Rio Vista lost to No. 10-ranked Scurry-Rosser in the Class 3A bi-district playoffs. The Lady Eagles are looking for their first bi-district win since beating Eustace in the 2018 playoffs.
Martin said they need to enter Thursday’s match against Trenton with a “leave-it-all-on-the-court” mindset to be successful — treat every play like it’s your last.
“The girls have to be ready to leave it all on the court,” Martin said. “I have been preaching to them for weeks that we have to treat every game as if it could be our last, and having this many seniors, I feel that it is starting to resonate with them. With any sport you want them to give it their all each and every time they step on the court, and if they are prepared to do that on Thursday, then we will take that bi-district title, no doubt.”
Rio Vista is scheduled to visit Hillsboro at 5 p.m. today in a warm-up game.