The 2017 volleyball season got underway last week for the Kingwood Lady Mustangs. The defending District 21-6A champions split four matches in the opening week, and reached the semifinals of the Silver Bracket at the 2017 Adidas John Turner Classic in Pearland.
After raising the curtain with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19) victory at Cy-Fair early last week, the Lady Mustangs ventured into the prestigious Pearland tournament. Following a successful 2-1 showing in pool play that included tournament-opening victories over Beaumont Westbrook (25-21, 25-16) and San Antonio Johnson (25-17, 22-25, 26-24), things got a little tougher.
Kingwood dropped a thrilling 2-1 (20-25, 25-21, 26-24) match to Kingwood Park that came right down to the wire, sending the Lady Mustangs to the Silver Bracket. There, Kingwood took care of Santa Fe, 25-21, 26-24, before falling to Grapevine 2-1 (25-13, 21-25, 20-25) in the bracket semifinals.
The Lady Mustangs closed out tournament play with a 2-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-11) loss to Clear Falls in the third-place match.
Kingwood is led by senior middle blocker Kayla Janikula, last season’s 21-6A Offensive MVP, along with first team all-district standout Camden Gray, 21-6 Newcomer of the Year Maddy Salazar, OH/DS Tannah Svihovec and setter Courtney Bocock.
The Lady Mustangs visit Oak Ridge for a 5:30 p.m. non-district match on Tuesday before hosting the Kingwood Varsity Tournament on Thursday and Saturday. The Lady Mustangs also host Ridge Point at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
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