This past weekend, 88 teams competed at the Adidas John Turner Classic in Pearland, the nation’s largest high school volleyball tournament.
Of those 88 teams, several of them were area volleyball schools; Kingwood, Kingwood Park and Summer Creek all competed in this tournament.
Of the three area schools, Kingwood Park and Kingwood both advanced to the tournament’s Gold Bracket. The Mustangs started off strong with two straight wins. Against Ursuline Academy, they took the match in three sets, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19.
Against San Marcos it was much the same; the Mustangs took the first set 25-17, lost a tough second set 23-25 and bounced back to win the third set 25-14. Though they lost to Westlake after that, the two wins got the Mustangs into the Gold Bracket.
But from there, things got a lot rougher for the Mustangs, as they fell to Smithson Valley, San Antonio Reagan, Clear Falls and Bellaire. The Mustangs finished 31st in the tournament.
The Panthers also made it to the Gold Bracket of the tournament; they did so by sweeping through their first three matches.
The only one of those three matches that went the distance was the second match, against Santa Fe; the Panthers took the first set 25-18, lost the second 24-26 and then won the third 25-16.
Things didn’t go as well for the Panthers in the Gold Bracket, although they did manage to win one of those four matches; in that match, they swept Bellaire 25-19 and 25-14.
In the other three matches, Clear Springs and Pearland Dawson beat the Panthers in straight sets, and San Antonio Reagan came back to win a three-set match. For the tournament, the Panthers finished 23rd.
The Summer Creek Bulldogs got off to a slow start in the tournament, losing their first two matches, but then rallied to win three of their final five matches (against San Marcos, Kinkaid and Elsik) to finish 43rd for the tournament.