After winning the 5A state volleyball championship in 2018, the Kingwood Park Panthers volleyball team hit the court to begin their season this past week with the hopes of being able to defend their title.
The season started with 10 matches; the first being a home match against Pearland, and the following nine being at the Adidas John Turner Classic. In those ten matches, the Panthers went 5-5.
In the Pearland match, it ended up being a sweep for the visiting Oilers, as they dispatched of the Panthers 25-10, 25-16 and 25-23.
The Panthers next went to the Adidas John Turner Classic, where 58 teams competed. Of those teams, Park finished 38th and took five of the nine matches they played in the tournament.
Compared to other local schools, Park finished second highest, behind only Kingwood who finished tied for 35th and went 5-3 in the tournament.
Last Thursday, the Panthers played three matches, winning one of the three. Their first match was against San Antonio Christian, who beat the Panthers in straight sets 25-21 and 25-16.
The Panthers won their first match of the season in their second match that day, defeating Elsik in a sweep, 25-18 and 25-14, and in the third match, lost to Clear Brook 25-21 and 25-17.
Park won all three of their matches on the second day of the tournament and won all their sets as well. In the first match, the Panthers defeated Montgomery 25-18 and 25-22. In the match after that, they beat Brazoswood 25-20 and 25-23. And in the third match, they took on a local foe, Summer Creek, and swept the Bulldogs as well, 25-15 and 25-19.
On Saturday, the third and final day of the tournament, the Panthers won one of their three matches; they were swept by Santa Fe 25-20 in both sets, beat Nederland 25-14 and 25-22, and then lost to Texas City 25-17 and 25-20.
The Panthers next take on Friendswood on Tuesday at home, then face Kingwood at Kingwood High School Friday night.