Though the Texas high school football season is now officially underway, the high school volleyball season is heating up as well.
The Kingwood Park Lady Panthers, who won a state championship one year ago, have seen some bumpy roads early on in their title defense. However, with district play came an opportunity to change their season for the better.
Against Montgomery at home on Friday night, Park took a good first step towards making that a reality.
Though the Lady Panthers won the match in a sweep, the sweep itself did not come easily except for the second set. In the first set, Montgomery came out ready to play and took an early 8-5 lead, but Park responded with a 9-2 run to go up 14-10 and then eventually 19-14. Though Montgomery made one last push and got within a point at 20-19, the Lady Panthers responded with one final 5-1 sprint to win the first set 25-20.
The second set was an easier one for the Lady Panthers; it started off even at 6-6, but the Lady Panthers finished on a 19-5 spurt to win the set 25-11.
The third set, however, was anything but easy. It looked like it was going to be an easy Park win in the set and in the match at one point as the Lady Panthers went up 19-12. However, an 11-2 spurt by Montgomery put the Bears up 23-21 and in position to at least extend the match. Montgomery was also up 24-23 with a set point. But facing a set loss, Park responded, finishing the night with three straight points to win 26-24.
Park also competed in the Clear Creek ISD tournament on Thursday and Saturday; on Thursday in pool play, the Lady Panthers went 1-2, losing to Klein and Deer Park but beating Katy Taylor. They competed in the bronze bracket on Saturday.
The Lady Panthers competed on the road at Caney Creek Tuesday night and are at home vs. Lake Creek on Friday.