After splitting 10 matches to start the season during the week of Aug. 10, including nine matches at the John Turner Classic, the Kingwood Park Lady Panthers volleyball team returned home for a pair of matches.
Once again, Park went .500 in those matches, on their home court against the Friendswood Mustangs and in a tough five-set match on Kingwood’s court.
Last Tuesday night, the Lady Panthers faced Friendswood on their home court, and though the sledding was difficult for large parts of the match, the Lady Panthers found a way to the winner’s circle.
For much of the first set, it was very, very tight, with neither team gaining a huge advantage. In fact, the first set was tied at 11 at one point. But, led by Erika Williams and others, the Lady Panthers then went on a 13-6 run to break the set open, and even though the Mustangs tried to mount a rally, the Panthers took the set 25-20.
In the second set, however, Friendswood came out with all engines burning, taking an early 5-1 advantage and eventually would go up 15-10. The Lady Panthers then issued a championship response. They immediately erased the Friendswood five-point edge with a 7-1 spurt that gave Park a brief lead. From that point, the teams traded points and leads until Park found themselves up 24-22 facing two set points. But Friendswood battled back again to tie at 24. However, the Lady Panthers dug deep again, eventually winning the set 27-25.
Friendswood took the third set 26-24, but at that point the hill was too much to climb and the Lady Panthers took the fourth set easily, 25-17, and the match, three sets to one.
Against the Kingwood Mustangs last Friday night, the Lady Panthers saw another tough match. They took the first set 27-25, lost the next two sets, and won the fourth 28-26 before finally losing the decisive fifth set 17-15.
This week, the Lady Panthers take on College Park Tuesday night at College Park, then head to Leander for the Volleypalooza tournament.