VOLLEYBALL: The Woodlands edges rival College Park

THE WOODLANDS — The Woodlands was taken to the limit by a District 13-6A opponent on the road for the second straight Tuesday.

This time, it was College Park looking to play spoiler.

Down 2-1 early, The Woodlands won the final two sets for a 22-25, 25-17, 25-27, 25-18, 15-11 victory to remain unbeaten and atop the district standings.

The Woodlands faced an identical situation one week ago at Grand Oaks — loud gym, lots of energy and a deficit to climb out of after three sets played. Just like against the Grizzlies, the Lady Highlanders persevered again.

“It’s so tiring to keep going through these games,” The Woodlands coach Terri Wade said. “Just as long as they can keep in their heads that we can do it, we’ll keep doing it. When they come up with a win, it’s a mental and physical victory.”

Tuesday marked The Woodlands’ 11th straight win over the Lady Cavaliers dating back to 2015. It was the most competitive match in a decade for the two programs, which last played to five sets in 2010.

College Park (5-10, 2-3), which entered the night in fourth place, has played in nothing but sweeps in district play, wins and losses, until Tuesday night. Although it was not ideal to drop a district match, College Park coach Candice Gibson was pleased with her team’s performance. The Lady Cavaliers went 2-1 last week with wins over Conroe and Willis and had suffered a loss against Oak Ridge coming in.

“I was so proud of the girls,” Gibson said. “I thought tonight that it was truly a full-team effort. I loved the fight, and I loved the confidence that the girls showed. Every night is so important when you only have six teams. For us to come out and play as hard as we did, there’s not much more we could ask for.”

The fifth set was ultra competitive with eight ties and four lead changes.

The Woodlands (14-3, 5-0) went on a 4-0 run as Majorie Johnson delivered a kill, Claire Arend added two straight and Molly Tuozzo put down an ace to go up 13-10.

After a timeout by College Park, The Woodlands took two of the next three points, including the winner by Arend at the net.

“I wouldn’t say that we underestimated them,” Wade said of College Park. “All props to them for how hard they played and the placement they had on the ball. It definitely took us a while to adjust, and even when we did adjust, they would change it up again. It really just came down to that we’ve become fighters down to the last point.”

College Park seized momentum early with a first-set win. Lexi Rozanovich put down the winning kill.

The second set was back-and-forth early. Tied at 10, The Woodlands went on a 6-0 run and never trailed the rest of the set.

The third set was a slugfest with 11 ties and five lead changes. With the

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The Woodlands, College Park earn district victories

State-ranked The Woodlands swept Willis 25-7, 25-17, 25-18 Saturday morning to remain unbeaten and atop the District 13-6A standings.

The Lady Highlanders (13-3, 4-0) had a balanced match on offense as Claire Arend a team-high eight of 41 team kills. Natasha Zorbas added seven kills

Clara Brower had a solid all-around match with 28 assists, eight digs, six kills, three blocks and four aces. Jackie Lee led in digs with 20.

The Woodlands entered the week ranked No. 24 in Class 6A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association and earned three district wins, including Grand Oaks and Conroe.

The Woodlands travels to rival College Park Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Willis (1-10, 0-4) plays at Conroe at the same time that night.

College Park sweeps Willis

College Park earned a 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Willis in District 13-6A play Saturday.

Mallory Madison led the Lady Cavaliers (5-9, 2-2) with 10 kills and 12 digs. Abby Kremer finished with nine kills, and Cassidy Copeland and Paige Palmer each had six. Koralyn Owens finished with 22 assists and six digs, and Paige Bernstein added 15 assists. Alexis McDaniel had 15 digs, and Palmer had 12.

College Park returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against The Woodlands.

Another sweep for the Lady Bears

For the second consecutive day, the first-place Montgomery Lady Bears earned a District 20-5A sweep. This time it was against the Dayton Broncos with scores of 25-16, 25-12, 25-11.

Montgomery (11-4, 8-0) got eight kills from Emma Ely while Abby Meador and Grace Ellis each had six.

Raina McWhirter had 24 assists and Kendall Sadler had six aces.

Montgomery returns to action Tuesday at New Caney.

Oak Ridge picks up non-district win

Oak Ridge topped Cypress Creek 25-16, 25-17, 25-13 on Saturday in non-district play.

The War Eagles (13-2) got 11 kills apiece from Tori Perduk and Madison Hall in the win. Kylee Curt added 10 kills and a pair of aces. Julia Neveu led the defensive effort with 20 digs while Alex Singleton had 16 digs. Avery Fowler and Piper Boydstun had 23 assists apiece.

Oak Ridge is at Grand Oaks on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in District 13-6A action.

Lake Creek splits matches

Lake Creek split a pair of District 20-5A matches Saturday, beating Dayton and losing to Kingwood Park.

The Lions (9-5, 6-2) defeated Cleveland 25-11, 25-10, 25-8. Madison Blane led the team with 12 kills, and Payton Woods added seven. Lauren Greene finished with 16 assists, and Reagan Wells had nine. Green also had seven digs, and Riley Mason finished with six.

Kingwood Park defeated Lake Creek 28-26, 22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-13. Woods finished with 19 kills and nine digs for Lake Creek, and Blane finished with six kills. Green finished with 20 assists and six digs, and Wells added 13 assists. Mason finished with 20 digs.

Lake Creek returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dayton.

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