As it approaches the start of District 10-6A play, the Highland Park volleyball team already has seen its share of ups and downs this season.
So one of its primary goals in the next week will be to maximize the highs and minimize the lows. Fortunately for the Lady Scots (15-7), a sweep of Midlothian on Tuesday was a step in the right direction.
“We’re not being as consistent as I would like us to be, particularly in our offense,” said HP head coach Michael Dearman. “We’re seeing some good things.”
HP won, 25-20, 25-21, 25-10, over the Lady Panthers to remain unbeaten this season in non-tournament matches.
The Lady Scots used a balanced attack to spur an 8-1 run in the middle of a seesaw first set. In the second, HP never trailed, starting with a 5-0 lead on the strength of Madeline Bonnet’s serve. Bonnet, a libero, finished the match with three aces to go along with eight assists and seven digs.
HP dominated from start to finish in the third set behind the serving of Landry Ray, who tallied 17 assists and nine digs. Perhaps more importantly, the Lady Scots focused their block on neutralizing the attack of Midlothian standout Cece Madison.
Elizabeth Gilley paced HP with 10 kills and eight digs. Other statistical standouts included Grace Bonnet (eight digs, six kills), Allegra Munoz (10 kills, three digs), Peyton Eisnaugle (six kills), and Catherine Johnson (15 assists).
The Lady Scots will travel to Rockwall-Heath on Friday, then to Southlake Carroll on Tuesday. District play starts on Sept. 12 against Richardson Berkner.