Highland Park’s run through the Class 5A volleyball playoffs came to a heartbreaking end on Friday in the Region II semifinals.
After taking the first set, the Lady Scots lost in five to Frisco Reedy, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 15-11, in a seesaw battle between powerhouse programs.
HP’s season ends one victory short off the 40-win plateau. The Lady Scots (39-7) had swept their previous three postseason matches and had beaten their last 21 opponents in Class 5A prior to Friday’s defeat.
The fourth-round playoff exit caps a campaign that included an unbeaten run in District 13-5A, a runner-up finish at the prestigious Volleypalooza tournament in August, and senior Emily Hellmuth setting a new school record for career kills while earning All-American status from the AVCA.