No. 18 Kingwood Park hopes for deep playoff run to state
Kingwood Park made school history last season by making it all the way to the Region III-6A tournament.
The Lady Panthers came up short against Rouse in the Region III-6A final match and are looking to take get over the hump this season.
“We set big goals for ourselves this year,” said K-Park head coach Kelly Miser, who led the Lady Panthers to their first district title last season. “The goal is to make it to the state tournament. I think that we have a special group and if they can commit to working hard on a daily basis and the commitment to themselves, we’re capable of getting there.”
K-Park returns nine players from last year’s team and is off to a hot start.
The Lady Panthers are 26-11 overall and are 12-0 in District 20-6A play under Miser, who is in her third season at K-Park.
In K-Park’s 12 district matches, 11 of them have been sweeps in the new district that includes Caney Creek, Hunstville Montgomery, Lake Creek, New Caney, Porter, Tomball and Willis.
“It definitely feels good,” said Miser about being undefeated in district. “Going into the new district with realignment we knew it was going to be a really tough district. There’s great competition in this district. The girls have really worked hard and prepared for our big matches. We feel good about how we’re playing right now.”
K-Park was ranked No. 18 in Class 6A last week in the Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball poll.
Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Overmyer, who has 113 kills, eight aces, 11 blocks and 80 digs, is pleased with how the Lady Panthers are playing right now.
K-Park has shown its dominance in district play, but still has to work on the basics to play to their best ability.
“It feels good to be undefeated, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Overmyer said. “Everyone being focused and determined is how we’re going to reach our goal. Everyone has to buy in at practice, at games and not just want everything in one day. You have to want it every day you’re on the court.”
Senior setter Andie Unwin has seen the progression with her outside hitters improve throughout the season.
“I think its going pretty well, working on our offense,” said Unwin, who has 154 assists, 83 kills and 51 digs on the season. “We make sure to work together in practice and make sure the connection is there in games too. The better communication you have with your hitter the better your offense can be. We have to make sure that we improve in all of our sets.”
With six district matches left in the season, K-Park still has its mind on closing out district play.
Still the goal remains to play at the state tournament in November.
“I think just staying focused in practice and working on little things is the most important things we need to do right now,” Unwin said. “We have to make sure that we build on each match. We have to make sure that we’re locked into our goal. I think we know together that we have a lot of confident and the talent to win. We just need to keep our heads up high and do our job to win each match.”