Volleyball: K-Park sweeps A&M Consolidated, advances to regional tournament
CYPRESS - Yates Baker has enjoyed her senior season with her teammates at Kingwood Park.
Barker and the Lady Panthers have built bonds through the season and the playoffs have brought them more together and helped the team make a deep playoff run.
K-Park was ready for their next challenge in the playoffs taking on A&M Consolidated on Tuesday night.
“We had a lot of confidence going into the game,” Baker said. “We prepared really well and worked great as a team.”
Barker had eight kills, 10 digs and one assists as K-Park swept the Lady Tigers 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals match at the Cy Woods Wildcats gym.
With the win the Lady Panthers (36-11) advance to the Region III-5A tournament this weekend at the Delmar Fieldhouse.
K-Park will play the winner between Richmond Foster-Sante Fe regional quarterfinal match at 5 p.m. Friday at the Delmar Fieldhouse in a Region III-5A semifinal match.
It is the second-straight season K-Park has advanced to the regional tournament under head coach Kelly Miser.
“We’ve worked really hard,” Miser said. “The girls have committed. From the beginning of the year we had the goal of taking it one step further and getting to the state tournament. We know we can do it. It’s a matter of them believing in themselves.”
The Lady Panthers faced adversity in the second set.
K-Park found itself down by two points, 19-17, but the Lady Panthers fought back.
K-Park would finfish the set on a 9-4 run with a kill from Alia Williams to seal the set.
“It should prove to them that no matter the situation, that the only that moment that matters is the present moment,” Miser said. We have to take it one ball at a time and one play at a time to fight our way back in. We’re never out until we’re out.”
The Lady Panthers protected the net and had 13 blocks as a team.
Sophomore middle blocker Erika Williams, who had eight kills and six blocks, believes the front row was successful against the Lady Tigers
“We always have really good energy, and I think it helps our game the most,” Erika Williams said. “We’re really good at communication off and on the net. Our back row also helps us with that too. I think the communication is really the key.”
Senior setter Andie Unwin had 23 assists and six digs for the Lady Panthers. Katey Searcy added 12 digs, three kills and on block for the Lady Panthers.
K-Park dominated in the third set and never looked back.
Miser liked the focus and determination from the Lady Panthers in the final set.
“That was more of our team,” Miser said. “We got the nerves out after the shaky second set. That third set is the team that I know that we can be moving forward.”