College Park Rallies on the Court to Win District Opener against Grand Oaks

By: Woodlands Online Sports Staff
| Published 09/22/2021


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- After a long non-district season full of area games as well as tournaments, it’s finally time to start the “real” district season. Tuesday night was a matchup against the young Grand Oaks Lady Grizzlies and the well-established College Park Lady Cavaliers. This match-up was a high intensity, high skill and evenly matched district opener.

The Lady Cavaliers were the home team, so the Lady Grizzlies had to make sure to come out in the beginning and push the momentum of each set. They established the lead in every set but unfortunately, they could not shake off the Lady Cavaliers from coming back and going point for point.

In the first set we saw Grand Oaks come out and absolutely dominate the first half of the set but then College Park began to get into rhythm and make a comeback. From then on, the teams went point for point making this the longest set of the match. Since the rules are to win by 2, they fought for the advantage to finally close out set 1. This went on past the final score and we saw huge rallies between the 2 teams. Finally, College Park gained the lead and went on win the first set 31-29.

The first set was a foreshadowing into the rest of the match and set the pace for the remainder of the game. Both teams pushed down on the peddle and didn’t let up until the game was over. This wasn’t a matter of skill or a matter of talent, it came down to where the ball landed and little errors. The Lady Cavaliers came together and made some huge defensive stops against Grand Oaks creating huge rally situations. Grand Oaks flaw was trying to close out the hard fighting Lady Cavs.

“I thought we played well up until point 21/22.” Said coach Morgan Rogers of the Grand Oaks Lady Grizzlies. She continued, “you know, mentally, we kind of checked out there, then got comfortable with the leads in all three sets.”

Each set went the distance and 2 out of the 3 went to extra points switching advantage every point. When asked about the game Coach Gibson, of the Lady Cavaliers said, “That was awesome. I mean it truly was a great game. Both teams played lights out tonight.”

As the Lady Cavaliers finished the final set, it was evident that both teams played hard but there were some improvements they need to make for their next match ups.

Coach Gibson said, the team played great but, “[We] need to come out more aggressive in the first 5 points, just really focus on getting ahead in those first five to seven points and not playing from behind each set.

College Park is set to face Willis at home this Friday and Grand Oaks is set to face Conroe at home as well on Friday

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