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The Woodlands HS Looking For Deep Playoff Run

October 29, 2012
EHSN Sports

Volleyball: Playoffs begin Tuesday

Published 10/28/2012 | By Glenn Sattell, Sports Editor

The Woodlands High school volleyball team is looking forward to an extended run through the postseason.

The District 14-5A champion Lady Highlanders, ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 5A with a record of 31-2, begin that trek at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Klein High School where they’ll meet the hosting Lady Bearkats, fourth-place representative from District 13-5A.

Closer to home, the College Park High School volleyball team, which finished third in District 14-5A, will host District 13-5A runner-up Klein Oak in its playoff opener while the Oak Ridge High School volleyball team (13-5A fourth-place representative) takes on 13-5A champion Kingwood at Caney Creek High School.

Both of those playoff openers are slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday as well.

“We are so excited about playoffs,” said Lady Highlanders’ standout Maddie Slater. “Our goal is state. We all have it in our calendars.”

The Lady Highlanders, who swept all 12 district opponents for the first time in program history and went undefeated in league play for only the second time, appear ready for that challenge.

“We still have things that we can work on but as a group our chemistry is good,” Lady Highlanders coach Leslie Madison said. “Each player is pretty solid and for the most part pretty consistent. So that’s a good foundation going into the playoffs.”

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles face a tall task, going up against former district foes from Kingwood.

“They are very tough,” Oak Ridge coach Tommie Sledge said of the Lady Mustangs, who were unbeaten in 13-5A play this season. “I feel like their district is not as strong as ours. So their (undefeated) district record does not intimidate us. Anybody that’s come from that district in the past, we’ve competed against – one through four.”

Sledge added that while she respects the program at Kingwood, she expects the Lady War Eagles to put up a good fight.

“Kingwood is a very good team,” she said. “They beat us in the past when they were in our district. They are a solid program. But I do feel like we’re going to compete.

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