Panthers Overcome Seven Lakes, Roll to Fourth Round of Volleyball Playoffs

SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) – One year ago, the girls on Ridge Point’s volleyball team felt the dejection of losing to Katy Seven Lakes in the third round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Tuesday night, they threw off the demon of defeat at Wheeler Fieldhouse, knocking the Spartans out of the UIL’s statewide championship bracket in a see-saw match that went the full five games.

The Panthers now prepare for Friday’s matchup with George Ranch, which came back from a two-games-to-none deficit vs. Clear Springs, with hopes burning bright to go to the UIL State Tournament at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Nov. 14-17.

Ridge Point won 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 30-28, 19-25, 15-12). Ridge Point’s Skylar Fields, a Texas Longhorns commit and PrepVolleyball’s top-ranked high school player in the class of 2019, helped to end the Spartans’ season at 29-14 while improving the Panthers’ overall season record to 44-5.

Fields had 28 kills and four blocks. In the third game, with the match tied 1-1, Claire Jeter scored on a spike to break a 28-all tie, then Randee Hennings served an ace to clinch the game at 30-28. Hennings had six of the Panthers’ 11 aces in the match.

The Spartans took the fourth set, setting up a do-or-die fifth. Fields drilled four kills near the end of the decisive game, and the last two sealed it, 15-12.

Seven Lakes’ sophomore sensation Ally Batenhorst had 25 kills and three blocks.

Not only did the win avenge last year’s postseason defeat, it gave Ridge Point a 2-0 edge on the Spartans in 2018. The Panthers beat them 3-1 on Aug. 31.

Hear the radio broadcast of this volleyball match at https://www.spreaker.com/show/fort-bend-sports-powered-by-vype.