The way things have gone for them over the last four seasons, the Ridge Point Panthers’ volleyball team may as well reserve a ticket to Garland for the state tournament at the beginning of every season.
The Lady Panthers are headed back to the Class 6A state tournament for the third time in the last four years after defeating Pearland Dawson 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24) on Friday and taking down Katy 3-1 (25-20,25-22, 23-25, 25-18) on Saturday to earn a spot.
Outside hitter Nina Moorer had 10 kills in both matches for Ridge Point (38-10), who will face Keller (31-12) in the state semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Sydney Jordan had 13 kills against Pearland Dawson, while Kennedi Rogers had 13 kills to pace the Lady Panthers against Katy.
Four players had double-digit digs against Dawson led by Moorer and Nylah Raspberry with 18 apiece, while Jordan had 13 and Lauren Battle racked up 12 of her own. Moorer and Raspberry led the way again on Saturday against Katy with 20 digs each, and Jordan and Josie Condrey each added 12 apiece.
To polish off a well-rounded weekend, Moorer also had a team-best seven blocked shots over the two matches.