THE INSPIRING RUN of Texas City’s volleyball team came to an end on Saturday as the Stingarees were eliminated from state title contention by District 22-5A rival Friendswood, which swept the Stings in a Region III quarterfinal match.
Texas City held leads in each of the three sets but were unable to get past the defending regional champions, who advanced to play College Station in a regional semifinal match on Tuesday night. A win for Friendswood advances the Mustangs to the regional final, where they would face the winners of the Magnolia-Fulshear match, with the winners of that match heading to the state’s final four, which will be held next week.
Despite the loss, the Stings had no reason to hold their head down, as coach Glenn Kennedy has rapidly turned the program into one that has won its first three postseason matches over the past two years while also moving them closer to being on the level with a Friendswood squad that defeated them three times ths season.
Friendswood was joined in the regional semifinals by Clear Springs, who rallied from an 0-2 deficit to topple Deer Park in a five-set thriller on Saturday. The Chargers squared off against Katy in the 6A, Region III semifinal match at HISD Pavilion on Monday with the chance to reach the regional finals and play the winners of the Seven Lakes-Dawson match, which was also played on Monday.