By Dr. David Davis
While the Friendswood Lady Mustangs didn’t finish the state tournament with their desired result, the appearance in the state’s final four marks a long journey to be back among the Class 5A elite.
“We got Friendswood volleyball back on the map, back where it belongs,” Friendswood head coach Sarah Paulk said.
In Friday’s Class 5A state semifinal match at the Curtis Culwell Center, inconsistent play proved costly for the Lady Mustangs, as they were topped by the Lucas Lovejoy Lady Leopards by the scores of 25-15, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-22.
“It was us,” said Paulk, who also acknowledged Lovejoy as a great team. “When we were playing our game and when we were doing our things, we did well, and we were successful. They were very consistent the whole time. We were the team that was up and down.”
The Lady Mustangs went a perfect 14-0 in district this season and they began their journey through the playoffs to win the 5A Region III tournament that sent them to the state tournament.
“This group of seniors is my first class when I came here, and … to get Friendswood back with that group is pretty special,” Friendswood head coach Sarah Paulk said. “We’ve talked about it since they got here, but to actually do it and get the win and get there is pretty awesome.”
The Lady Mustangs have been to the state volleyball tournament in 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 20012, 1013, and now 2019.
Lovejoy went on to win the 2019 Class 5A state title over Canyon Randall 3-0.
Named to the 5A State All-Tournament team for Friendswood was junior Ashlyn Svoboda.