With last year's cancellation of SPC spring sports, the Episcopal softball program is hungrier than ever. The team has a perfect balance of returners and new faces that are bound to make an impact. Key factors that will determine the Knight's success this season will be the pitching dynamic and the versatile batting lineup the Knights have over other SPC teams.
The number one and number two pitchers, All-SPC LeAnn Dromgoole and Reese Barrett, create the perfect combination of speed and movement to throw off each and every batter. Though only Freshmen, Allie Williams and Townsen Thomas will be a driving force for this team, and are going to be players to keep an eye out for. Williams and Thomas are going to take over the outfield and the bases. Thomas being a triple-threat left-handed batter and Williams bringing the power from the right side, should make an unstoppable duo.
The Knights took on Second Baptist for their first scrimmage of the year on February 4th and Oak Ridge on the 11th. Due to the snowstorm in mid-February, the team's first tournament in Lexington was canceled. Regardless, It's all about getting ahead of the competition for this team as they participated in Clear Creek ISD's tournament from the 25th through the 27th, facing off against some of the city's best public school competition. The chase to a four-peat has officially begun.
It's a season of firsts for Episcopal's varsity volleyball team. The team is mostly comprised of seniors, ten to be exact. Four of those seniors are verbally committed to play at the collegiate level at Division I schools such as Mississippi State (Sania Petties), Cal State Fullerton (Hailey Black), and once Texas A&M now Howard University (Bria and Cimone Woodard). Not to mention one junior, Morgan Perkins, who is also verbally committed to Oklahoma University.
Of its six starters on the court, fans witness collegiate-level volleyball from these Knights. With such top-tier talent, the team's record at one point was a disappointing 0-5.
That's correct. The reigning SPC champions managed to start the season with five losses.
"It was bound to catch up to us," stated Cimone Woodard. "It's probably been the weakest start we've had since I've been here," said Lara Verstovsek.
With Covid-19 affecting practice time and scrimmages throughout the summer, it's made the 2020 season a difficult one. Scheduling has been quite the challenge too as the team has faced some top 5A & 6A schools with their own future collegians.
The team kicked off its season against 5A College Station and were swept 3-0. The team later took a tough loss to Fulshear 3-1. Competing with the greater Houston area's 6A competition for dual matches at Don Coleman Coliseum, the girls lost 3-2 to Memorial and 3-1 to George Ranch.
The unfortunate streak ended with a 3-2 loss to Concordia Lutheran before the girls picked up two wins against Fort Bend Christian Homeschool Athletics and Duchesne. The Episcopal team is looking to make the second half of the season more memorable than the first.