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Ridge Point has become one of the power programs in Houston. Over the past four seasons, the Panthers advanced to the UIL State Tournament in three of those (2021, 2019, 2018).
The State Semifinalists are led by fourth-year coach Lauryn Bailey, who will get coaching career win No. 100 this season and she has some solid pieces back.
The crew will be led by Colorado-commit Sydney Jordan, who was a first-team, all-district pick a year ago. Jordan led the team with 396 kills (2.9/set) and chipped in a third-best 490 digs. Mississippi State-commit Arissa Smith was named second-team, all-district after registering 187 kills and 85 blocks.
Other key returners include second team, all-district picks Josie Condrey and Lauren Battle, and honorable- mention selection Kennedi Rogers.
Watch out for Ava Thornquist at DS/Libero as well. The Panthers will have to find a setter to set up their big hitters in 2022.
Keys to success include “being mentally tough, working together, commanding the floor and positive communication” according to Bailey.
Hear that? It’s the thundering of the Mustangs stampeding into the 2022 season. Cypress Ranch is coming off a year where they went 39-4 overall, rolled through district play and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
This is a program that hasn’t been past the second round since 2014 ... that is eight years. But all streaks are meant to come to an end at some point.
Led by Texas A&M-commit Bianna Muoneke, who recorded an unbelievable 673 kills in 106 sets (6.3 kills/set), will lead the offense followed by sophomore Taylor Porter, who had 380 kills.
Taryn Gilreath had 259 kills. Tya Lynch led the defense at the net with 72 blocks. Defensively, they will have to replace Kailee Gims but Muoneke (390 digs) and Porter (324 digs) should fill in nicely.
Gilreath will be leaned on to operate the offense after recording 555 assists a year ago.