Photo: Craig Moseley, Staff / Houston Chronicle
With nine teams, District 24-5A has one of the longer schedules in the Houston area. Eight matches remain, but Foster is halfway to repeating last year’s perfect district championship.
The Falcons swept Angleton and Terry to improve to 8-0, standing alone in first place in 24-5A. Manvel is one match behind at 7-1, but Foster earned the initial head-to-head edge with a 21-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-13 triumph Sept. 14.
Catherine Krieger led the Falcons in kills against Manvel and followed with 13 against Angleton in a 25-13, 25-10, 25-10 sweep. Ainsley Suttle and Lauren Richardson contributed four kills, with Richardson adding four blocks. Briana Creery (13 assists) and Lauren Sulak (8 digs) were among the statistical leaders.
Richardson (12 kills) and Suttle (7 kills) led the offense in a 25-12, 25-20, 25-12 victory against Terry, as Krieger and Sulak both made 14 digs. Creery added 16 assists, with Ashley Isbell recording 10 assists and two aces.
The Falcons improved to 25-7 and were ranked No. 5 among area Class 4A, 5A and private schools by the Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association. They open the second round of the 24-5A schedule Sept. 25 against Lamar Consolidated.
Foster seeks at least a share of its third straight district championship, including a 14-0 mark last year.
Lamar Consolidated ISD still has a chance to get all five teams in the playoffs. LCHS, which stands fifth in 24-5A entering the second round, took a step forward with a rivalry win against Terry. The Mustangs prevailed in three competitive sets 29-27, 25-22, 25-22.
RIDGE POINT, FBCA RANKED NO. 1
The Ridge Point and Fort Bend Christian Academy volleyball teams entered the week ranked No. 1 in their respective classes. The Panthers maintained the top spot in UIL Class 6A in the GHVCA poll, while FBCA ascended to the front of the TAPPS Division II rankings, voted on by coaches in the organization. Fort Bend area rankings included No. 17 George Ranch in 6A and No. 2 Needville in the 4A/5A/Private poll.
Ridge Point lost its first set of the month Sept. 18 but rallied to defeat Travis 23-25, 25-10, 25-13, 25-18. Skylar Fields (14), Claire Jeter (10) and Reagan Rutherford (10) all reached double figures in kills, with Lindsey Ogle adding seven and Alana Latin five.
Kendall Sekula served five aces with a team-high 29 assists. Reagan Rutherford tallied 21 assists, while Nia McCardell (28 digs) and Britney Ong (17) led the back defense. The Panthers followed with a 25-16, 25-10, 25-12 sweep of Elkins.
Travis bounced back to sweep Clements 25-14, 25-13, 26-24, improving to 4-1 in 20-6A. Audrey Phillips (10 kills) and Madysin Leighton (8) led the offense, with Kennadie Sellers recording a team-high four aces and 21 digs. Faith Montgomery set 15 assists.
FBCA closed the week on a four-match winning streak, including district sweeps of Cypress Christian and Second Baptist to improve to 6-0 in league play. The Eagles are 16-8-3 overall, including an early five-match winning streak against Lubbock Christian, Rockwall Heritage, Midland Classical, San Antonio Holy Cross and St. Pius X.
They have yet to lose a district set and will face second-place Lutheran South on Sept. 25 before a Sept. 27 home match against Emery/Weiner.