Cedar Park showed it knows how to rally on Tuesday night.
The Lady Timberwolves can from behind to win the final three sets, beating Cedar Creek 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-23, 27-25) at home. They have won eight of their last nine matches and finished with a 6-2 record at LISD Volleypalooza last weekend.
“Where we really pulled away tonight is we really got our middles involved,” Cedar Park head coach Rachel Altman said. “Both teams are pretty heavy outside teams and we were able to get our middles involved more and that's what gave us our edge.”
The Lady Timberwolves (19-12, 3-0 District 19-5A) are still undefeated in district play, good for sole possession of second place behind state No. 1 Rouse (31-3, 4-0 District 19-5A), which handed Georgetown its first loss with a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday night.
Cedar Park started the first set strong, getting out to a 9-5 lead. But the Lady Eagle fought back to take their first lead at 17-16. The teams were tied four times in the last few points before Cedar Creek won the final two points.
Cedar Creek rushed out to a 7-2 lead in the second set before Cedar Park cut the lead to one point late in the set and won the final two points to even the contest.
The Lady Eagles again got out to a lead in both the third and fourth sets.
The Lady Timberwolves scored two straight points to tie the third set late and force a Cedar Creek timeout before finishings strong. They won six of seven points to tie the fourth set at 15 and again had to come from behind again, taking seven of the final nine points to win the match.
“It’s something we’ve been working on from the very beginning,” Altman said. “The positive is we would’ve dropped a lot of those sets. We have been showing some growth in it, but it’s one of our issues is slow starts in every set.”
Cedar Park closes out the week on Friday with a home match against Bastrop before going to Georgetown for back-to-back games against the Lady Eagles and East View Lady Patriots next week.
The first edition rivalry game against Rouse, the top two teams from district play a year ago is on Friday, Sept. 22 at Cedar Park and the two teams close out the regular season at Rouse on Nov. 24.
Those games are still well in the future for the Lady Timberwolves. Altman said from the start of the season to now, she likes the strides her team has made.
“The girls are getting stronger,” she said. “Before, if you push on them, they’d take themselves out of the set. Right now, they’re showing they can finish the set even if they’re getting pushed. They’re having their moments, but they’re battling back pretty well right now.”