Cedar Park started the second half of district play by putting the pedal to the metal.
The Lady Timberwolves swept Glenn 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-14) at home on Tuesday night, their eighth sweep in the last nine games. Other than a short time to start the first set, Cedar Park led every step of the way.
“I think we’re starting matches stronger,” senior Ryan Kuharski said. “We used to ease into it and start slow, but I think now we’re playing with a little more urgency. After the first round of district play, we definitely improved and I think it showed in the score.”
Jaelyn Grimm and Kaitlin Davis led Cedar Park with nine kills apiece while Shelby Epley and Abbi Lemmond both had eight. Kennedi Lemmond had nine digs and Kuharski added eight. Olivia Meyer had 31 assists and the Lady Timberwolves combined for eight blocks.
Sydney Carvajal paced Glenn with seven kills, Olivia Langdon had nine digs and Emily Marchell had 17 assists. Chloe Coffee and Abi Cox each had a block for the Lady Grizzlies.
“We understand where we need to be to compete against a team like that,” Glenn head coach Ashley Foster said. “They’re a good team and we respect that. We just need to understand that we need to be aggressive and little things matter. We’re still learning and I hope we continue to learn from games like that.”
Glenn got out an early lead in the first set and held a two-point advantage until midway through the frame. Cedar Park took the lead with three straight points to push the set to 14-12 and never gave up the lead.
A couple blocks helped the Lady Timberwolves jump out to a five-point lead in the second set and they extended their lead to 11 before finishing it out by winning five of the final six points.
The Lady Grizzlies didn’t fall behind as quickly in the third set, but Cedar Park never slowed down.
“We need to improve on service errors,” Kuharski said. “We had a lot of them tonight and that’s the biggest part of our game we need to pick up.”
The win moves the Lady Timberwolves to 6-1 in District 17-5A, one game behind Rouse, the only team to beat them in the first round of district play. Glenn (3-3) entered the game in a three-way tie for third place and is still fighting for a playoff spot in their first season in Class 5A.
“They have a lot of confidence,” Foster said. “This is our first year with seniors and those seniors have a lot of pride. I respect them a lot for that. They’re taking that role seriously and they want to make a run to the playoffs. They want to step into 5A and make the playoffs.”
Cedar Park is on the road against Weiss, while Glenn travels to take on Pflugerville on Friday night.
“I think we have a good level of confidence right now,” Kuharski said.