FRIENDSWOOD — In her first game at the helm of the back-to-back Region III-4A champions, new Lady Mustangs head coach Kylie Kerlin found out there will be lots of work to do to get Friendswood back to state.
A young Lady Mustangs squad showed some early season rust Tuesday, losing their opener, 3-0, to a tough Fort Bend Ridge Point squad.
The Lady ’Stangs were done in by some momentum-killing errors in each of the three games, which Friendswood lost, 25-16, 25-23 and 25-18.
“It’s hard to get any momentum going after you have a momentum-shifting play, and then you go back and you serve it into the net or you serve it out,” Kerlin said.
Sophomore Kelly Colwell had a team-high 12 kills and added 11 digs for Friendswood. Junior Sarah Thomas led Friendswood in assists with 25 and also had 11 digs. Senior Nadia Posluszny had three blocks for the Lady ‘Stangs.
Friendswood jumped out to strong starts in the first two games of the match, taking 5-0 leads in each.
The first game saw Ridge Point respond with a 7-1 run to take the lead. The Lady ’Stangs were never able to regain a lead as Ridge Point pulled away for the 25-16 victory.
In the second game, Friendswood was able to take its early lead and extend it to an 8-2 score, but the Lady Panthers steadily chipped away at the margin. Ridge Point outscored Friendswood 8-3 to tie it up.
Friendswood would not crumble in Game 2 and fought back for an 18-14 advantage. Ridge Point, though, mounted a 6-1 run to take its first lead of the game. The two teams traded points from there, but the Lady Panthers scored the final two of the game for the 25-23 win.
“We had a hard time keeping the ball, keeping the momentum, and I think that’s something we’re going to work on in practice,” Kerlin said. “Like in Game 2, we should’ve won that. We should’ve taken Game 2 off of them, at least.”
The final game saw Friendswood fall into a 1-4 hole early, and a 3-4 score would be as close as they would come in the 25-18 finale.
Kerlin said her players have the ability to play better, it will just take time for the new crop of players to get adjusted to playing together.
“It’s fixable, and we’ll keep chipping away,” Kerlin said.
The Lady ’Stangs will look to work out their early kinks against teams from across the state in the massive 87-team Pearland Tournament running Thursday through Saturday.