FORT WORTH — Midlothian High School notched another win in the record books and extended its volleyball winning streak Tuesday night, beating Arlington Heights High School 3-1 in four sets at AHHS Gymnasium.
It was the (10-9) Lady Panthers fourth consecutive win since beating J.J. Pearce High School during the final day of the Northwest ISD Invitational Tournament.
Midlothian went 0-3 to start the tournament, falling to Mansfield, Flower Mound Marcus, and Prosper High Schools after winning one out of seven sets. They split games against Richardson (25-17, 25-17) and Ursuline (21-25, 25-23, 18-25) High Schools in the finale.
Behind six or more kills from three different players and at least nine assists from two others, Midlothian took the match against Arlington Heights’ Lady Yellowjackets 25-19, 25-13 and 25-14. Midlothian has allowed 19 or fewer points in six of its last 10 sets.
The Lady Panthers were led in aces, assists, digs, and kills by senior outside hitter Sydney Little (8 kills, 11 digs) and senior setter Kamryn Owen (16 assists, 4 aces) and junior outside hitter Kelby Buchanan (9 digs, 5 aces).
Freshman setter Aryn Walton added nine assists and sophomore outside hitter Kalie Vasil chipped in seven kills — tied with junior hitter Samantha Rodgers for second on the team. Junior middle blocker Aliyah Muhammad scored four slams during the match.
Midlothian will look to continue its winning trend when the team travels to Trinity High School to compete in the Trinity Double T Varsity Volleyball Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Last season, Midlothian finished the tournament with five wins and one loss after beating Abilene, Duncanville, Haltom, Irving, and Wichita Falls High Schools by a combined 15-1 margin. Its only defeat came against Trinity’s Lady Trojans, a competitor in the UIL District 5-6A.
The Lady Panthers’ last loss this season — a 25-18 and 25-19 finish — came at the collective hands of Ellis County rival Red Oak High School during the NISD Tournament’s second day.
Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.