The Midlothian volleyball team wrapped up a very strong first half of district last week with a win and a loss.

First, the Lady Panthers blew out South Grand Prairie 25-19, 25-14, 25-5.

Midlothian got a battle from South Grand Prairie in set one, but pulled out a win with a score of 25-19 with Morgan Griffin serving 12 tough serves to seal the win.†

In set two, the Lady Panthers came out with a strong offense and a more secure block and won 25-14.†

The Panthers wasted no time in set three thanks to Tarin Mergenerís 12 strong serves and won the set 25-5.

Mergener and Meagan Jones each had six kills to lead the team. Mergener also had 12 digs. Jones also contributed five blocks.

Madison Savage had five kills. Griffin and Bailey Fry each had four aces.

Ashton Rawlings led the team with 16 assists and Keaton Shirk added 14.

On Friday, the volleyball traveled to Mansfield Timberview to compete against the Timberwolves, the districtís second-place team. Midlothian put up a strong fight, but lost 20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-19.

The Panthers came out strong in game one to take it. In sets two and three, the Lady Panthers struggled defensively and lost both.†

In set four, Midlothian fought hard, but didnít quite have enough to keep up with Timberview.

Mergener had 11 kills and Jones had 10. Rawlings dished out 22 assists. Fry led the defense with 16 digs and Griffin had three blocks.

Midlothian finished the first half of district with a (5-2) record in 7-5A. Mansfield (7-0) and Timberview (5-2) are the only two teams ahead of Midlothian going into the second half. The Lady Panthers have a two-game lead on the districtís fifth-place team, Cedar Hill with seven games left on the schedule.†

If the Lady Panthers beat Cedar Hill this week, they will have a three-game lead with six matches to go, plus will have the tiebreaker. That basically means that if Midlothian wins two more matches the rest of the season, they will make the playoffs.

Midlothian will be back in action Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the district leaders, Mansfield.