MIDLOTHIAN — The Lady Panthers are not only quickly establishing themselves as one of the best teams in District 10-5A, but they are also proving themselves to be playoff contenders.
Midlothian High School (20-11) scored a pair of volleyball victories against Mansfield Lake Ridge and Timberview High Schools, shutting the latter out in three sets Friday at MHS Arena.
The Lady Panthers used standout performances by Sydney Little, Samantha Rodgers, Kamryn Owen and Emmalee Lowe to down the Lady Wolves 25-16, 25-20 and 25-18.
Little (12 kills, 1 block, and 13 digs) and Owen (2 aces, 1 kill, 29 assists, and 7 digs) led all players in kills and assists and Rodgers added nine kills and two blocks and Lowe closed the match with 15 digs.
It was the second consecutive game Little posted a double-double and Owen had 25 or more assists. Against Mansfield Lake Ridge, Little had 26 kills and 19 digs and Owen recorded a double-double of 50 assists and 14 digs.
Rodgers added 12 kills, Lowe led with 21 digs and Aliyah Muhammad chipped in a game-high six blocks.
The win was also Midlothian's third consecutive since falling to Waxahachie High School in four sets on Sept. 13. They are now tied with Mansfield Legacy High School for second in the district behind the first place Lady Indians.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to face Head Coach Linda Alfaro and Mansfield Summit High School (12-14 overall, 2-4 in District 10-5A) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, after press time. The Lady Jaguars have lost three games in a row to Waxahachie, Red Oak and Mansfield Lake Ridge High Schools, winning only one set in the last 10.