The hope for the Highland Park volleyball team was that a rigid nondistrict schedule would prepare them for the rigors of the Lady Scots’ first season at the 6A classification.
On Friday, HP can begin to see if that strategy paid off when the Lady Scots host Richardson Berkner in their District 10-6A opener.
HP (15-10) enters district play without much momentum after consecutive losses to Rockwall-Heath and Southlake Carroll, both in four sets. Heath rallied past the Lady Scots last Friday (24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16), while Carroll proved its status as a state-title contender on Tuesday (25-19, 25-15, 29-31, 25-12).
However, HP has competed favorably for years against schools with larger enrollments, and its new district isn’t loaded with perennial powerhouses.
While five of the seven other 10-6A teams qualified for the postseason in 2013 — including a district title for Richardson Pearce — none of the five won a playoff match.
As for this season, outside of HP, only Pearce and Mesquite Horn have winning records entering league play. Horn will visit the Lady Scots on Tuesday.