Highland Park easily cleared the first hurdle in the Class 5A Region II volleyball playoffs on Tuesday.
The Lady Scots were never challenged in sweeping Cleburne, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16, in a bi-district match at Midlothian Heritage.
Emily Hellmuth and Sydney Breon were the offensive leaders for HP, which advances to meet Hallsville in the area round at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Athens.
The Lady Scots (37-6) bounced back from a four-set loss to Class 6A power Haslet Eaton in a playoff warmup match on Friday, which snapped a 17-match winning streak. However, HP was in fine form on Tuesday with its 17th sweep in the past 19 outings.
Hallsville outlasted Whitehouse in five sets in its bi-district match. The Ladycats (24-11) tied for second place in District 15-5A during the regular season.
The winner of Thursday’s match will advance to play either Midlothian or Marshall next week in the regional quarterfinals. Midlothian eliminated HP in the same round a year ago.