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The J.J. Pearce Mustangs Volleyball team is returning to the 6A II semifinals, or the fourth round of the playoffs of the state championship this weekend.   

In what has proved to be a successful and highly competitive season, the Pearce Mustangs, along with two other schools from 10-6A, Lake Highlands and Highland Park, made it to round three of the playoffs.

The Mustangs had early wins against Plano Senior High School and Sachse High School, to earn the right to face their 10-6A rival, the Wildcats.

The Mustangs, down two sets to the Lake Highlands Wildcats, rallied to take the Regional Quarter Finals  in five sets, with scores of 24-26, 16-25, 25-7, 25-22, 15-13 on Tuesday night, at Berkner High School, the neutral site chosen for the match.

The Mustangs face the Woodlands Highlanders at 4:30pm on Friday, at the Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Sam Houston State in Huntsville. This is a rematch from the 2014 6A II semifinals, were it took four sets for the Highlanders to overcome the Mustangs and advance.  The Highlanders went on to win the state title.   The winner of this year’s 6A II semifinals will play in the Regional Final match on Saturday, November 14th.

Senior Mimi Richards signed her Division 1 Letter of Intent on Wednesday, National Signing Day, to play for the Bucknell Bison at Lewisburg Pennsylvania, and will compete in the Patriot League.

Starters for the Mustangs are: Kendall Goss, Laura Lee Young, Mimi Richards, Brenna Holley, Annie Frances Sullivan, Abby Barnett, Lexi Durant, and Kim Dawson.

The 2015-2016 Varsity team members are: Jordan Henderson, Kimberly Dawson, Meg Bartnik, Lindsay Goltz, Laura Felix, Annie Frances Sullivan, Lexi Durant, Brenna Holley, Taylor Henigsman, Lauren Miller, Kendall Goss, Annika Slovak, Abby Barnett, Laura Lee Young, Mimi Richards, and Jessica Mikulewicz.  The Mustangs’ team manager is Abbey McDougal.  The Head Coach for the Mustangs is Jennifer Nance. 

For more information on the JJ Pearce Mustangs Volleyball team, go to www.pearcevolleyball.com

For more information about Pearce Athletics, please go to www.pearceathletics.org