Local volleyball teams compete at the 2016 Adidas Texas Invitational


PEARLAND — Pearland head coach John Turner has done an incredible job in fulfilling his vision of hosting the largest high school volleyball tournament in the nation as 80 teams invaded Pearland over a three-day span vying for the title of the prestigious Adidas Texas Invitational.

The four area teams that competed for the title did a great job in competing against some of the top talent in the state.

Dawson finished the highest out of the area teams including Pearland, Friendswood, and Manvel.

The Lady Eagles placed 10th out of the 80 teams compiling a 6-2 overall mark.

Dawson beat Lake Highlands (25-18, 25-20), Texas City (25-15, 25-18), Houston Christian (27-25, 25-13), College Park (25-16, 20-25, 25-10), and Pearland (17-25, 25-22, 25-18).

They fell to state-powers Amarillo (25-23, 25-21) and Clear Creek (25-18, 21-25, 25-17) in matches that could have gone either way.

"I couldn’t be more happy with how we played,” Lady Eagles head coach Jason Karim said. “To go 6-2 and finish 10th in this tournament is unbelievable with the quality of teams out here.

“That’s something to be proud of. Overall this tournament is a great start to have as a baseline.”

Not too far behind was host Pearland who finished in 12th place with a 5-2 mark.

The Lady Oilers beat Nederland (25-5, 25-18), John Cooper (25-14, 25-15), Colleyville Heritage (25-15, 25-22), Bellaire (23-25, 25-14, 25-15), and Rouse (25-15, 25-20).

Pearland fell to SA Reagan (25-22, 25-16) and cross-town rival Dawson (17-25, 25-22, 25-18).

"We improved every game – that’s what I liked,” Pearland head coach John Turner said. “Our ball control is getting better, and we’re playing good defense.

“Our serving has been really good, and it’s allowed us to take teams out of system. That gives us a chance to play defense, which we love to do.”

Friendswood finished in 25th place with a 6-2 record.

The Lady Mustangs got wins over St. Agnes (25-17, 25-19), Granbury (25-22, 25-17), Highland Park (23-25, 25-21, 25-21), Clear Falls (25-15, 24-26, 25-20), 2015 5A state semifinals George Ranch (25-12, 25-8), and New Braunfels (25-18, 25-19).

Friendswood fell to Bishop Lynch (25-22, 22-25, 25-22) and Oklahoma state-power Jenks (21-25, 25-21, 25-22) in two very close matches.

Manvel posted a 4-4 mark to finish in 62nd place in the tournament.

The Lady Mavs posted wins over St. Thomas Episcopal (25-12, 25-16), Veterans Memorial (25-13, 21-25, 25-19), Texas City (25-12, 25-10), and Trinity Christian (23-25, 25-15, 28-26).

Manvel came up short against George Ranch (25-22, 25-23), Prosper (25-17, 25-10), Rockwall (25-12, 25-10), and Granbury (25-23, 19-25, 25-20).