CYPRESS — Just like its fall sports brethren, the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s volleyball squads were split into two separate regions and districts by the University Interscholastic League this spring.
And just like the Highway 290 split for the football teams, the volleyball squads are split along the same roadway.
The districts are even numbered the same as their football counterparts: 14-6A and 17-6A.
The south of the border district, 14-6A, contains CFISD HS #12, Cy-Lakes, Cy-Park, Cy-Ranch, Cy-Springs, Langham Creek, along with non-CFISD schools Bryan and Tomball Memorial. These teams will see post-season play in Region II.
The northern district, 17-6A, contains Cy-Fair, Cy-Creek, Cy-Ridge, Cy-Falls and Jersey Village. The remaining schools are from Spring Branch ISD: Memorial, Northbrook, Spring Woods and Stratford. The northern teams will be routed into Region III for playoffs.
Pre-district play begins Tuesday for the CFISD teams. In addition to the usual Tuesday and Friday matches, of the four available varsity schedules, Cypress volleyball teams are playing in multiple tournaments such as the Conroe, Katy, Spring, Rosenberg Lamar and Volleypalooza tournaments to prepare for league action that begins Aug. 28.
Keen eyes will notice that CFISD starts the school year on Aug. 27. Therefore, when the Kindergartners are walking through the grammar school doors, the high school spikers will have been playing for almost an entire month.
Then there are two more months of league play before the top four teams must be decided for playoff seeding by Oct. 27.
In the span of three weeks, six single-elimination playoff matches will determine the Conference 6A state champion at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Nov. 15 and 16. The 6A matches would be the final competitions both days.
In the 2017 season, all four playoff slots were taken by CFISD teams: 1. Langham Creek, 2. Cy-Ranch, 3. Cy-Fair, 4. Cy-Woods. However, all four squads’ playoff dreams ended battling in the area championship round of the playoffs. Of note, the Cy-Ranch Lady Mustangs fell to eventual state title finalist Katy Seven Lakes in four games.