UIL STATE SEMIFINALS PREVIEW: Celina vs. Needville volleyball
The Celina Lady Bobcats started their season leading the VYPE DFW 1A-4A Volleyball rankings. Taking all expectations set for them and running, the Lady Bobcats have not disappointed this season. Celina has worked hard every second of the season and now finds themselves only one game away from a State Title match. The only team standing between them and the state finale? Needville. Before the first serve goes over the net, though, let's take a look at what fans should expect in this semifinal pairing.
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Celina Bobcats (41-1, 12-0)
Celina has posted an incredible season. The Lady Bobcats went undefeated (12-0) in district play while posting only one loss the entire season with a 41-1 overall record. Their only loss came against an extremely competitive Gunter squad who finds themselves in the UIL Class 3A title game.
The defense has played outstandingly as the Lady Bobcats have lost only nine sets the entire season. Of Celina's 41 wins, 36 of them have been complete sweeps. Coming into the state semis on a 20-game win-streak definitely has the Bobcats ready to show everything they have on the court. Not only has the defense played incredible, but this Bobcats offense has proven to be nearly unstoppable the entire season. Fans can expect to see a strong Lady Bobcats squad that is ready to advance.
Needville Bluejays (33-12, 12-0)
Needville has posted a great season so far finishing at the top of their district with an undefeated district record (12-0). Posting big wins over the likes of Dobie, Cypress Lakes, Huntsville, and more, the Bluejays shouldn't be counted out as they enter the State Semifinals.
Needville has strong athletes who play great on both the front and back rows. Fans can expect to see the team come out ready to put up a fight in order to do everything they can to advance to the state championship match. With a great group of seniors, the team is poised and ready to show just what kind of muscle they have on the court.
What to Expect:
Needville is a strong team and will be one of the toughest opponents Celina has seen all season. Celina will need to go into this match without getting too far ahead of themselves or too into their own heads about it. Both teams are going to come out fast-paced and attempt to stay neck-and-neck in scoring. Celina has what it takes to take down Needville, but they will need to stay on their toes and energized to complete the win.