A season full of effort – by both coaches and student-athletes. A season full of travel – by teams, families and fans. This past weekend, a lot of tears – both of joy and of sorrow.
All of it leading up to this week.
Welcome to State Tournament Week for UIL volleyball.
To use a basketball term, it's Final Four time for 24 teams in the six UIL classifications – from small-town 1A up to the big-school Class 6A.
Here's some information and thoughts about this year's tournament and the results of each Regional Finals match, with some personal notes about Regionals Semifinals to follow:
Back (to defend their title)
Neches Lady Tigers (Class 1A)
Back (to add to their State Championship Trophy Case)
Round Top-Carmine (1A, 6 previous total Titles); Neches (1A, 1 Title); Water Valley (1A, 1 Title); Jewett Leon (2A, 10 Titles); Wink (2A, 2 Titles); Bushland (3A, 4 Titles); Hereford (4A, 5 Titles); Lovejoy (5A, 6 Titles); Friendswood (5A, 1 Title); Canyon Randall (5A, 1 Title);
Back Again (most appearances at State Tournament, including this year)
Jewett Leon (28th overall appearance, most of any program in UIL history)
Round Top-Carmine (21)
Dancing for the First Time at the State Tournament:
Fulshear (4A); Kennedale (4A); Alamo Heights (5A); Byron Nelson (6A); Schertz Clemens (6A)
How they got to State: The Regional Finals
6A volleyball regional finals:
REGION I: Byron Nelson d. Denton Guyer, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16
REGION II: Plano West d. Klein, 26-24, 25-15, 21-25, 25-18
REGION III: Ridge Point d. Cy-Fair, 25-17, 25-13, 25-19
REGION IV: Schertz Clemens d. SA Clark, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15
5A volleyball regional finals:
REGION I: Canyon Randall d. Amarillo, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16
REGION II: Lovejoy d. Highland Park, 25-20, 25-14, 25-17
REGION III: Friendswood d. Manvel, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 26-24
REGION IV: SA Alamo Heights d. Dripping Springs, 25-12, 25-22, 25-21
4A volleyball regional finals:
REGION I: Hereford d. Krum, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16
REGION II: Kennedale d. Celina, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25
REGION III: Carthage d. Midlothian Heritage, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23
REGION IV: Fulshear d. Caldwell, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
3A volleyball regional finals:
REGION I: Bushland d. Boyd 25-22, 26-24, 25-15
REGION II: Van Alstyne d. Gunter
REGION III: West Lexington
REGION IV: Industrial d. Goliad 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-13
2A volleyball regional finals:
REGION I: Wink d. Miles 25-20, 25-18, 25-17
REGION II: Crawford d. Lindsay 25-22, 25-13, 25-17
REGION III: Jewett Leon d. Iola 25-14, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 18-16
REGION IV: Burton d. Thrall, 25-22, 25-15, 15-25, 25-19
1A volleyball regional finals:
REGION I: Water Valley d. Bronte, 25-19, 25-11, 23-25, 19-25, 18-16
REGION II: Blum d. Abbott 25-16, 25-16, 26-24
REGION III: Neches d. Miller Grove 25-9, 25-20, 25-19
REGION IV: Round Top-Carmine d. Fayetteville
No. 1 upset was Klein defeating Prosper (3-2)
No. 2 upset was Alamo Heights beating CC Flour Bluff (3-0)
*Plano West sweeping The Woodlands
*Ridge Point sweeping Dawson
*Hereford sweeping Argyle (4A)
*Friendswood defeating Rouse
*Gunter sweeping Tatum (3A)
*Iola sweeping Beckville (2A)
For the first time in over a decade, the Mustangs have advanced to Round 2 of the postseason. Lamar Consolidated last moved on in 2007, when they won the football state championship in Class 4A.
Lindale scored almost immediately in the first quarter. Lamar Consolidated got on the board shortly after Lindale with a touchdown from sophomore Rayshawn Glover with 6:06 left to go.
The Lindale Eagles led the Mustangs through the first, second and third quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, the score was 43-41 with Lamar Consolidated trailing Lindale by just two points.
In a shocking turn of events, the Mustangs scored a game winning touchdown with just 35 seconds left on the clock and kicker Jose Ortiz made the extra point to put the Mustangs on top.
In the thriller of a game at Traylor Stadium, Lamar Consolidated won and sent the Lindale Eagles packing with a final score of 48-43.
On Friday, Lamar Consolidated (9-2) will host the perfect Manvel Mavericks (11-0) in the area round of Conference 5A Division II Playoffs.