26 up. 26 down.
With a 3-0 sweep over Lamar Fulshear in the UIL Conference 5A Volleyball State Championship game, the Lucas Lovejoy Leopards completed an unblemished season with a 26-0 record. Lovejoy has won 46 consecutive matches after ending the 2019 season with 20-straight victories for the 2019 state title.
The Leopards closed out the season with a 14-set win streak having lost only two sets all season. Lovejoy went head to head with Fulshear who - until Saturday afternoon - had not lost a set in a UIL State semifinal or final. The 2019 Class 4A state champions fought hard against a dominating Lovejoy team.
Fulshear, though, was outmatched in the first two sets dropping 25-14 in set one and 25-17 in set two. The third set saw a much more competitive Fulshear squad as they rallied to tie the set - even taking the lead at one point. Lovejoy, however, was not going to be denied and finished the game with a 25-22 victory in set three to close out the match against the Chargers.
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With the win, Lovejoy claimed its incredible 8th program state title in 14 seasons. Lovejoy has continued the streak of Dallas-area teams winning the 5A state title with a 7th consecutive win by a Dallas-area team. Lovejoy also becomes the 19th state champion in UIL history to finish a season completely undefeated. The last time a team finished undefeated was in 2013 when The Woodlands finished 45-0 in Conference 5A.
TCU signee, Cecily Bramschreiber was awarded match MVP after recording a match-high 13 kills to go along with three blocks and two aces. Ellie Jonke had the second highest kills for Lovejoy totaling 10. Wyoming signee Lexie Collins finished the match with seven kills while Baylor pledge Averi Carlson tallied 32 assists. Oklahoma signee Callie Kemohah recorded 16 digs.
Last season, Lovejoy finished the season with a state title and a 48-5 record. On Saturday, Lucas Lovejoy will have the opportunity to extend its Dallas-area record for most state titles as the Leopards go for their 8th title in 13 years.
With 7 titles under their belt, the defending UIL Conference 5A state champs have two more titles than anyone else in Texas in a time span of 13-years. Should their win number 8 on Saturday, it will be the first completely undefeated season since their program began playing varsity volleyball in 2007. The Leopards have not been this close to an undefeated season ever. In fact, the fewest matches they've ever lost in a season was a decade ago when the 2010 squad lost only 3 matches all season and defeated Wimberley (3-1) in the state title game.
With 10 seniors - all of whom are committed to play either indoor or beach volleyball in college - Lovejoy is ready to take on Lamar Fulshear in the 2020 state title game. "It's probably the best leadership, the best defense, the best ball control, best setting," head coach Ryan Mitchell said after their semifinal win over Grapevine. "It's so deep. I'm constantly subbing kids and there is no drop-off."
Lovejoy, currently 25-0 this season, has lost only two sets the entire season. "It never gets old," TCU signee Cecily Bramschreiber said. "With the name Lovejoy on your shirt [winning] is expected, but we want to have the mind-set that it's never given to us."
The Leopards will have a chance to prove their strength against possibly their most difficult opponent this season yet in the state match. Lamar Fulshear is 26-4 on the season having lost only 16 of 98 sets against tough opponents like The Woodlands, Katy, Manvel, and more. In 2019, Fulshear played in the UIL Class 4A title match where they ended the season with a championship trophy to display and - of course - bragging rights. After UIL's realignment, Fulshear moved up to 5A where they have checked off every box necessary to prove that they belong playing with the best teams in Texas 5A volleyball. With a six-game win streak, the Chargers advanced to the state title match after sweeping Dripping Springs in the semifinal game on Tuesday.
Lucas Lovejoy and Lamar Fulshear are set to take the court at noon at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.