Before a partisan crowd at the Merrill Center in Katy, the Seven Lakes Spartans advanced to the Class 6A state finals for the second time in four years. They beat San Antonio Reagan 25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 24-26 and 15-12.
The first time the Spartans reached the finals back in 2017 they were led senior Dani Batenhorst and a gawky freshman… Ally Batenhorst.
Batenhorst is now a senior, a Nebraska-signee and possibly one of the best players in the country. She is set by her little sister Casey, making the Batenhorsts the First Family of Seven Lakes to say the least.
It was a night of volleyball quite like non other. The energy, the pressure, the passion could all be felt sitting in San Antonio's Northside Gymnasium as the Brandeis Broncos took on District opponent Reagan Rattlers.
The two had already matched up twice previously in the season for district play, but something felt different tonight. The two worked so hard for this moment to earn the berth to the 6A State Semi-Finals and both certainly wanted it. Coming into the night, Brandeis held a 2-0 record over Reagan, but both were hard fought matches. Tonight, the Rattlers looked to prevail, and they ultimately did!
Starting set one with a bang, the Broncos took a strong lead in the middle of the set ultimately getting to 25 first winning set one. Ending the set on some big blocks the Broncos were hopeful to go into set two fired up.