KATY - Towards the end of her speech with her team huddled around her, Sydney Gotcher leaned further into the circle with some final words.
"This is our year, we're going back-to-back baby."
Fulshear players cheered and screamed for joy at the those words, with even a little jumping around, before putting their hands in the air and breaking the final huddle of the night. The Chargers were celebrating a 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) victory over Dripping Springs on Tuesday inside Katy ISD's Merrell Center, which had just catapulted them to the Class 5A State Championship match to face defending champ Lucas Lovejoy.
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.