The first UIL Class 6A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Friday featured a great match between Byron Nelson and Schertz Clemens, a match that Nelson won despite a real struggle.
However, that match couldn't hold a candle to Ridge Point's 6A semifinal match with Plano West.
After losing the first two sets to the state's No. 4 ranked Wolves, Coach Lauryn Bailey's Panthers dug deep inside themselves and found a way to win the third set. And then the fourth.
So much for being a "newbie."
The Fulshear Chargers' volleyball program, in just its third year of existence at the varsity level, exceeded all expectations (outside of their own) as they came to the UIL Class 4A state tournament and made their mark while, at the same time, making school history.
Coach Sydney Gotcher's Chargers swept a favored Hereford team in three sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-19 ) and grabbed the gold medal for a school that didn't exist five years ago (the school opened in 2016).