The Sulphur Bluff Lady Bears had an incredible run in the 2021 volleyball season, but fell just short of a state final, losing in the 1A state semifinals to Fayetteville.
The Lady Bears lost to the Lady Lions 3-0 in Garland, TX last Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Fayetteville came out on a tear in set one, taking 21 of the first 28 points en route to a dominant 25-13 set one win.
Set two was more of the same for coach Lacie Jessup’s Lady Bears, as the Lady Lions roared to a closer, yet tough 25-16 set two loss to put Sulphur Bluff behind in sets 2-0 heading in to the third.
Even with their season on the line, the clock hit midnight for the Lady Bears’ Cinderella story as Fayetteville got an even more impressive 25-10 blowout to allow Fayetteville to move on to the 1A state final volleyball game.
The loss ends the Lady Bears’ season at 26-10.
#8 Skylar Stanley wrapped up the loss to Fayetteville with eight kills. #14 Tori Raine wracked up six kills and two more Lady Bears, #7 Lydia Drummond and #11 Dacee Howse got one in the 1A state semifinal loss.
#1 Kaitlyn Brock got an astonishing 13 aces against the Lady Lions.
And while a tough loss for Sulphur Bluff, they will have to retool the roster next season in fall of 2022 as Coach Jessup is losing six key seniors.