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LUFKIN — The Bridgeland® High School volleyball team won the Region II-6A championship on Nov. 13, 2021, qualifying for the UIL Volleyball State Tournament for the first time in program history.
The Bears swept Garland Sachse in the region semifinal in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-22. The Bears advanced to face The Woodlands in the Region II-6A final. The Bears defeated The Woodlands® in five sets by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 16-25 and 15-13, clinching a spot at state.
“This team can do anything it puts its mind to,” said Verena Khalil, head volleyball coach for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s 12th high school. “Making it to the state tournament for us means proving to everyone that even if you’re a new program and people don’t see you as having a ton of experience in the playoffs, you can do anything in a short period of time as long as the girls are willing to work—and this group of girls are willing to work. Our motto for this playoff run has been every single one of us has to be all-in, and we are all-in.”
The Bears are scheduled to face San Antonio Brandeis in the state semifinal at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Garland ISD’s Curtis Culwell Center (4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.)
If the Bears defeat San Antonio Brandeis, they will play the winner of Fort Bend Ridge Point and Keller in the state final at 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2021.
“I never thought that this team would be headed to state,” said senior outside hitter Mallorie Garner. “This group of girls is incredible, and we have such good chemistry.”
Tickets will be sold online through the Curtis Culwell Center. Single-day passes are $15 each, two-day passes are $25 each and all-tournament passes are $35 each. Parking passes will be sold online through the Curtis Culwell Center. Parking passes before the event are $10 each. Parking passes increase to $15 each the day of the event. A clear bag policy for the tournament is in place.