Sabine High School volleyball has been one of the best programs in the state, particularly in Class 3A, for the entire season – and now has momentum building behind them, as they’re on to round three.
Sabine beat a good Tatum team in three sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13, on Thursday night in Hallsville.
Coach Tara Wait’s Lady Cardinals, now 28-1 on the season, were ranked number three in 3A in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll. Up next is the regional semifinal round, and they’ll face seventh-ranked Gunter (27-3).
Sabine and Gunter finalized their playoff game late Friday afternoon. Sabine will meet Gunter on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Sunnyvale.
In the win over Tatum (24-7), Aubree McCann had 13 kills, nine digs and three blocks. Cale Brown, just a freshman, had four blocks, two kills and two digs. Ryanne Stuart had 13 kills, two digs and a block.
Also for Sabine, Sierrah Richter had five aces, two kills, 16 digs, 31 assists and two blocks. Maddie Furrh had three kills, five digs, and a block; Callie Sparks had three digs and an ace; Ally Gresham had 15 digs and two aces; and Caitlin Bates had eight digs, an ace and a block.
For Tatum, Kayla Jones had 10 kills and two aces; Macy Brown had five kills, three digs and two aces; Kaylei Stroud had five kills and nine digs; Abby Sorenson had 21 assists and two digs; Kerrigan Biggs had three kills; Kensi Greenwood had nine digs, Summer Dancy-Vasquez had eight; and Paisley Williams had two.
Last year and this, Sabine has a combined record of 67-8, incredible. Sabine went 39-7 last year, the best regular season in the history of its volleyball program, but was upended in a five-set upset by Commerce exactly a year ago today.
This year’s Sabine team, with Wait in her first year, has lost only once, a Sept. 4 loss to Beckville (ranked number one in the state in 2A) in four sets. Sabine has reeled off 17 straight wins, including a 12-0 record in district play and the win over Tatum.
Gunter, Sabine’s next opponent, has lost only twice, two of them in non-district games against Decatur and Lovejoy on Oct. 17, and one to Kennedale in the early days of the season. Gunter comes off a five-set win over Rains on Thursday.