Sabine volleyball

Players and coaches with Sabine High School’s volleyball team pose for a quick photo Thursday after sweeping Tatum in a Class 3A second-round playoff game at Hallsville. Sabine will face Gunter next.

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.

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