It was more of the same for Clear Creek High School head volleyball coach Scott Simonds at the Region III-6A championship match against defending regional champion George Ranch.
Creek swept Ranch 25-16, 26-24, 25-20 at Wheeler Fieldhouse to win its 20th consecutive match, the Region III-6A crown and earn a berth in this week’s Class 6A state volleyball tournament in Garland.
“We are 46-4, undefeated in Region III this year and now we’re among the top four teams in Texas,” Simonds said. “That’s just insane. I couldn’t be any prouder of this group.
“They’ve adjusted to everything we’ve thrown at them this season. Our five seniors have really stepped up and showed their leadership. They’ve been calm and cool through every situation,” Simonds said. “We’re going to need that to continue at state.”
Clear Creek was able to overcome a momentary lull in the second game against George Ranch. “We weren’t playing well and I told the kids that if we could pull out that second game we’d be al right,” Simonds said.
“The kids are confident in themselves and their teammates and that’s a tough combination to beat.”
Sarah Adams, Hannah Froeschi, Caitlyn Burroway, Melissa McNeil and Maddie Flora comprise the Clear Creek senior class.
“This has been our goal for four years now and we kept having it taken away from us,” Burroway said. “We just had so much more push and drive to win this year and that’s what got us through it.”
No. 1 state-ranked Conroe Oak Ridge will join Clear Creek in the Class 6A state tournament field after disposing of The Woodlands 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18 for the Region II-6A title in Huntsville.
Cedar Park outlasted District 19-5A rival Leander Rouse 3-2 for the Region III-5A championship at Texas Southern.