While most of the state was focusing on Tuesday night's midterm election results, there was another battle that excited the Dripping Springs and Seguin communities. Their varsity volleyball teams had a UIL 5A regional quarterfinals matchup at New Braunfels High School. The winner would continue its season, while the loser would conclude its campaign.
Like with the political races, one support group would be satisfied with the final result. That ended up being Dripping Springs' (33-15) because the Tigers completed a sweep of Seguin (29-8).
"Kristi [Stanley] does a great job with that group," Dripping Springs' volleyball coach Michael Kane said of Seguin's program. "We knew they weren't going to stop."
"But, hats off to my kids," Kane said of his team. "When we need to make plays, we made plays. We didn't panic."
Dripping Springs dominated the second set 25-10, but had to hang on 25-23 in the first and 26-24 in the third.
One of the difference makers was Tulsa commit Avery Kalsu. She had two important blocks that broke a 17-17 tie in the first set, two kills in a four-point stretch in the second, and a key score in the closing minutes of the third. Her late contribution could've been the difference in the last win because Seguin scored five consecutive points and took a one-point lead.
"We really showed our composure," Kalsu said of the tight set wins. "We were down 24-23 [in the final set], and we were able to pull that out. And I think that says a lot about our team, and how we're really able to dig ourselves out of anything. We're so scrappy, and I just love this team."
With the win, Dripping Springs will face Gregory-Portland in Friday's 5A Region IV semifinal at the South San Athletic Center. The first serve will be at 7pm.
"It's so exciting," Kalsu said of the advancing win. "I'm literally so pumped for regionals."