GARLAND – After capturing its first volleyball state championship since 1992 last season, Needville had a chance to defend the crown.
The Lady Blue Jays fell short of bringing home back-to-back titles for the first time since 1976-1977.
Needville senior Madison Schultz had 21 kills and 17 digs, Anna Gadway had 12 kills and seven digs and the Lady Blue Jays fell short to Decatur 3-1 (12-25, 25-21, 25-27, 18-25) in the Class 4A State Championship match on Saturday at the Curtis Culwell Center.
“It just wasn’t our day,” Needville coach Amy Schultz said. “We don’t normally play that way. For some reason we did. We just made a lot of errors we don’t normally make. At this level you can’t do that. We did for some reason. I can’t explain it. I don’t think it was a nerve thing. I just think we didn’t play our game today.”
Decatur wins its first state championship since 2014 and finishes the year at 38-11.
Needville advanced to back-to-back state championship matches and finishes 41-9.