KATY – A team fueled by the doubters is a dangerous one.
Fulshear felt like they had something to prove in 2020. Being the reigning Class 4A State Champions wasn't enough anymore. Now, in Class 5A the team felt like they had to prove themselves all over again.
Well, doubters proven wrong.
Fulshear defeated College Station 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) to capture the Region III-5A Championship on Thursday night at the Merrell Center and punched the program's ticket back to the UIL State Tournament.
"It's a big deal, especially since we're in 5A now. We proved our point that we could compete with any type of competition," Fulshear junior Alexis Dacosta, who is verbally committed to Baylor, said. "We're ready to go get another ring."
FULSHEAR IS HEADING BACK TO STATE!!!! An ace by @AlexisDacosta9 finishes off the sweep. Fulshear is heading to the State Semifinals. @AlexisDacosta9 with the ace for the win!! #txhsvb @FULSHEARVB @FulshearABC @lcisdathletics @UIL_AD @Fulshear_HS @ellieechterr @AvaUnderwood16 pic.twitter.com/pGk4BS92N2— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 4, 2020
Fulshear awaits to see who it will face in the UIL State Semifinals early next week, which will be hosted at a neutral site before the UIL State Championships are held in Garland on Saturday, December 12.
The Chargers are two wins away from becoming just the third program since 2000 to win a second-straight title after moving up a classification, the first since Decatur in 2014.
"I'm so excited," Fulshear coach Sydney Gotcher said. "They're so great. It's been such a weird year. We haven't had the tournaments and the bonding we usually get and so just to be still playing right now when most teams are done is really awesome."
A big theme for the team this season was hitting the reset button.
They had to hit the reset button in all facets of their game, Gotcher said and doing that helped the team get to the point of now being back-to-back Regional Champions.
"I think we're the kind of team if we're underestimated, we use that fire to come back," Fulshear senior and LSU-signee Ellie Echter said. "Us not getting ranked as high as we thought we might, I think was pushing us as far as we could possibly go."
VYPE Postgame - Alexis Dacosta
VYPE Postgame: @FULSHEARVB junior @AlexisDacosta9 talks to VYPE after the Chargers punch their ticket to State. #txhsvb @FulshearABC @ellieechterr @AvaUnderwood16 @lcisdathletics @fulshear_fball @Fulshear_HS pic.twitter.com/aNnLot79k4— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 4, 2020
VYPE Postgame - Fulshear Coach Sydney Gotcher
VYPE Postgame: @FULSHEARVB head coach Sydney Gotcher talks with VYPE after the game and talked about the program going back to #UILState @FulshearABC @fulshear_fball @Fulshear_HS @lcisdathletics @FulshearHoops @ellieechterr @AlexisDacosta9 @AvaUnderwood16 @KPRC2RandyMc pic.twitter.com/YyKFtljWsh— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 4, 2020
VYPE Postgame - Ellie Echter
VYPE Postgame: @lsuvolleyball signee @ellieechterr is heading back to State. She helped @FULSHEARVB defeat College Station 3-0 on Thursday night. #txhsvb @AvaUnderwood16 @FulshearABC @Fulshear_HS @AlexisDacosta9 @UIL_AD #uilstate pic.twitter.com/MbSa9Qn4sn— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 4, 2020