Varsity Volleyball Team To Compete At State


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The varsity volleyball team will compete the Nov. 17-19 state tournament.

The Lady Raider varsity volleyball team is state bound.

The Raiders (38-8) will face Hargrave (33-13) at 5 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Thursday for the state semifinals.

If they win, they will play for the 4A State Championship Saturday at 1 p.m. The title game, which will also be played at the Curtis Culwell Center, will be against the winner of Thursday’s 7 p.m. game between Aubrey (38-9) and Bellville (39-10).

To qualify for the state meet, the Lady Raiders had to take down two teams last week.

First, they defeated last year’s state champions, the Decatur Eagles, Friday. The Raiders and Eagles went four matches, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, before the Raiders claimed the regional semifinal title.

Then on Saturday, the Raiders took on the one team left blocking their road to the state tournament, Hereford. The Whitefaces won the first set 22-25, but the Raiders came back to win the next three 25-16, 25-18, 25-22 to take home the regional championship.

Going to state is something that is in Randall volleyball’s DNA.

— Senior Tatum Brandt

Going into this week’s state tournament, the Raiders are ranked no. 1 of the four teams remaining in competition.

“Going to state is something that is in Randall volleyball’s DNA,” senior Tatum Brandt said. “Every time we break out we say ‘Lady Raider State Champs’ and now that it is becoming reality it shows just how hard we’ve worked. Just everything that has been taken from us this year and every odd going against us, we still are state bound. We get to put ourselves on display among the top programs in the state and we take pride in that.”

The Lady Raider team is coached by head coach Haleigh Burns and assistant coaches Katie Gove and Shelbie Watson.

“I am incredibly proud of this team and this Randall community,” Burns said. “We have felt the support and love from everyone and it is very appreciated. We are excited to be going to the State Tournament to represent Randall. These girls have worked extremely hard to get here and watching them live in this moment is really special as a coach. This team is special and has the chemistry of a championship team. They do what it takes to win and push through the tough days and really celebrate and have fun on the court.”