In the midst of screaming fans and the KSAT 12 camera crew, the Lady Buffs have accomplished the unthinkable: a back-to-back district championship over Canyon. With an undefeated record, these girls are entering bi-district playoffs with unmatched tenacity.
But these mighty women are just getting started.
Ranked 53rd in the nation as of October 2019, the girls will go into the playoffs with confidence at an all time high under the direction of Coach Robyn Wunderlich-Ellis.
“Going into the playoffs, everyone feels so comfortable with one another,” Shelby O'neal (12), the 6 '2 blocker and All-American, said. “The team environment this year is stronger than ever.”
This season, practices have been increasingly aggressive to prepare against Hays and Reagan, two wins needed to secure the bi-district championship
“I feel like these game-like practices have prepared us for tough games against Canyon and New Braunfels, who we ended up sweeping at home,” O’Neal said.
Four seniors have already committed to top-tier colleges. Lillie Hill, who has over 1500 career digs, plans to play at East Texas Baptist University, alongside Ashley Breu at Trinity University, O’Neal at the University of Arizona, and Cassidy Steadman at Texas Woman's University. Despite many team members finishing up their Clemens career, faith in both each other and the remainder of the season prevails.
“Our ability to work together is what makes us win,” Rylee Thomas (12) said. “We’ve bonded so much this season, especially during bus rides. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for us.”
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