FULSHEAR – It’s much different from last year, but the Fulshear volleyball team still feels it can make another run to a state championship.

The defending 4A champions started its 2020 postseason with an easy three-set sweep over Houston Waltrip in the 5A bi-district round on Thursday night, winning 25-2, 25-6, 25-5.

“It’s felt like its kind of a long season, even though it’s been abbreviated,” Fulshear head coach Sydney Gonchar said. “But we’re excited to have some good competition and we’re excited to be in the postseason.”

The Chargers will next face Nederland in the area round next week after the Lady Bulldogs swept Goose Creek Memorial.

Fulshear opened the first set on a 13-0 run, with senior outside hitter Ellie Echter leading the way with three kills and a block in the run, along with four aces by senior defensive specialist Becca Ferrari. But Waltrip only got its two points off of a Charger service error and a ball-handling error.

Echter got four more kills in the set that the Chargers won handily.

The second set began like the first, with Fulshear going on another big run. Echter and senior Kalee Tollefson each had three kills in the run, while Echter also had two aces to build a 13-1 lead. All six of Waltrip’s points came on service errors and hitting errors, while a diversified attack helped the Chargers to win the set by 21 points.

With mostly reserves playing in the third set, Fulshear (19-4) continued to play well, building a 13-3 lead as Echter had three kills, while junior Brielle Warren had two kills and an ace in the run. Echter then had four aces in a row to build the lead to 17. A block and a kill by sophomore Olivia Drayden helped finish off the set and the match.

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