FULSHEAR — The Foster High School football team was playing a game Friday night at Traylor Stadium, but the Falcons faithful packed the stands for a volleyball match in Fulshear in an attempt to counter the Chargers fans.
It was standing room only in Charger Gym for the District 24-5A rematch between the Fulshear and Foster, and it appeared it would be another gold-banner night with Foster winning the first two sets.
But in the end, Fulshear rallied to win 3-2, 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-22, 15-12.
The story was flipped from the match at Foster earlier this season, and the result was two teams tied at the top of the District 24-5A standings at 9-1.
Both teams have six games each left in district play, and coach Sydney Zimmerman confirmed the two teams have not finalized a tie-breaking plan if both are 15-1 at the end of the regular season.
Fulshear has dealt with major turmoil this season with key players from the Chargers’ two runs to the state tournament exiting the team, but Friday proved to be an opportunity for a handful of freshmen to step up.
“This game was a defining moment for our young team to find their true identity,” Zimmerman said. “Although we didn’t expect to be down two games, it forced our three freshman starters to mature quickly, and our seniors (Brielle Warren and Ava Underwood) to step up and lead with energy and composure.”
The identity of the new roster included cowboy hats for the Fulshear’s bench, which were tossed in celebration on Friday night.
The Warren sisters, Brielle and Bailey, carried the Fulshear offense with a combined 48 kills of the Chargers’ 66 kills.
Victoria Powell added six kills, while Rachel Nordt and Olivia Drayden each added four kills.
Underwood did all for Fulshear with 44 assists, 12 digs and two aces. Arielis Ponce led the team with 18 digs, while Bailey Warren added 16 digs. Sydney Black had 10 digs.
For Foster, senior Kamryn Williams and junior Koryn Johnson combined for 20 digs. Sophomore Jackie Oneyechi had seven kills.
Senior Kamryn Williams had three aces, while Brinleigh Davis and Kalani Vasquez each had two aces.
Senior Elizabeth Waldrop had five blocks, and Onyechi had four blocks. Vasquez had a team-high 21 digs and senior Eliana Zepeda had 18 digs. Sophomore Brinleigh Davis had 18 assists.
Fulshear (26-12, 9-1) will travel to Kempner and Foster (21-13, 9-1) will host Terry on Tuesday.
The Fulshear High School gym stands had a unique sight on Friday with Chargers fans wearing camo for “Bird Season” to support the volleyball team, while the Lady Falcons’ fans were wearing pink for “pink out.”
“Shout out to our student section, who carried us through tonight,” Zimmerman said.