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The Fulshear Chargers kept up for the District 34-5A crown while dwindling Lamar Consolidated’s hopes of a playoff run with a shutout win Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s match started fiery on both sides as they traded the lead early on. Lady Mustang Brooke Morris provided the biggest spark of offense for Lamar but ultimately fell on the opening set 25-19.

Head Coach Sydney Zimmerman thought her top-ranked team came in Tuesday’s match flat but buckled down to their full potential later on.

“We started out a little bit slow and you know, we are really young and have three freshmen who start so that makes us a little inconsistent sometimes and they are still growing,” said. “We started out a little shaky and aired a little bit too much and then as soon as they loosened up and started having fun, we were happy the way the game went.”

Led by strong outings from Victoria Powell and Brielle Warren, the final two sets went towards the Chargers as Fulshear relentlessly dominated, allowing just 18 points the rest of the way.

Lamar Head Coach Yolanda Sinegal thought her team was gamed in defeat in the first set but fatigue and mental lapses doomed the Lady Mustangs’ hopes for the upset.

“First set was a good set and very competitive and we showed them we know how to play volleyball but the last two sets I know we got a little tired around the second set,” Sinegal said. “We need to build our stamina and work on our defense and the last set was just mental errors.

Fulshear earned its 13th straight victory and remained tied in the loss column with Foster.

Lamar dropped their second in a row and fell to 7-7 in District 24-5A but the Lady Mustangs still hold the fourth seed for the playoffs.

Zimmerman feels confident that her squad is performing at its highest level at the most opportune time en route to the playoffs.

“I think the freshmen are growing every single day and sometimes they will start a little slow and gain their bearings but once they do they really are unstoppable,” said. “We are excited. Coaches always say their team is peaking at the right time and I really think that right when we are preparing for playoffs, we are playing our best and playing together and having the most fun.”

Lamar (18-12, 7-7) will next play against Terry in the second leg of the “Battle of the ’Berg” on Friday.

The match became even more important on Friday with the Lady Rangers beating Angleton to pull within a game of Lamar in the district seeding.

Fulshear (31-12, 14-1) will have a bye date on Friday, and the Chargers will play against Katy Tompkins before a final district contest against Terry.

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