Swing away

Fulshear junior Ellie Echter swings at ball during a serve in Saturday’s championship match. 

GARLAND — Junior Ellie Echter was an eighth-grader when the Fulshear volleyball program began four years ago.

Echter has been there for every varsity match for the Chargers from one year in 5A, regional finals the next year and now a state championship.

At each step, the 6-foot-1 outside hitter has powered the Chargers on the way to the top.

“It is really cool to go from having eight people in a program to now with so many people with a state title,” Echter said. “It feels amazing that we are so young and inexperienced but we don’t act like we’re inexperienced.

“We all had a lot of volleyball experience outside of high school, we just had to learn how to put that experience to use by developing chemistry with each other.”

Echter nearly matched title game foe Hereford’s entire kill total (21) with 19 kills. MVP teammate Alexis Dacosta and Echter both had 19 kills, accounting for 38 of Fulshear’s 50 kills in the championship match.

The LSU commit finishes the year with over 600 kills with the Chargers likely heading back to Class 5A for her final campaign.

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