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Lady Bears advance to state tournament for first time

by Tyler Lennon

The Sulphur Bluff Lady Bears advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history this weekend. Photo courtesy/ Sulphur Bluff ISD

The Sulphur Bluff Lady Bears made history this weekend, advancing to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Sulphur Bluff has had a great run through the playoffs and will be looking to continue their strong play.

The Lady Bears made it to the regional tournament, where they faced Neches in the regional semi-finals Friday. Sulphur Bluff found themselves in trouble after the third set, trailing 2-1. They bounced back and took the fourth set 25-23 and won the fifth set 15-13, advancing to the regional finals.

They were right back in action Saturday, this time facing Miller Grove to see who would advance to the state tournament. Sulphur Bluff once again found themselves playing from behind, after losing the first set 25-15.

From then on the Lady Bears were in control, winning each of the next three sets to take the Regional championship. Sulphur Bluff won by scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-23 to advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history.

The Lady Bears will play in the state semifinals Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland against a very good Fayetteville team.  The Fayetteville Lady Lions have a record of 44-2 this year and opened their season by winning their first 26 games.

If the Lady Bears can pull out the win they will face the winner of Veribest and Blum, who play right after Sulphur Bluff. The state championship game is set for 3 p.m. Thursday.

Updated coverage on how the Lady Bears do in the state tournament will be published on Front Porch News.

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