FEATURE: Katy seniors finally reach Austin

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HOUSTON – It was a moment that they've been so close to for the past three years.

Each time though, the season instead ended in heartbreak and them standing by watching the opposing team celebrate and dog-pile in the middle of the field as Regional Champions.

But not this time.

With a swinging strikeout, Alyssa LeBlanc flung her glove into the air as catcher Cait Calland raced out to her with the rest of the team in tow to embrace and jump around in celebration after a 12-3 victory over Deer Park propelled Katy to its first State Tournament since 2015 on Thursday.

"Our seniors have been in this situation for four-straight years and have been beaten in the Regional Finals," Katy coach Kalum Haack said. "It's not only frustrating but it's disheartening because it's such a great group of kids. I'm really going to miss these guys.

"For them to overcome finally and put it all together, I'm really proud of them and excited for them that they're going to get to experience something very few people get to experience in their careers."


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By Bradley Collier

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On paper, Aldine Davis should be the best returning Aldine ISD volleyball squad for the 2019 campaign.

But that's just on paper.

Starla Jones, the reigning District 16-6A Coach of the Year, has been persistent this offseason in reminding her team that the successes of last year are just that. They are last season's, which doesn't entitle her group to that same success in 2019.

"I think it's going to give them some confidence that they have a year under their belt," Jones said. "But it's a new season, a new team. Last year is last year. I'm reminding them that we've got to start all over. It's going to take some work like it did before.

"We can't settle, and we can't expect to be at the top just because we were last year."

Last season, Aldine Davis went 20- 26-1 overall and 10-4 in District 16-6A play to finish in a tie for second place with MacArthur.

"I've told them, you do realize because you were up there you are definitely one of the teams to beat," Jones said. "Everybody's going to be pumped. I don't care what team it is. They're going to be ready to play you."

Returning to the court for the Falcons this season is District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year Kiyah Felder, first-team selections Ashlyn Laymond and Tavia Harrell and second-teamer Hailey Harris. Also returning is Lyric Carwell, who was an honorable mention.

What excites Jones the most about this group is that this summer the girls put in the needed work to get better in the weight room.


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