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Richardson Pearce, The Colony fall in 4A volleyball semifinals
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Austin Lake Travis avenged an early season loss against Richardson Pearce, coming back from a 0-2 deficit to win, 25-27, 20-25, 25-12, 25-17, 15-7, in the state Class 4A semifinals Thursday.
"It looked like we just tightened up a little bit," Pearce coach Jason Nicholson said. "And that's a group of kids in Lake Travis that if you give them a little bit of a boost they're going to take full advantage of it, which they did."
Pearce was a set away from the state title after a thrilling come-from-behind win in the first set and a 25-20 win in second.
But Lake Travis wasn't done.
The Cavaliers stormed out to a 13-1 lead in the third and won, 25-12.
Lake Travis jumped out to an early lead in the fourth set before Pearce tied it at five. But the Cavaliers surged ahead again, responding to every Pearce attempt at a rally before winning going away, 25-17.
Pearce appeared to have changed that trend when it went up 4-2 in the final set. But Lake Travis went on a 7-1 run to build an insurmountable lead and win the decisive set, 15-7.
In the second match of the evening, a controversial call gave Brenham all the momentum it needed in the final set of a 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 15-9 win against The Colony.
"That really turned it," said The Colony coach Terri Harrod on the call.
"But we fought hard coming back on it. So, we can't blame anybody, and we don't."
After tying the match at one in the second set, the Brenham went up seven early in the next set en route to a 25-19 win that put them one set away from advancing.
But The Colony responded with a 25-17 win in the next set, leaving the final spot in the state championship to be decided in the fifth set.
The Colony went up early as the team traded points before a point that was initially awarded to The Colony was given to Brenham as officials ruled the ball out.
"That ball was inside the antenna, that ball was not outside the antenna," Harrod said.
And after a set that saw six ties and two lead changes, Brenham scored the final six points of the match to win the decisive set, 15-9.Games on TV, Web
Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports Southwest will provide live television and website coverage of the UIL volleyball state tournament in San Marcos, Texas. The tournament will be televised on Time Warner's Texas Channel (185 in Dallas) and webcast on FoxSportsSouthwest.com.