Bellville set for state semifinal

Brahmanettes win Region III, meet with Wimberley for ’13 postseason rematch

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After losing its first and only district contest of the regular season to the Sealy Lady Tigers, the Bellville Brahmanettes put together an eight-match win streak, all won by sweeps, heading into a state semifinal meeting with Wimberley Tuesday evening.

Bellville won Region III by taking down Worthing, a three-seed from District 23, Splendora, runners-up from District 21, Liberty, third-place finishers in District 21, Robinson, the second seed from District 18 and China Spring, winners of District 18, to be one of the top four teams in Class 4A. The Brahmanettes took the top seed from District 24 into the playoffs after taking a tie-breaking match over Sealy heading into the bi-district round on Oct. 27.

Wimberley, winners of District 28, beat Needville to claim the top spot from Region IV with a 29-4 overall record after entering the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll tied for No. 10 on Nov. 9 when Bellville moved from No. 9 to No. 8. Entering the state semifinal meeting, Wimberley owned a 16-match win streak thanks in part to a clean 8-0 record in district, although it dropped eight sets in as many contests in that span.

Bellville and Wimberley played a non-district match at the beginning of the year, and although Wimberley won the first set, Bellville won the next three to take the decision. Similarly, in 2018, the teams met in a tournament where Bellville won the match 2-1.

The two teams met in the 2013 regional final when Bellville took a 3-1 decision, although it ultimately fell to Decatur in the state championship. That was also the most recent state appearance for the Brahmanettes with a loss in the 2014 regional final and a pair of regional quarterfinal losses the two previous years.

In 2020, the other top two teams in the state were Decatur from Region I and Kennedale from Region II, both winners of their respective Districts 7 and 10. Decatur owned a 29-1 record, including 11-0 in district play, and had consistently ranked above Bellville in the TGCA poll. Kennedale entered with a 24-3 overall record with 21 total sets lost.

In the newest and final edition of the TGCA poll released Monday morning, Decatur, Bellville, Kennedale, and Wimberley sat in front of the teams they beat, Needville, China Spring, Canyon, and Aubrey, with the state championship match set for Saturday, Nov. 21.

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