FULSHEAR, Texas – Just four years ago, the Fulshear Volleyball program didn’t exist. Since opening, the new school has built a strong team thanks to a combination of talent, player transfers and excellent coaching from Sydney Gotcher. This is Fulshear’s final year in class 4A before they move up to class 5A.


Fulshear has seen a rapid rise from an all-loss record in 2017 (the show’s second year) to a season where the team had just four losses. The charger is 43-4. The four losses are also remarkable. The team lost to two 6A teams, one to state champions SPC Episcopal and the fourth to team 4A. Fulshear knocked out that 4A team — Bellville — in the state tournament last week.


According to Gotcher, the team is led by outsiders. Junior Ellie Echter and Sophomore Alexi Dacosta are not only some of the top players in their class, they are also heavily employed by strong volleyball programs. Echter will play SEC volleyball at LSU, while Dacosta is committed to Baylor. Eminent Liberator Ava Underwood, a sophomore, is weighing options but is getting a lot of interest from big schools like Kentucky and Oklahoma.


Fulshear competes in the 7 p.m. state semifinal against Kennedale. The Kennedale Wildcats haven’t lost since September 10. If they win, Fulshear will face Carthage or Hereford.

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