Hebron Lady Hawks Ready to Defend State Volleyball Title

The UIL state volleyball tournament takes place this week.

After a slow start to the season, the Lady Hawks of Hebron are playing like the defending champs they are.

They've earned a spot in the state tournament by sweeping every opponent in the playoffs to this point. That's 15 games to none.

Everything is going as expected, right?

"Actually what we're doing right now is pretty shocking after the start we had this year. We graduated eight kids from last year, so getting these kids together and grooving, it hasn't been a struggle but it's been work," said Hebron volleyball coach Karin Keeney.

Hebron knows what it takes to win it all. They've won state three times in the last 13 years. During this hot streak, the Lady Hawks defeated the No. 1 team in the country, Waco Midway.

On Friday, they face the new No. 1 team in the state semifinals, Conroe Oak Ridge.

"They're pretty good. We just have to show up to the games. Sometimes we have a hard time doing that. But if we get it together and we start off strong, I think we'll have a pretty good chance," said Hebron senior Kylee McLaughlin.

"This year, I feel like we're a lot more powerful and we have a lot more talent. We've been watching a lot of game film on them, so we have a plan going into the game so I think we have a pretty good chance," said Hebron senior Lexie Douglas.

Keeney runs her practices a little different than most. She stresses endurance and physical fitness as much as she does volleyball. Therefore, Hebron is more dangerous as the match goes along.

If they defeat Oak Ridge on Friday, they'll play for back-to-back championships on Saturday.

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