AFTER A RECORD-setting season which saw Clear Creek win 47 games, Hebron saw to it the Wildcats would not reach 48, as the defending 6a volleyball champs swept Creek in the championship game last Saturday, denying the Wildcats a chance at the school’s second title in the sport.
The Hawks won by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-20 en route to defending their state title while handing the Wildcats the only sets they lost on the road to Garland and the final four.
Hebron did not lose a set throughout the tournament as they finished the season with a 46-1 record.
Clear Creek finished with a 47-5 mark, as coach Scott Simonds’ squad set a school record for wins in one season and reached the championship game for the first time since the 1968 team captured the state volleyball crown.
Clear Creek should be a heavy favorite to win a fourth straight district championship in 2017, yet the Wildcats will have to replace a quartet of seniors that will move on to play collegiately.
Outside hitter Caitlyn Burroway will attend Regis College, while libero Maddie Flora heads off to Tulsa. All-state candidate middle blocker Hannah Froeschl committed to Texas-San Antonio, with outside hitter Melissa McNeil heads to St. Edward’s.
Middle blocker Allie Garland returns for her junior season after recording 268 kills and 141 blocks, while outside hitter Jenna Metzinger will enter her senior year following a season in which she recorded 258 kills.
Overall, the Wildcats will return eight players and will be bolstered with additions from a successful subvarsity squad.