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Fort Bend Christian Academy Volleyball Wins TAPPS 5A State Championship

Renie Deanda
Fort Bend Christian Academy Varsity Volleyball team won the TAPPS 5A state championship 3-0, shutting out Prince of Peace Christian School at West High School on November 20, 2021.  This marks the first state championship win for volleyball in school history. 
This season, the undefeated Lady Eagles were District Champions, defeated St. Michael's Catholic Academy 3-2 in area finals, defeated St. Joseph’s High School - Victoria 3-1 in the regional final, and made their path to the state championship by winning 3-1 versus Second Baptist in the state Semi-Final round. 

Varsity Volleyball Coach Alex Edwards has been at FBCA for two seasons. Edwards played high school ball at Katy Taylor before taking her game to The University of Oklahoma and then to the University of Houston. She has been an assistant coach at Houston Christian and Episcopal, who previously won the SPC Championship, as well as coaching at Houston Skyline volleyball club.  Immediately following the win, Edwards was shocked, but so excited for the players and all of the hard work that brought them to this moment.  

"I'm just in awe and I'm just so happy to have done it with this group," FBCA Volleyball Coach Alex Edwards said. “We did not have an easy playoff run. We were challenged throughout the whole tournament and with that challenge that sent us to the next level. We had some stars rise in Sophomore Oyinkansola Ajimotokan, Freshman Bayleigh Minor, Freshman Layne Bulow, and returning Senior Bailey Hanner.”

Hanner recently signed to play next year at Texas State University. In the past two seasons, Hanner has played in 186 sets for FBCA, racking up 798 kills (4.3 kills/set), 415 digs, 112 aces, 91 blocks and 38 assists. For Hanner, the team was able to accomplish this task, because the team has great chemistry and teamwork on and off the court. 

“The chemistry and the depth was the biggest thing," Hanner said. "The seniors were close. We all played together before. Also, the freshmen - Bayleigh Minor and Layne Bulow, they're just so amazing and so young still. I can't wait to see how they develop."

“I am so incredibly proud of these girls and coaches. They truly exhibit what it means to be a team. They celebrate each other, love each other, trust each other and that is why they won,” Athletic Director Kelly Carroll said. “Coach Edwards has created a winning environment for these athletes to thrive, and we are seeing the results.  I want to congratulate every athlete and coach that contributed to this Championship, and the entire FBCA community is excited for all their successes.”
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