No. 5 Carroll upset in Texas playoffs

By Walter Villa

Texas has eight teams in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings, and more evidence of how competitive volleyball is in the state was provided Thursday night.

Carroll (Southlake, Texas), ranked fifth in the FAB 50 and No. 1 in Texas’ Class 5A, was upset by Grapevine (Grapevine, Texas) in five thrilling sets, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11.

Grapevine (32-11) advances to the regional quarterfinals. Carroll (44-2), which battled injuries all year, is done.

Carroll set a school record for wins, but again fell short in its bid for the program’s first state title. The Dragons will now graduate four standouts who have been starters since their freshman years.