FREER — During coach Fran Adami’s first stint at Freer High School, the Lady Buckaroos volleyball program had a most remarkable run.

Between 1987 and 2004, the Freer girls reached the Region IV volleyball tournament in 13 of 17 season. Under Adami, Freer also reached the state tournament three times, winning it in 1994.

How, in her first year back at Freer, the Lady Buckaroos are back at regionals for the first time since she left. It’s safe to say Adami know high school volleyball.

However, the veteran coach, who spent the last 13 seasons at Cotulla High School, is taking any of the credit. Instead, she insists the Freer program has traditionally been blessed with skilled athletes.

“Freer’s always had the talent to get to regionals,” she said. “They’ve especially had the talent these last two or three years. They’ve been sort of a sleeping giant. They just needed someone to come over here and wake them up.”

And now that the Freer volleyball program is awake, they’re playing against the region’s best for a shot at reaching the Class 2A state tournament. Freer is playing in the Region IV-2A tournament at at Brenham High School. The Lady Buckaroos are going up against Shiner at 5 p.m. Friday. Woodsboro and Weimer are playing in the other semifinal game.

The Freer girls have five seniors and the rest of the team are underclassmen. The Lady Buckaroos advanced to the tournament by beating Santa Maria in the regional quarterfinals Tuesday. Freer won the match, 3-1. They won the first game, 26-24, and then lost the second game, 25-18. Freer rallied to win the next two 25-21 and and 25-14.

Adam said the Buckaroos’ strength right now is their team chemistry.

“We’re just a good fit,” Adami said. “A lot of the girls playing for me, their parents are from Freer and they played for me. It just creates a special bond between parents, coach and players.”