CALLISBURG — On a team full of sophomores, Lindsey Bullard might have had the most important responsibility among the young Lady Wildcats.

Taking over at setter after the graduation of a seasoned senior, she was directing an attack with plenty of classmates who were somewhat short on varsity experience.

“We’ve been playing together for so long it wasn’t that big of a step up,” said Bullard, who went through the playoffs with a Jones fracture in her right foot.

Callisburg shrugged off the handicap and put together one of the program’s best seasons.

“We lost to Ponder the first time in district. We refocused and were ready to go,” Bullard said. “We realized we have an opportunity.”

The Lady Wildcats finished 35-12 and advanced to the Class 3A state tournament before losing against eventual champ Goliad in a semifinal match.

It was the fourth state tournament appearance for the program but the first since 1977.

Bullard totaled 1,084 assists to go with 304 digs, 99 kills, 41 aces and 18 blocks.

“I’m really thankful as a setter this year because our passers were so good,” Bullard said. “Our outsides were able to take care of business and our middles did just as good a job.”

Bullard was named the Newcomer of the Year in District 9-3A and has been selected as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Volleyball Newcomer of the Year for the 2016 season.