Three years ago, the freshman on the Lynchburg-Clay volleyball team won two sets the entire year. Not two games, just two sets.
Thursday night those same girls, along with their teammates, clinched the Southern Hills Athletic Conference championship with a 3-0 sweep over Ripley.
The league championship is the first for the Lynchburg volleyball program since 1998 and only the fifth overall in school history.
All year, the Lady Mustangs have been plagued with slow starts and having to fight back from a first set loss to win the game. Thursday night, that was no problem as they came out firing on all cylinders winning the first set over Ripley with a score of 25-7.
The second set, the girls played even better, winning 25-5.
In set three, even with some resistance from the Lady Blue Jays, the Lynchburg squad won the third and final set 25-17 for a three game sweep of their SHAC opponents.
“I was a little worried about a letdown tonight with the senior night festivities and wondered if we would be distracted, but we came out and played well,” said Lynchburg coach Mark Faust after the game. “We did a really good job of controlling the ball. That has been one of our problems all year; starting off a match. We’ve lost a lot of first sets but able to fight back. It was nice to come out here and win a first set and get started off on the right foot.
“I would like to also say something about our three seniors. Emily Roush has only played two years for us. We would have really liked to have her for four years. With Kylie Camp and Hannah Magie, their freshman year they won two sets. They won three matches their sophomore year and five their junior year. This year we’re 11-11 so it’s a tribute to their dedication and desire to gradually get better and they’ve been rewarded with it this year with the Division I league championship. Hopefully we can win a sectional championship. We’ve never done that at Lynchburg-Clay and that’s what we’re going to focus on over the next ten days.”
The Lady Mustangs will try and get that first sectional championship, which has never been won in school history, on Saturday, October 24 when they travel to Piketon to take on the No. 4 seeded Piketon. That game will be at 4 p.m.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.