The Augusta Prep volleball team didn’t get the fairy tale ending they were looking for Saturday.
The Lady Cavaliers shattered the school record for wins in season, but facing two-time defending Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA state champion Trinity Christian, the Lady Cavaliers fell short in the title match and lost 3-1.
“Quite frankly they’re a great team, they’re undefeated for a reason,” Lady Cavaliers head coach Rich Bland said. “I told the girls we’re a great team too, we just faced a team that was better tonight and I am proud our team got better as the season went on.”
In their two previous meetings, the Lady Cavaliers (31-4) hadn’t won a game.After losing Game 1 25-16, they had the partisan crowd roaring as they won Game 2 25-19. The Lady Lions rebounded and won 25-17, 25-22 to wrap up the title.
With only three seniors on his roster, the third consecutive title was that much sweeter for fourth-year head coach Joe Camp.
“We graduated a big class last year of really good players and I wasn’t sure if we would be able to reach this level,” he said. “It’s a little more gratifying.”
Trinity Christian jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the final game. Four times in the latter stages, Augusta Prep got within a point, but each time Trinity Christian would win the ensuing point.
The Lady Lions’ defense was smothering, making the Lady Cavaliers work for their points while committing 13 service errors, including five in the last game.
Bland called Augusta Prep’s offense the fastest he’s seen and they were able to tip the ball over blockers to the empty spot on the court time and again for points.
Senior Herrington Murray took the loss graciously.
“They’re a great team and they have been for years, that’s why they have a three-peat under their belt now,” she siad. “Coming in second to them is not that upsetting.”