Four wins was all Heritage Christian Academy needed to complete an undefeated KCAA slate and secure the program’s first state volleyball championship since head coach Grace Waldron was a player for the Lady Warriors in 2011.
Just like it had all year long against KCAA opponents, HCA took care of business. The Lady Warriors defeated Oak Ridge, Lexington Latin and Community Christian twice to secure the KCAA state championship.
Out of the teams it faced in the state tournament, Oak RIdge was the only one of the three that the Lady Warriors faced during the regular season.
Much like the two contests the two teams had in the regular season, HCA dominated a cruised to a two-set sweep (25-14, 25-7).
After moving past Lexington Latin to get into the state semifinals, it had its toughest test of the year with Community Christian.
CCA was the only team in all of KCAA play to force a third and decisive set against HCA. While the Lady Warriors faced very little adversity against the KCAA, their experience in KHSAA play likely paid dividends in this contest as HCA toughed out the win in three sets (25-15, 25-27, 25-15).
However, CCA wasn’t done as it returned through the loser’s bracket and attempted to spoil the celebration.
Match two played much like the first between the two teams. Heritage won the first fairly handedly, CCA squeaked out the second set and forced a third.
The third set was much closer in the second match and CCA was just a few points shy of forcing a third match between the two but HCA prevailed to capture their first state title in 10 years.
Freshman Mya Goodwin was named MVP of the tournament.
The Lady Warriors lose a pair of seniors — one of which in Lexi Crisp — played a very big role in HCA’s success. But the rest of the team returns for next season.