For the fifth straight season, the Clarksville Lady Wildcats played in a volleyball region championship game.
While it’s a strong trend, there was another trend they wanted to break: they had lost the past three times. This time, they met their rival Rossview Lady Hawks, who they had already beaten three times this season.
Something had to give.
Luckily for the Lady ‘Cats, their skid ended, and they left their home court Region 7-AAA champions with a 3-1 victory over RHS.
“It means a ton, because that is the goal every year,” said CHS head coach Glen Fox. “First districts, then regions. For whatever reason, we haven’t been able to win it in three years… It feels really good to win that last game, because we don’t have to travel, which is also a nice addition. We were doing that three years in a row.”
Both teams had already won games the same day to get to the championship game, with CHS defeating Northwest 3-0 and Rossview topping Dickson Co. 3-2.
Rossview had just a 20 minute turnaround between their five-set thriller against the Lady Cougars and the championship game, and their momentum clearly carried over. Though close all the way, they took the first set from Clarksville 25-23.
The Lady Wildcats didn’t let their rivals keep it, though, as they finished them off in the next three games 25-18, 25-15 and 25-16.
Despite playing nine high-intensity sets consecutively, RHS head coach Tishara Hicks doesn’t think that fatigue played much of a role in the defeat.
“Maybe for some balls, but not all,” she said. “And majority, they wanted to get those touches. They wanted to get those swings. They wanted to get those blocks. Yes, the energy carried over, but those downfalls were not from the first game.”
The first-year coach is proud to finish as the region runner-up, as it helps set the tone for her future teams at Rossview. The Lady Hawks will travel to Collierville to take on the Lady Dragons, who won the Region 8-AAA title, on Thursday.
Clarksville, meanwhile, will host a familiar foe in the Houston Lady Mustangs, who have ended their season in sub-state the past three seasons.
“We’re just going to go in and play hard,” Fox said. “At this point, we’re playing loose and just kind of ‘nothing to lose’ kind of thing. We’ve been here before, we’ve seen them before. They’re a great team… We’re just going to give them the best shot we have.”