MUNCIE, Ind.(NewsLink) -- As the high school volleyball state tournament is nearing, Cowan High School was looking to capture their second straight 1A state championship.
After a tremendous regular season where Cowan finished 20-4 and top in their conference, they are determined to be ready for sectionals.
“Even in practice today, we talked about communication and drive and the want to win, the want to repeat. And that’s what they’re focusing on right now,” reiterated Coach Melissa-Paul Hill. She emphasized that while the season has looked good, they need a little more “grit” to compete for the title.
Their first test in the tournament is Daleville High School, an opponent they defeated in three sets early in the season. However, Hill is making sure her girls don’t look past anyone.
“Daleville really brings great energy. I think Val Flick brings great energy to her team so right now we’ve got to learn to understand that every match is the state championship match, because if you lose, you’re out.”
If they can beat Daleville, it will go a long way in reeling in those championship hopes.
Time and time again, Hill referenced her faith in her senior class.
“I’m confident in my senior class, that they can pull this off. I think they’ve really understood that they are very capable as a senior class if they put their mine to it. And so, they’ve really talked to our underclassmen and kind of shared the experience.”
As they are gearing up for a big run in the tourney, Hill acknowledged that they need to shore up their defensive play in order to succeed in big games.
“Once we figure out how to make those plays and to trust the person next to us, I think we will be golden.”
Perhaps they will be golden, matching the trophy they plan to hoist at the end of the postseason.