The Waxahachie Prep Academy varsity Lady Warriors volleyball team can officially claim their dominance in Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools after sweeping the San Antonio Gateway Eagles on Saturday afternoon (25-8, 25-9, 25-6).
This is not only the first time that the volleyball program has brought home a state championship trophy, it's also the first school history.
The Lady Warriors were back in Corsicana on Saturday afternoon after advancing to the state tournament by another three-game sweep of Fredericksburg Heritage in the state semifinals Friday.
Junior outside hitter for the Lady Warriors, Hannah Strength (No. 32), helped lead her team to the title and is in the mix for being chosen for the All-State team in Salado tomorrow.
Strength said that she didn't realize how solid her team was going into the playoffs and she also said she wasn't expecting to sweep their last two opponents of the tournament.
“Since it was the state finals I was expecting the matches to go to, at least, four games,” Strength said. “Once the season got going we saw how much talent we had, we made the goal to go to state.”
The team was led under the direction of head coach Becca Prohaska and Strength said that she can't say enough about how great this season was playing for Prohaska.
“All our coaches this season have been really supportive of us,” Strength said. “She kept us encouraged to win state and just keeping the team's hopes high.”
Sophomore Sarah Allen (No. 25), who plays middle and right-side for the Lady Warriors, said that the team's perseverance and determination throughout the year is what led WPA to the state tournament and also played a big role in bringing home the victory.
“We worked really hard this season,” Allen said. “So I feel like we deserved this. We had really high expectations and we got a lot of really good new players on the team this year. That gave us the confidence that we would probably make it to state and do really well.”
Allen doesn't have much time to soak in the big win, because this week she begins playing her next sport, basketball.
Waxahachie Prep Academy posted a 35-3 overall record this season.
The team's newest prize, the TAPPS State Championship trophy will sit along alongside the other awards that Waxahachie Prep Academy has won in other various sports including two women's cross country state titles, a women's golf championship and individual success in track and field.
With the Lady Warriors only losing two seniors, the team will return to the court next year with experience and the tenacity to win again. Strength said that she expects to bring home back-to-back consecutive titles by winning again next season.
“Next year I honestly think that we can go to state again,” Strength said. “I'm hoping that we can get a two-peat.”