Through the first two sets against No. 1 seed Corn Bible, it looked like the Southwest Covenant volleyball team was headed toward a monumental first-round upset in the state tournament.
The Patriots won the first two sets against Corn Bible and had a 24-23 lead in the third set with a chance to earn the three-set sweep but the No. 1 ranked team came back to win the third set and then take the fourth set forcing a fifth and deciding set with Southwest Covenant.
The fifth frame went back-and-forth and Southwest Covenant again came within one point of pulling off the victory with a 15-14 lead but Corn Bible came back to win the set 17-15 and earn the match victory to advance to the semifinal round of the state tournament.
The Patriots finished the season with an 18-8 overall record. Southwest Covenant will graduate six seniors off the team, including two starters Brianna Andus and Allyson Bales.
“Very pleased with how we played against Corn Bible,” Southwest Covenant coach Samantha Lindsey said. “It was one of the best matches we have played all year. It was a heartbreaking way to lose. We never gave up and we battled until the very end. We proved that we could play with anyone in the state. I am very proud of the way we played and competed.”
The majority of the roster was made up of freshmen and sophomores, so the future looks bright for Southwest Covenant volleyball.
On a brighter note, Southwest Covenant won the Class 3A academic state championship with a team GPA of 3.91.