SCA Wins Third Straight SCISA 2A Volleyball Crown

    Spartanburg Christian Academy made sure nothing was going to get between it and a three-peat.

    The Warriors dominated the first two games and rallied in the third to sweep Spartanburg Day 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-19) and claim their third straight SCISA 2A state volleyball championship on Tuesday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. It was the third time SCA (28-4) swept the Griffins this season.

    Both teams traded points early in the first two games before SCA grabbed 4-3 advantages in both and never looked back. It built as much as a 23-11 lead in Game 1 and 22-10 in Game 2.

“It’s very easy to be overconfident and come in too high and get knocked off your horse,” Warriors coach Monica Fain said. “I felt like we stayed really grounded. We talked a lot about that when we got off the bus Saturday night to yesterday’s practice and before the game that it was going to be a battle. ... Every time they came at us we had to come back at them and keep being aggressive and attack the ball.”

Spartanburg Day (21-8) would not go away quietly. The Griffins broke a 2-2 tie in Game 3 to roll off the next five points. It could not pull away, though, as SCA rallied for an 11-10 lead. The Warriors appeared to be primed to put the match away, building a 20-13 advantage, but Spartanburg Day rallied once more with five straight.

    SCA regrouped and outscored the Griffins 5-1 and claimed the title on a kill by Kallie Hall.

    The senior middle hitter tied for the team lead, along with Kaylee Owens, with eight kills. Owens also led the way with three blocks.

“That was really intense and nerve-wracking,” Hall said. “I was shaking. After the first game and the first couple of points, I was fine. In the third game, I don’t know what it was but I was more nervous than before we started. That was a really big statement for us. ... We were very focused and determined and wanted to win really bad.”

Megan Reeves led the Warriors with 15 digs and three aces. Tinsley Fain was the team leader with 23 assists.

“We went in really focused,” Tinsley Fain said. “We knew we had to fight. We went in with everything we had. They fought really well. We’re so blessed to get the three-peat and be a part of this team.”

The Griffins were led by Megan Cassidy and Ann Whitney with nine kills. Sarah Hutchins added six kills.

    Libby Davenport led Spartanburg Day with eight digs, while Whitney added seven.

“I’m very proud of our team, even right now with second place,” Whitney said. “No one really expected much out of us this year. I’m very proud that we made it to the state championship.”

    “We came out expecting things to be given to us,” Spartanburg Day coach Mandy Fassett said. “I don’t know why because we knew what we were coming up against… I’m really sad to lose my seniors, but this is step one to building the program. I’m glad they got to be part of it, but next year we’re coming for it. I commend SCA. They played a great game. They played a consistent game. They have everything to be proud of.”    By Kevin Melton