Scottsdale Christian Academy’s volleyball team had one goal in mind: Defend its state title.
Scottsdale Christian had already faced Glendale Prep in the regular season, and it had swept Glendale Prep 3-0.
But Scottsdale Christian’s players didn’t let the victory get in their head. They knew they had to go outand play hard to defend the 2A title.
On Saturday, playing hard is exactly what Scottsdale Christian did in sweeping Glendale Prep 3-0 again to win the 2A championship.
In the first set, Scottsdale Christian won in a dominating fashion, defeating Glendale Prep 25-10.
Glendale Prep didn’t let the first set discourage it. The Griffins came out hungry in the second set and played their hearts out, but unfortunately fell short in a nail-biting 25-23 back-and-forth battle.
“We just knew the other team, they were going to come out strong, but we knew we could come out stronger and what our capabilities were,” senior Lauren Ohlinger said. “We just played the hardest we could.”
In the third set, Scottsdale Christian walked onto the court looking determined and confident.
Jumping out to a 19-8 lead in the third set, the Eagles’ excitement could be felt throughout the gym. It wasn’t much longer before Scottsdale Christian had defended its state title, defeating the Glendale Prep Griffins 25-14 in set three.
Coach Kim Ohlinger said winning a second consecutive state title was a monumental
accomplishment, especially for the two seniors on the team.
“It’s a gift,” Ohlinger said. “They’ve blessed my life these last few years.”
The Eagles had the taller team, and it was clear with their strength at the net. Senior Lauren Ohlinger, Kim’s daughter, and junior Taylor Raiola led the attack, blocking shots, spiking the ball and ultimately playing pivotal roles in leading the team to victory.
Scottsdale Christian seemed to have somewhat of a home-court advantage, if there is such a thing at a neutral site, as the gym was packed with fans decked out in red. The students came out in full force, taking over an entire section of the stands where they were standing and chanting.