Warhill High's volleyball team became the first in school history to win consecutive regional championships on Saturday, when it swept Kettle Run 25-12, 25-21, 25-21 in the championship game at Spotsylvania High.
The victory earns the Lions (27-1) a home game in the 3A state semifinals on Tuesday against 3A West runnerup Turner Ashby. A win in the semifinal will put the Lions in the state championship game for the second straight year, with this year's 3A final set for next Saturday at 3 p.m. in the VCU Siegel Center.
"The girls celebrated the regional championship but then quickly refocused on Turner Ashby," Lions coach Greg Koon said. "I couldn't ask for more from them."
The Lions stars against Kettle Run were Alex Koon (22 kills, 4 aces, 9 digs, 3.5 blocks), Nicole Mulligan (7 kills, 7 aces), Cori Clifton (25 assists, 8 digs, 2 aces) and Megan Harrigan (14 digs).
Greg Koon said Mulligan, Alex Koon and several others got the Lions off to a good start with their serving, that Clifton did a terrific job setting and that the defense and serve receive of multiple players proved big in the final two set. Alex Koon's 22 serves didn't match her school record-setting 30-plus against Kettle Run a year ago, but since the Lions won in straight sets this time (versus four a year ago) that was just fine.
"It's pretty nice," Greg Koon said of the VHSL change to host school sites in the state semifinals. "It's definitely nice to be the home team."