This year, the Lady Patriots took the title by sweeping the competition and finishing a perfect 5-0 on the day.
But like most championships, this one was not won without its share of drama.
In the championship match against DuQuoin, the host Patriots, despite winning the first set 25-15, found themselves trailing the Lady Indians 17-19 in the second set.
Massac would fight off three match points and, with no substitutions remaining, send freshman Emily Hoard to the service line with the score knotted at 30-30.
Cool, calm and collected, Hoard delivered the final two serves of the match as Massac fought back to win 32-30.
In Massac’s other matches of the day, they defeated Vienna, 25-9, 25-10; Webber Township, 25-11, 25-14; Eldorado, 25-21, 25-14; and Carrier Mills, 25-10, 25-16.
DuQuoin (4-1) would come back to beat Eldorado in three sets to claim second place. Eldorado (3-2) finished in third place.
Massac’s McKenzie Dorris was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
For Massac, Madison Stephens, Karsen Smith and Jordan Willmes were also named to the All Tournament team.
Massac Coach Zach Miller had this to say about his team’s performance, “I am very proud of our girls. Each member of our varsity group contributed in a positive way. This group is really buying into the team-first concept and as a result, we are continuing to improve both offensively and defensively.”
Statistical leaders for the Lady Pats include Dorris, 53 kills; Kristina Henley, 48/50 serving; Stephens, 85 assists; Smith, 11 blocks; Willmes, 19 digs; Josie Garduno, 20/20 serving; Lauren Bunting, 13 kills; Jessi Stunsun, 37/39 serving; Mallory McGinnis, 19/21 serving; Natalie Bailey, 13/13 serving; Kerstie Weatherbee, 14/16 serving; Christina Whitthorne, 10/10 hitting; Rachel Chapman, 12/13 serve receive; Emily Hoard, 14 kills; and Rachael Leek, 24/24 setting.
With the wins, Massac’s varsity improves their season record to 19-2. The Lady Patriots are next in action as they host the Benton Rangers on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.