Before the Vancleave volleyball program ever won it all, this year’s senior class of 2021 was Christina Daigle’s first ever middle school class before she was ever the varsity coach.
That’s what they call full circle as the Lady Bulldogs won their fourth consecutive state championship on Saturday with a three nothing sweep over Pontotoc in the 4A state title match.
Vancleave got the job done by taking those sets 25-12, 25-11, and 25-16 which means this year’s group of seniors never ended a season with a loss.
The first two crowns came under the watch of Haley Chatham and the Lady Bulldogs kept the train rolling with a coach that’s all too familiar with how hard it is to do what they just did. “I grew up playing sports. I played multiple sports. I have three brothers who played sports. I’m married. My husband – he played sports – and none of us have ever won any kind of state title. And my husband and I joke about it all the time, they’re probably numb to it at this point. But it’s extremely rare to win a state championship and so, for these girls to win four in their career is truly exceptional. I mean it’s remarkable. But these girls, I’ve never met a group of kids who are more driven and more competitive.”
Vancleave didn’t even lose a set during this year’s playoff run, going a perfect 12-0.