There was a whole lot going on in the high-school sports world over the past few days, beginning with the Sunapee volleyball team in its first trip to the championship game since 2006.
And much to the delight of the dozens of fans in Green and White who made the trek up to Plymouth State, it was third-ranked Sunapee who left celebrating a 3-1 victory over 4th-seeded Winnisquam to claim the program’s first title since 1999. And unlike the Lakers’ previous 18 games heading into Friday night’s championship, it took 4 sets for coach Tom Rainey’s team to claim the victory, with wins in the first, third and fourth sets.
The victory also avenged Sunapee’s only loss of the regular season when the team was swept by the Bears back in September, and rounded out an impressive 19-1 overall record.
The win was especially satisfying for the team’s five seniors in Katie Titus, Haley Emery, Laura Sullivan, Rachel Malanga and Abby Palin, who all headed into the season egar to erase memories of three straight losses in the semifinals.
And the team was given a well-deserved escort back into town after Friday’s victory, as members of the Sunapee police and fire departments greeted the team’s bus for a victory lap around Sunapee harbor.