Goodpasture wins fifth straight volleyball title

Goodpasture wins fifth straight volleyball title

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Goodpasture wins fifth straight volleyball title

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MURFREESBORO — Goodpasture became just the third program in TSSAA history to claim five consecutive state volleyball championships by sweeping South Greene on Friday at Murphy Center.

Goodpasture head coach Lynn Dearing celebrates winning the TSSAA Class A Volleyball Championship match against South Greene Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Goodpasture head coach Lynn Dearing celebrates winning the TSSAA Class A Volleyball Championship match against South Greene Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“For them to win five in a row against that kind of pressure, I’m so proud of them,” Lady Cougars coach Lynn  Dearing said after her team’s 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 triumph over the Lady Rebels in the Class A final. “We put a lot of pressure on high school kids, and I just thought that they rose to the occasion, played as a team and absolutely created an atmosphere where they would not be denied.

“I promise if it’s our first or our fifth I’m equally proud.”

Only Brentwood (1998-2002) and defunct Chattanooga Kirkman (1976-80) have also won five straight volleyball championships.

Goodpasture (33-8), which has a 201-27 (.882) record over the last five seasons, started slow, falling behind South Greene 12-7 in the opening game.

It didn’t take long to turn things around for the Lady Cougars, who claimed six of the final seven points to claim a four-point first set victory.

“There were definitely some nerves there — you just feel a little pit in your stomach,” senior middle hitter Jordan Jones said of her squad’s sluggish start. “We knew what to do. We just had to play our game at our speed, and we did it. I had complete and total faith in us.”

Goodpasture's Ellie Fox dives to bump the ball to her teammates during their TSSAA Class A Volleyball Championship match against South Greene Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Goodpasture’s Ellie Fox dives to bump the ball to her teammates during their TSSAA Class A Volleyball Championship match against South Greene Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

They proceeded to close things out with two more narrow wins.

Jones, along with three other Goodpasture seniors, concluded their careers with four consecutive state titles.

“It’s insane,” Jones said. “We knew we could do it, we knew that we had what it took and we put forth all the effort necessary. It takes a good team, it takes a great coach and it takes a great God, and we did it.”

That fact that Goodpasture is bound for Division II next year only made Friday’s win sweeter.

“We did not talk about that with the girls, but the coaches and I said that we wanted to leave Division I (Class) A having closure,” Dearing said. “I have a lot of respect for South Greene and a lot of respect for that program, and I wanted them to remember the last time they played Goodpasture.

“I think they will.”

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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Goodpasture celebrates winning the TSSAA Class A Volleyball Championship match against South Greene Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Goodpasture celebrates winning the TSSAA Class A Volleyball Championship match against South Greene Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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