November 9, 2016

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy's girl varsity volleyball team clenched their second OCSAA (Ohio Christian School Athletic Association) state title this Saturday with a five-set win over the undefeated Ohio Valley Christian Defenders.  The Lady Highlanders' last varsity state title was in 2012.  

The Highlanders sputtered at the outset dropping the first set, but quickly recovered to take sets two and three, 25-20, 25-18.  Beautiful, well-disciplined team play was on full display but things took a turn in the fourth, sending the championship match to a fifth and final set to 15 points.  The Highlanders managed to regain their composure and roared out of the gate to a 6-0 lead.  Tough serving, in-system passing and powerful finishing at the net restored the team’s confidence.  The Highlanders would not look back, winning 9 of the last 17 points to secure the state title at 15-8.

First year Head Coach Sam Ricketts attributed the winning performance to "beautiful team play" and "experience with high pressure situations."

"Our girls have learned how to respond to difficulty because they were challenged all during the regular season.  The pressure was not new to them," Ricketts commented.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy’s girls varsity volleyball won their second Ohio Christian School Athletic Association state title.