Entering Saturday’s Class I Volleyball State Championship at Mississippi State, Our Lady Academy was already considered one of Mississippi’s best volleyball programs regardless of classification.
The Lady Crescents (34-4) proved that again, taking down Coast rival Resurrection 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17 for the second straight year in the Finals. The Lady Crescents’ sweep was their 12th title in school history and the school’s sixth-straight.
OLA coach Mike Meyers has created a culture, which not a single player on the team knows anything other than winning state championships.
“We have developed a very tight-woven tradition,” Meyers said. “From year to year as new girls come in and older girls graduate, that tradition stays."
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OLA was led by two-time Sun Herald Player of the Year and MaxPreps All-American Emma Funk. She was strong in her final high school game. The senior finished with 22 kills and two blocks. Sophomore Rebecca Walk who led the team with 26 kills and five blocks. Margaret Spencer White added six kills.
“Emma has been a four-year starter and Becca is just a sophomore and a three-year starter,” Meyers said. “They make us an offensive powerhouse. They hit the ball hard at people. We also have Lizzy Mirandy and Margaret Spencer White that when the ball gets set out there, they’re hitting the ball hard, too. We have a great combination.”
For Resurrection (25-8) getting back to the title game two years in a row was a sign that Keith Tucker’s team continues to make the turn. The Lady Eagles lost five seniors two years ago and four last year. The Lady Eagles only lose players next season.
“We knew we had some growing to do but they put in a bunch of work to get here. I’m so pleased with the improvement and excited about next year’s possibilities,” Tucker said. “I’ve got high hopes. There’s nothing like getting to this game. Hopefully we can make that next step.”