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OLA captures 10th state volleyball championship

The Crescents of Our Lady Academy celebrate their Class I state title after beating St. Andrew's three games to one on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in the MHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt, Miss.
The Crescents of Our Lady Academy celebrate their Class I state title after beating St. Andrew's three games to one on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in the MHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt, Miss.

MADISON -- The dynasty continues for OLA.

After falling short in the first set 25-23 the Lady Crescents dominated the rest of the match defeating St. Andrew's the next three sets 25-12, 25-17, 25-8 to claim the MHSAA Volleyball Class I state championship at Germantown on Saturday afternoon.

It is OLA's (24-12) fourth straight Class I state championship and 10th state title in school history. OLA has won more state titles than any school in Mississippi.

"We came out nervous in the first set and made some errors," said OLA coach Mike Meyers. "After that we came out aggressive and didn't make mistakes and played our brand of volleyball."

Emma Funk had 11 points and 33 kills to lead the Lady Crescents.

"I felt like the pressure was getting to us in the first set," Funk said. "After that we settled down and just played our game. It feels amazing."

Mary Rimmer had 14 points and 18 kills for the Lady Crescents. Hannah Gest had eight points and 46 assists for OLA.

Funk and Rimmer led the Crescents in scoring all season, averaging double digits in service points and kills. They were the only returning starters from year's state championship team.

"I just had to step up and be a leader when I needed to," Wawrek said. "Glad to go out on top." "We had a good tempo going in the second set," Funk said. "Once we get going we are hard to stop."

Carson Cuevas had 9 points for OLA. Alia Tayara and Abby Koons added eight points for the Lady Crescents.

OLA only had one senior this year in Madison Wawrek. The Lady Crescents' chances for a fifth straight title looks promising next season.

"We've been good volleyball for the last six weeks," Meyers said. "We had a very young team this year, so the future is bright."

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