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D.H. Conley volleyball sweeps Cox Mill to win 3A state title

Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 7:38 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2021 at 11:53 PM EST
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CARY, N.C. (WITN) - For the third time in school history, and first time since 2007, the Lady Vikings are state champions. No. 1 D.H. Conley (16-1) swept No. 4 Cox Mill (18-1) to win the NCHSAA 3A title Saturday night at Green Level High School in Cary.

1st Set: 25-23 | 2nd Set: 25-23 | 3rd Set: 25-23

“To get here and win it just is kind of the icing on the cake,” said D.H. Conley head coach Jennifer Gillikin. “This has been a very challening season with all the COVID protocols, and having to deal with quarantines and players having to be out for 14 days, but this group has just persevered through the whole thing.”

The Lady Vikings were able to overcome the absence of Arianna Crumpler and Kylah Silver, who were both out due to COVID-19 contact tracing.

Junior hitter Maddy May was named 3A State Championship MVP. She led the Lady Vikings with ten kills.

“I think our team culture this season is really a testament to our seniors,” said May afterwards. “They have led and done a great job, and I think we wanted to win for them. They’re just such a great group.”

Senior Olivia Lefever was honored with the NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award prior to the championship match.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my volleyball career,” said Lefever. “I mean, I had chills during that whole last set thinking, ‘Wow, I’m going to end it this way.’”

D.H. Conley has now won state titles in 1986, 2007 and 2020.

3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS (VIA HIGH SCHOOL OT)

D.H. CONLEY POSTGAME ZOOM

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