CARY, N.C. (WNCT) — The D.H. Conley volleyball team didn’t let the loss of two of its players due to COVID-19 protocol stop it from winning the Class 3-A state title on Saturday.
The Vikings beat Cox Mill 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 to win its third state title and first since 2007. The game was played at Green Level High School in Cary.
D.H. Conley finished its season 16-1, winning its last 14 games. Cox Mill, the No. 4 seed out of the West Regional, finished 18-1.
Conley was without Arianna Crumpler and Kylah Silver due to COVID-19 contact tracing. Despite that, the Vikings were able to withstand numerous challenges by the Chargers to win the title. Maddy May, a junior, was named MVP of the state final.
The win capped a one-of-a-kind volleyball season that was in doubt before the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After doubts of ever hitting the court, practice finally began across North Carolina on November 4. Competition followed just 12 short days after, on November 16. The Vikings however, did not see action until the 19th when they faced the New Bern Bears.
D.H. Conley began their season strong with two wins on their slate over New Bern and J.H. Rose. On December 8, the Vikings fell on the road to South Central, the only loss the girls would see all season.
The team learned from its loss and rode a 12-game win-streak into the 3A East Regional Final against cross-town rival, J.H. Rose. Conley claimed the East region 3-1.