Newman Catholic claimed its first state volleyball championship in program history following a 3-0 sweep of Clayton in the Division 4 final.
Freshman Mariah Whalen had 25 kills, while senior Shaefer Rupar had 13 in the win. The Fighting Cardinals complete a perfect postseason without dropping a single set. Previously, Newman had finished as a runner-up last year and in 2009.
"I mean this win is incredible," Rupar said. "Only four teams in the state get to end on a win. And we were one of them. And to bring the gold ball home, we made Newman history and that's just an incredible feeling at this point."
Auburndale played in its first state final in only its third State appearance. After falling behind by two sets, the Apaches came off strong in the third, leading by as many as eight points en route to a 25-18 third set win.
Regis had momentum in the fourth set and took a five-point lead before Auburndale made a late run. The Lady Ramblers ended with a run of its own to take the fourth set, 25-20, and their first state title.
Auburndale completes a postseason that saw the Apaches play four five-set matches, including their semifinal win over Racine St. Catherine's on Friday.
"I think it might have been part of the five game match last night," Auburndale head coach Peggy Empey said.
"It was hard for the girls. They were sore. They were a little bit tired. They still had that passion in them though because they never quit. They pushed and played aggressive all the way to the end."
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