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For the fourth consecutive year, the Titans punched their ticket to the state finals, this time in a rematch of the 2014 state championship match with Westminster. Blessed Trinity won the season's first meeting between the two schools, but Westminster bested the Titans during the area championship match.
The Titans held a lead for a good part of the first set, only to see it slip away at the end, losing the first set 25-21. In the second set, the coaching staff changed the lineup to one that the team had not even practiced, rolling the dice and counting on the players' abilities to adjust. Down 23-22 and just two points away from going down two sets to none, the Titans ran off three straight points to take the second set 25-23.
The teams traded blows throughout the beginning of the third set before the Titans built a large lead, ultimately taking the set 25-18. But in the fourth set, the Titans found themselves down 12-4 before storming back to tie the set at 14. It was nip and tuck all the way through the rest of the set, but even with the Titans serving for the match at 24-23, Westminster came back to take the set 26-24.
Blessed Trinity fell behind 3-1 in the fifth and deciding set, but then ran off an 8-2 run to take a commanding 9-5 lead. Moments later, the Titans held on for a 15-12 fifth set victory.
"What a battle," an exhausted Coach Stevens remarked after the match. "Both teams went back and forth for almost two and a half hours before this one was decided. But in the end, I'm so proud of the players and their ability to make the necessary in-game adjustments that helped us win the match. This season was not an easy one, with us fighting through so many injuries and so much adversity, but that really makes the championship win that much more meaningful."
The team finished with a record of 42-18, identical to the 2006 team that won the program's first state championship, also in an epic 5-set win over Westminster. The Titans won back-to-back championships for the first time in program history, and have now won three out of the last four championships and four out of the last six, as well as five overall. Congratulations, Titans!
Congratulations Coach Stevens!
Coach Stevens earned his 500th head coaching victory over Tennessee High School at the Early Bird Invitational Tournament, becoming only the eighth coach in state history to reach that milestone. Congratulations!
Blessed Trinity Wins Fourth State Championship!
The Titans returned to the state championship match in 2014 for the third consecutive year, this time to face Westminster in hostile territory. The Wildcats had bested the Titans twice earlier in the season, but it was Blessed Trinity's day as the Titans swept Westminster 3-0.
The Titans trailed early in all three sets but were able to come back each time. In the first set, Blessed Trinity pulled away midway through the set to earn a 25-17 win. In the second, the Titans worked a 22-17 lead, but almost let it slip away as Westminster closed to 22-21. But Blessed Trinity took 3 of the final 4 points to take the set 25-22. In the final set, the Titans led 14-12 when Andrea Soares served 10 straight points to give Blessed Trinity a commanding 24-12 lead. BT ultimately closed out the set and the match 25-13.
"We came in to the match with a solid game plan that we had practiced for three weeks," said Blessed Trinity coach Paul Stevens after the match. "That said, you can have the best game plan in the world and it won't mean anything if the players don't execute it properly. But these girls gave a nearly flawless performance today and finished the season as champions. I'm so very proud of this team, their amazing execution, and their terrific heart."
The team finished the season 52-11, the third consecutive 50-win season for BT, giving Blessed Trinity volleyball more victories during the last three years than any other school in Georgia.
Blessed Trinity Wins Serve for the Cure Tournament!
The varsity volleyball team won the 2014 Serve for the Cure Tournament in impressive fashion. The team won five pool play matches in straight sets over Cambridge, Columbus, Notre Dame (TN), East Coweta, and McIntosh to begin the tournament before winning playoff matches over Chattahoochee and Columbus in straight sets.
The tournament finals pitted Blessed Trinity against rival Westminster, and it was close throughout. The Titans pulled away at the end of the first set to win 25-21. After being down by as many as six points, the Titans battled back to tie the second set at 21 before falling 25-23. Down 13-11 in the third set, Blessed Trinity rallied for a 15-13 win and the tournament championship.
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Blessed Trinity Wins Third State Championship!
All three sets in the championship match were hotly contested. In the first set, the Titans found themselves down 24-23 before a critical dig by Molly McAlvany and block by Sarah Parker and Jessica Holler reversed the momentum and propelled the team to a 26-24 first set win. After beginning the second set down 7-1, the Titans rallied to tie the game at 13 before falling behind 22-18. But the team finished the second set by winning seven of the final eight points for a 25-23 victory. In the third set, both teams traded points and leads throughout until late in the set. The Titans overcame four set points for St. Pius before senior Ashley MacDonald came off the bench to serve the winning point, 30-28. Though the match score was 3-0, the Titans won a nail-biter in each one!
"There's no question that this team had tremendous talent," said Blessed Trinity coach Paul Stevens after the match. "But talent alone doesn't win championships. This team's chemistry, the way they played for each other rather than themselves, the fact that they realized that they were fighting for something greater than self - that's what propelled them to victory. I'm so proud of these players and their amazing character."
The team finished the season 54-2, giving the team a 0.964 win percentage, the fourth best performance by any volleyball team in Georgia history.
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Blessed Trinity Wins Third Consecutive Area Championship!
The Titans captured their third area championship in a row with a 3-0 shutout victory over St. Pius. In addition, Maggie Rick, Amber MacDonald, and Molly McAlvany were named to the All-Area Team, Jessica Holler was named Area Player of the Year, and Coach Stevens was named Area Coach of the Year!
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Serve for the Cure 2012 Most Successful Ever!
The 2012 edition of the annual varsity Serve for the Cure Invitational Tournament was the most successful ever! On the court, the team went 7-1 before losing a hard-fought match to McIntosh in the finals. But more importantly, the team raised over $8,000 for breast cancer research!
Blessed Trinity Wins 2012 JV BT Invitational Tournament!
The JV Titans went 8-0 at the 2012 JV Blessed Trinity Invitational, becoming the first JV team ever to win the tournament! The team won all five matches in pool play without dropping a set, besting Woodward, Northview, Chattahoochee, Westminster, and Columbus. The Titans defeated Wesleyan in the first round and Johns Creek in the semifinals, both in straight sets. In the finals, the Titans dropped the first set to Marist, only to come back with a big win in the second set before pulling out a nail-biter in the third set, 15-13!
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Blessed Trinity Wins 2012 Choo Choo Classic Tournament!
The Titans spent Labor Day weekend in East Ridge, Tennessee at the 26th annual Choo Choo Classic Tournament, a 32 team tournament featuring strong teams from the southeast. During Friday night's pool play, the Titans defeated Chattanooga Central (TN) in straight sets and Girls Prep School (TN) and Father Ryan (TN) in three sets. During Saturday morning pool play, the Titans used strong performances to top Dobyns-Bennett (TN), Sullivan South (TN), and Walker Valley (TN) in straight sets.
The playoff portion of the tournament began Saturday afternoon, and the Titans cruised past Cleveland (TN) and Farragut (TN) in straight sets. During the semifinals, the Titans lost the first set for the first time all season, but rallied back in the second and third sets to defeat Sullivan South (TN). The tournament finals were a rematch of the first match of the morning against a strong Dobyns-Bennett team. The Titans rallied back from four-point deficits in both sets to take the match in two.
The Titans went 10-0 during the tournament and have won their first 20 matches of 2012, their best start ever!
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Blessed Trinity Wins 2011 Area Championship in Record-Setting Fashion!
In a match eerily reminiscent of the 2006 State Championship, the Titans stormed back after being down two sets to none to take the area championship 3-2! Along the way, the Titans set or tied several school records. The team set the school record for assists in a match (a performance that ranks third all-time in the state) and tied school records for kills and digs in a match. Also, Maggie Rick set a school record for assists in a match with 54 (which ranks fifth all-time in the state), and Mary Carter Thornton added a school record 41 digs in the match, which qualifies as the second best performance in state history!
At the end of the night, Maggie Rick, Abby Feruck, Molly McAlvany, and Jessica Holler were named to the All-Area Team. In addition, Mary Carter Thornton was selected as the Area Player of the Year, and Coach Paul Stevens was selected as the Area Coach of the Year.
Blessed Trinity Takes First Place at the 2011 Brentwood Invitational Tournament!
The Titans traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to compete in the annual Brentwood Invitational, an elite tournament with 32 strong teams from the southeast. In pool play on Friday night, the Titans won straight set victories over Dickson County (TN), Hoover (AL), and Karns (TN). The second round of pool play began Saturday morning, and the Titans won three straight matches by two points each in the deciding game over Dobyns-Bennett (TN), Centennial (TN), and Houston (TN).
The playoffs began on Saturday afternoon, and the team defeated North Gwinnett (GA) in straight sets before pulling off a come from behind win over Pelham (AL). In the semi-finals, the Titans defeated Grissom (AL) in three sets. The Titans then played host school Brentwood (TN) in the championship match. The team jumped out to an early lead in game 1 and held on to take the game 25-23. In the second game, the Titans sprinted to a 9-0 lead and never looked back, winning the game 25-12 and the championship with a 10-0 record!
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Blessed Trinity Wins the 2010 State Championship!
After a four year absence from the state finals, the Titans stormed back to the title game in 2010. The Titans did not drop a single game in the state tournament, winning shutout victories over Providence Christian, Savannah Christian, Our Lady of Mercy, and Lovett en route to the championship match against Athens Academy.
Game one was close from start to finish, but the Titans used a late push to take the first game 25-22. With the Titans down 8-7 in the second game, two service runs vaulted the team to a 15-9 lead, and they never looked back, capturing the second game 25-15. In game three, the Titans sprinted to leads of 12-4, 17-7, and 22-10, ultimately winning the game 25-16 and the match 3 games to none.
"This team was so special," said Blessed Trinity coach Paul Stevens after the match. "They have so much talent, but more importantly, they play with such joy and passion. The coaching staff knew that we had something special all the way back in August, and the players didn't disappoint. I'm so happy for this team, and for this group of seniors, that they know what it feels like to be called champions."
Blessed Trinity Captures 2006 State Championship Title in Dramatic Fashion
The newspaper's headline may have called them "Blessed," but for Blessed Trinity's varsity volleyball team it was believing in the "Trinity" that saw them through a phenomenal state championship victory. The third time truly was the charm when the Lady Titans went up against the defending state champs, Westminster, in as many years.
The championship match went to five games, with Westminster getting an early lead winning the first two games. During the third game, the Lady Titans faced three Westminster match points only to dig themselves out to a 27-25 win. In the fourth game, BT broke through early and kept an impressive lead, winning 25-11. Throughout the fifth and final game, the Lady Titans kept killing and digging to triumph as the comeback kids of the state tournament with a 15-13 victory.
"What an incredible match," said a beaming Paul Stevens, head BT volleyball coach, who admittedly lost all composure when the final whistle blew. "To come back from such a deficit took every single player on the team believing - believing in themselves, believing in each other, and believing we could do it. Even when things weren't looking good for us, no one on this team gave up. I can't say enough about the character and the heart of this team, and our seniors did an amazing job setting that tone for the team."