It was so close — yet so far — for the Millennium girls volleyball team. In the 2019 AIA 5A girls volleyball championship final, Millennium started strong and battled fiercely before losing 25-15, 21-25, 18-25, 25-14 and 14-16.
The roles were reversed last year, with Millennium topping Sunnyslope.
“They’re such a good team, so it’s hard to describe just how much this means,” said Sunnyslope junior Michelle Jung.
Leading 13-7 in a final set to 15, Millennium seemed like it would repeat.
But Sunnyslope refused to concede, winning six consecutive points to force a tie and ultimately squeak out a nail-biting finish.
Top-seeded Millennium mostly ran dominant through its 2019 5A regular season.
The Tigers came out hot, utilizing defense to mitigate Sunnyslope’s best spikes, hits and attacks — while keeping points long to entice the Vikings into unforced errors. On the offensive end, Millennium hit slick shots into the hard-to-cover corners to score points.
Sunnyslope retooled to take the second set, minding themselves not to miss the same shots they did during the first round.
The Vikings continued to dominate in the third set, breezing to a relatively-easy third-set win and deflating the Tiger team, who previously did not trail during any matches all tournament.
Millennium would not go away so quietly. A bitter battle to the end ensued between the two teams, but ultimately the Tigers pulled away and forced a tiebreaker.
Millennium finished with an impressive 35-9 record.
The 2019 team:
Clair Lazarowski, Vivian Pham, Hannah Waters, Jocelyn Chavez Rivas, Bianca Perez, Calli Johnson, Jordan Miller, Annabella Blowers, Amberly Blowers, Olivia Flanagan, Eryn Jones, Hailey Hoff, Kaylee Lopresto and Kylie Waters.