Written by Richard Skinner of nky.com
One year after finishing as runner-up in the Touchstone Energy All 'A' Classic State Volleyball Tournament, Holy Cross turned in a dominating performance to win the championship.
The Indians won three pool-play matches and three matches in the single-elimination championship bracket without losing a single game, and defeated Bardstown Bethlehem in the final, 25-16, 25-12, on Saturday in Paducah.
"The expression on the girls' faces when we won I won't forget," said Holy Cross coach Becky Houston. "They set a big goal for themselves, kept focus and reached that goal."
Each of the 16 regional champions was placed into four, four-team pools with the winner and runner-up in those pools advancing to the single-elimination championship bracket.
After the Indians rolled through their poll, they beat Community Christian in the first round of the championship bracket and downed Allen Central in the semifinals to reach the championship match.
Holy Cross senior Jayden Julian was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and three of her teammates also made the all-tournament team: Abbey Tally, Megan Krumpelman and Georgia Childers. All four started on last year's team.
"We're looking forward to continuing our year and we're going to look at some more goals, but we're just celebrating tonight," said Houston. "It's just about appreciating each other and this team is just so much fun."