The Kennett junior varsity volleyball team with its first-place plaques following its win against Caruthersville in the championship of the Bootheel Conference volleyball tournament Thursday.
Kennett improved to 16-4-1 with the victory and has yet to lose a game to a Bootheel Conference team in 2012.
"These girls have worked hard all season," Kennett coach Kristy Green said. "I couldn't be more proud of them. They have come out and been aggressive in every game.
"Tonight I think they were a little nervous," Green continued. "They knew there was a great deal at stake. They played hard and were able to come out of it with a championship. They deserve it and worked hard for it."
Kennett played from behind for most of the first set. Caruthersville scored the first three points of the match and built an early 9-2 lead. Kennett trailed 18-16 before it scored eight straight points to take its first lead of the game and move ahead 24-18.
Caruthersville scored the next five points to trim the lead to 24-23, but never tied Kennett after falling behind in set 1.
"Both sets were back and forth," Green said.
The second set was tied 3-3, 4-4, 11-11, 12-12 and 15-15. Neither team led by more than four until Kennett took an 18-13 lead late in set 2. Kennett never trailed after going on top 16-15.
"I felt like some of our bigger hitters didn't accumulate as many stats," Green said. "It took a team effort tonight. That's good for the team and all the girls."
Kennett will play at Senath-Hornersville Monday.
"These girls are ready to play ball anytime," Green said. "That's why they won a championship tonight."
The Kennett junior varsity volleyball team scrambles after a ball Thursday at Malden. [Order this photo]