Make that 61 in a row.
Carrboro won its 61st consecutive match and its second straight state championship by claiming the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A volleyball title over West Iredell 3-1 (25-15, 17-25, 25-20, 25-18) on Saturday at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.
Carrboro (31-0) had to do something it hadn’t done often this year – come back after dropping a set. When the Jaguars dropped the second set to West Iredell (27-4), it was just the third one out of 96 that it had lost this season.
A long stoppage in play in the third set helped energize Carrboro. The Jaguars were penalized for having a player in the game that was not accounted for on the lineup card. The mistake was caught too late, and player had served two points, so two points were taken away.
“We just poured it on from there on out. Everyone just got mad and frustrated and said ‘To heck with it, we’re going to win every point from here on out,’ ” Carrboro coach Steve Scanga said.
It was championship resolve that Scanga is used to seeing from his players, led by six seniors who drastically changed the program’s prestige.
In the last four years, Carrboro has gone 115-5 overall with a slew of wins against 4A and 3A teams along the way. Carrboro’s best season prior to the arrival of seniors Destiny Cox, Sarah Montross and company was a 19-11 year.
Only one of those five losses came to a team that did not reach a state championship or regional final, and this year’s senior class made it to the 2A East regional final all four years. The first two times, they lost to South Granville and the most recent two appearances, the Jaguars defeated Currituck County en route to a state title.
The last time Carrboro lost a match was the 2015 East final to eventual state champion South Granville.
“It’s amazing to see how we’ve developed over the years,” Montross said. “These last two years, we felt the need to dominate, and we did, and honestly I thank South Granville for that because they gave us that (motivation) to push forward these last two years.”
Cox was named MVP for the second straight year. She had 22 kills and 14 digs.
Montross had 46 assists, and Destinee Dorsey, a sophomore, had 24 digs.
“We played as a family and we showed each have each other’s back in the good and the bad times,” Cox said.
The NCHSAA record for consecutive wins is 79, held by Charlotte Catholic (1999-2002). Jordan won 76 straight from 1989-91.