SALINA, Kan. Oh, how sweet it is.
For the first time in school history, Rose Hill and coach Melissa Segovia hoisted a volleyball state championship after knocking off Bishop Miege (25-22, 25-20).
The Stags had won three-straight state championships and seven since 2008. However, the Rockets soared into the record books in 2016.
"These girls have put in so much work through the season both on the court and off the court," Segovia said. "They trusted each other, worked on the little things and put it all together."
Sisters Gracie and Anna Van Driel have anchored a deep Rockets' roster through the season and it was no change on Saturday afternoon.
Gracie picked up the final point on a kill through the middle of the Stags' defense.
"We really work for all of our points," Gracie said. "Everybody gets credit for this. It wasn't just one person who did this, it was a total team effort."
The Rockets fell one victory short of appearing in last year's state tournament and Anna, who is a senior on the Rose Hill roster, said she had this weekend circled once last season had finished.
"With this group of four seniors, we've been at this since our freshman year," Anna said. "It started last year at the end of sub-state. We knew we wanted to work hard this year and it's so special to share this with my sister as well."
The road to a championship did not begin with a bang as Bishop Miege built an early lead in both sets.
The Stags led 12-7 in the first set, but Rose Hill answered with a 12-7 run that brought a 19-19 tie and led to a 25-22 set victory.
"Coach Segovia always tells us to stay relaxed and play our game," Jadan Heinz said. "That's what we had to do, put points up and push through it. We knew we could do it."
Rose Hill defeated Paola (25-17, 25-20)
Bishop Miege defeated Andover Central (25-15, 25-17)
Andover Central defeated Paola (29-27, 25-21)
Rose Hill defeated Bishop Miege (25-22, 25-20)