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High School Volleyball

Championship Volleyball: BGA makes history, captures first title

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Championship Volleyball – Battle Ground Academy vs. Concord Christian

MURFREESBORO – Kyra Hampton felt instant relief Thursday after teammate Jessi Meghreblian served up the final point in the Division II-A state volleyball championship.

The junior setter for Battle Ground Academy reached out to her closest teammate – Gillian Baisden – before both were mobbed by the rest of the team at center court at Middle Tennessee Christian School.

Job finished. State champions for the first time.

The BGA girls, who reached the state stage last year for the first time in nearly a decade only to exit after two quick losses, dominated en route to stopping upstart Concord Christian 25-19, 25-20, 26-24 on Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats entered the state tournament with a 9-33 record on the big stage having never won or even played for a state title. They left winners of three straight matches and a championship trophy in hand.

“Everyone on our team has had the same goal and we've all been working together really hard and now that we finally made it here and we finally won, it's just such, like, a weight off our shoulders,” said Hampton, who was named the MVP. “It just feels so good. It’s such a big accomplishment.”

Hampton closed with 33 assists, five kills and six digs in the title match and consistently spread the ball to her hitters. Mac Huntington produced another big night on the outside with 17 kills, while Baisden closed with 10 kills from the middle. Izzy Northam tacked on a match-high 15 digs to go with five assists.

“We showed exactly who we are and who we are as a program,” Northam said. “It is amazing.”

BGA clinched the program’s first championship in front of nearly the whole school as well. Bus loads of BGA students created a rowdy atmosphere unmatched to that point in the state tournament.