GEORGETOWN —The emotion was real and the celebratory screams were genuine following Armstrong-Potomac senior Rachel Miles’ final kill of the Vermilion County volleyball tournament championship match.
The Trojans finally broke through, defeating the Salt Fork Storm 25-21, 25-22 to secure their first County title since 2001. And making the experience of hoisting this year’s plaque even more special was returning to the championship match after falling short last year to the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils in what would be their last in a run of nine consecutive titles.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Miles said. “Toward the end of the game, I could just feel it. I could feel that we were going to have this championship. Words can’t even describe what it felt like to be a part of it.”
Armstrong-Potomac’s first title in 12 years proved to be worth the wait, and was something the Trojans anticipated could be possible at the beginning of the season. Following last year’s loss, they were determined to have a special season and began working hard during the offseason to make it possible. It all came to fruition on Monday, and served as a bittersweet sendoff for the team’s four seniors.
“We knew coming into this that if we worked hard during the summer — we had workouts every single day,” Miles said. “We worked hard. We worked our way to the top and we knew that this was our goal.”
The Trojans (20-5) trailed for much of the first set until Miles got her first kill of the match to pull Armstrong-Potomac to within 13-12 on a set from Morgan Zindars. The kill was just the spark they needed to jump start a comeback and lead them to the title.
“Rachel really set us off with that one,” Armstrong-Potomac junior Macey Williams said. “It just made us believe that we could get this, that we were going to get this tonight. That’s where it all started.”