The third consecutive postseason meeting between Faith Academy and San Antonio Legacy Prep was just what the doctor ordered for the latter team who took a 3-2 decision to advance to the 1A state championship.
It was a hard-fought battle with three of the final four sets being determined by only two points although it was the Rams who rattled off three set wins after the Lady Knights claimed the first two to advance to the ultimate stage.
“The third time was the charm for Legacy against us,” said Faith head coach Joshua McLain. “They played a great last three sets and we couldn’t get a big run together late. Even in the games we won I felt we left more out there. We settled for getting by. It came down to who was going to make the plays. Legacy made two more in the end than we did, and they won.”
Still, it was the third straight state tournament appearance that McLain understands doesn’t happen in every part of the state every year.
“We had a great journey and finished with 30 wins again and a third straight trip to the state tournament. Not many teams can say that,” he said. “I feel for this team that they couldn't end the third trip with a championship. My hope is everything that went into this season will be a life lesson to them and they grow from the wins, losses and everything in between.”
At the end of the day, it’s the pinnacle of the sport and the Lady Knights appreciated the environment they were able to perform in front of once again.
“It was an exciting environment for sure, our fans were great,” McLain added. “Lots of long points and we just came up short. In moments like these, as a coach, I can only chalk it up to divine intervention as to why a loss like this happens. It was the other team's time and season, not ours.”
Faith Academy finished its 2019 campaign on a 31-9-1 clip following a 16th consecutive district title and had Regan Woodley and Marissa Pryzborski honored with all-tournament team commendations.