Lady Raiders claim first volleyball state title

Published 9:42 pm Saturday, October 30, 2021

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Pungo Christian Academy defeated The Albemarle School from Elizabeth City, 3-0, to claim the first volleyball state championship in school history Saturday at home.

The Lady Raiders (20-3) defeated the Colts (15-4) for the third time in four tries, 25-16, 25-12 and 25-22.

PCA lost to Albemarle in the first meeting between the conference rivals, but came back to take the next three, including the conference and state championship matches.

“It feels amazing,” coach Melanie Eddleman said. “We’ve gone a step farther in each of my four years here and I’m so proud of the girls.”

PCA trailed early in the first two sets, then saw a 17-10 lead in the third turn into a 22-22 tie before a time out.

“I told them to keep their foot on the gas and not let up,” Eddleman said. “The gym was packed and there were people here who I haven’t seen in years. Our crowd was loud and that got us very excited. We managed to finish and it’s exciting to make history.”