After winning the North conference, Latin Academy was determined to continue its success and did exactly that by beating O’Bryant, 3-0, to win the Boston City League championship Thursday afternoon at Burke High.
The Lady Dragons swept O’Bryant twice in the regular season but this one wasn’t only more important, it also helped them gain revenge from last year when they were eliminated by the Tigers in the semifinals.
Captain Alex Wilson helped give her team an early four-point lead in the first set which O’Bryant promptly erased. Both teams fought hard throughout the set but Latin Academy prevailed, winning 25-23.
The Dragons other two captains, Christina Wong and Victoria Thong, completely dominated the second set. Thong’s tough serving helped give Latin Academy another quick lead that O’Bryant wasn’t able to recover from. Wong, the Dragons five-foot-one libero, served for eight consecutive points to lead her team to a 25-14 victory in that set.
“In my mind it’s about getting the serve over and bringing the team together,” said Wong who admitted she has been significantly practicing on her serving. “It’s all adrenaline.”
Being ahead 2-0 going into the third set was familiar territory for Latin Academy which had a similar lead in Wednesday’s semifinals against Burke. However, unlike the semis, the Dragons didn’t allow a rally this time.
The captains once again carried Latin Academy with incredible serving and hitting, securing the championship with a 25-19 victory.
While the Dragons celebrated its feat, O’Bryant coach Trudy Fisher gathered her girls to remind them of their accomplishments this season. Despite losing both times, this was the Tigers second-consecutive trip to the finals. Fisher also reminded her team to be proud of its south conference championship and to use the experience as motivation for the upcoming season.
“I know they might look upset right now but that’s perfectly okay because I know they’re going to be back next year,” Fisher exclaimed. “Give Latin Academy credit because they deserve it. They outplayed us today.”
As for the Dragons, they’ll celebrate what coach Phuong Cao called a “sweet win” with much optimism for a repeat in the future.
“We only have 2 seniors; most of them are sophomores,” said Cao about his young roster. “We’re going to have another run in the next couple of years. I’m looking forward to next season.”
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