After winning the North title, Latin Academy was determined to continue its success. And the Dragons did exactly that, beating O’Bryant, 3-0, to win the Boston City League volleyball championship Thursday afternoon at Burke High.
The Dragons beat O’Bryant twice in the regular season, but this decision 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 4-point lead in the first game, which O’Bryant promptly erased. Both teams fought hard throughout, but Latin Academy prevailed, winning, 25-23.
The Dragons’ other two captains, Christina Wong and Victoria Thong, completely dominated the second game. Thong’s tough serving helped give Latin Academy another quick lead and O’Bryant couldn’t recover. Wong, the Dragons’ 5-foot-1-inch libero, served for 8 consecutive points to lead her team to a 25-14 victory.
“In my mind, it’s about getting the serve over and bringing the team together,” said Wong, who acknowledged she has been practicing her serving. “It’s all adrenaline.”
Being ahead, 2-0, was familiar territory for Latin Academy, which had a similar lead in Wednesday’s semifinals against Burke.
The captains once again carried Latin Academy, helping secure 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. 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 next season.
“I know they might look upset right now, but that’s perfectly OK, because I know they’re going to be back next year,” Fisher said. “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 two seniors; most of them are sophomores,” said Cao.
Waring 2, Cambridge Weston 0 — The Wolves were led by goals from freshman Aiden Wood and sophomore Matt Lyman.
Shawsheen 6, Diman 0 — Senior captain Arianna Medeiros scored four goals, leading the Rams to the state vocational title.
Weston 5, Methuen 1 — Sophomore Katherine Goguen scored two goals and senior Bianca Brueckner had three assists for the No. 20 Wildcats.
Reading 1, Needham 0 — Sophomore forward Rachel Thompson netted the winner off a corner play with five minutes left in overtime to lift the Rockets (9-6-3).
Central Catholic 5, Concord-Carlisle 0 — Junior forward Julia Gagne powered the Raiders (10-7-2) with a hat trick. Junior forward Krista Maloney added a goal and an assist, and senior midfielder Kendra Poulin finished with two assists.