SHADY HILLS — Undefeated all season long, Bishop McLaughlin had one more stepping stone to jump on before reaching the Class 3A state championship and that was getting by Jacksonville Christ’s Church Academy in the state semifinals.
The Hurricanes made sure they took care of the Eagles in timely fashion and won in four sets, 25-23, 17-25, 25-18, 28-26 to move on for the opportunity to win the school’s first state championship in any sport. Bishop McLaughlin improves to 30-0 on the season and has been a dominant force in 2018.
This Bishop McLaughlin team has only lost five sets the entire season and despite dropping one of the four sets to Christ’s Church Academy, the Hurricanes knew heading in this was going to be one of their toughest matches of the entire year. Hurricanes Coach Douglas Chinchar said that this was the team’s toughest test yet.
“I would say that was definitely our toughest match all year and we knew it was going to be,” Chinchar said. “We’ve worked all year long on our passing and ball control. Our passing and ball control throughout the match never faltered.”
The school has never had a sports program reach the state championship game, as the baseball program under Jeff Swymer has made a couple state semifinals and the beach volleyball team made a state title game. Winning a state crown would be a first for the Hurricanes.
“This is new for Bishop,” Chinchar said about reaching the state title game. “We have the baseball team that’s made a couple final fours and the beach volleyball team made states last year. But all of this is new for Bishop McLaughlin.”