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Members of the Mount Allison Mounties celebrate a point during the ACAA finals Sunday in Bible Hill.
BIBLE HILL - Nothing was going to stop Caila Henderson from winning the ACAA women's volleyball title Sunday in Bible Hill.
Not even bumping her head on the floor while diving for a ball in the final set, which her Mount Allison Mounties team won 16-14 to clinch the crown 3-2 (25-15,17-25,25-23, 29-31, 16-14) over the Saint John Seawolves.
"That just goes to show the drive and determination she has," said Mounties head coach Andrew Kennedy.
It was determination that seemed to filter through the whole team.
The Mounties had to battle just to get to the tournament and after finishing tied for fourth with the NSAC Rams at the end of the regular season, only got in through a tiebreaker. But that only made Sunday's victory sweeter.
"Absolutely," Henderson said. "We had kind of a tough season, pretty rocky, but we all came together at the end."
Now the Mounties are headed to the national championship March 10 to 12 in Saint John.
That never-say-die attitude served the team well as the Mounties needed five sets to get past the Mount St. Vincent Mystics 3-2 (25-23,14-25,25-21,21-25,15-5) in Saturday's semifinal.
"We just played point for point," said Alex Logue-Storr, a Truro native and left side with the Mounties. "If we make a mistake we forget about it and we play for the next point."
That was an important way to approach Sunday's final, which was a roller-coaster affair. After taking a 2-1 lead after three sets, the Mounties stormed out to 7-0 cushion in the fourth before allowing the third-ranked Seawolves back in for a late victory. It could have been an easy spot for the Mounties to pack it in and let the title slip away. Not this group.
"Once you come out of a loss like that it can be pretty easy to get down on yourself," said Debert resident Allison Settle, the Mounties' setter. "But you just have to maintain your composure and whatever team is the most composed after a game like that is probably going to take it."
But it definitely wasn't easy on the 200 people fans or the players.
"It was definitely hard on the nerves," Logue-Storr laughed. "The other team played amazing and they fought for it and that's what we wanted...we wanted a good game."
Settle's brother Carl was in Sunday's men's final, but his defending champion Seawolves were defeated 3-1 (15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25) by the Kings Blue Devils.
All Conference Team
Henderson and NSAC Ram Cassandra Teed, an East Mountain resident, were both named to the conference all-star team. Teed was also named ACAA rookie of the year. The Rams' Becky McDonald cracked the second-team roster. Carl Settle made the men's all-star team.