CHARLESTON - Herbert Hoover overcame adversity at every turn this season, but it was too much to ask of the Huskies to do it one more time against tried and tested Oak Glen in Saturday afternoon's West Virginia Class AA state volleyball championship.
The Golden Bears rolled to their third straight title with a dominating straight sets victory against Hoover 25-18, 25-11, 25-14 at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Huskies, who were fifth in the latest RSNsports.com rankings, were playing in their second volleyball final in school history with the first coming in 1996, which was also a state runner-up finish in AAA to Woodrow Wilson.
Hoover, which opened in 1963 as a consolidation of Clendenin and Elkview High Schools, has never won a girls' team championship.
Hoover dropped its first set of Friday's opening round to No. 3 Ritchie County before rallying to win the next three. The Huskies then fell behind Robert C. Byrd in the semis 2-1 before taking the last two sets.
"I felt like we had a hard time recovering from (Friday),'' said Hoover third-year coach Anita King, a former Hoover standout. "Oak Glen played some of the best volleyball of the state tournament.
"They were hitting the line shots and I mean hitting the line at an angle. We were working the backcourt and trying to hit the back line and we would miss it by inches.
"We played the best volleyball of our state tournament (Friday) night. Now, had we met up last night (with Oak Glen? ... I'm proud of everything (our players) did.''
Top-ranked Oak Glen dropped one set en route to its sixth championship to go along with ones in 1997-1998, 2008, 2011-12.
"We just played our relaxed game and kept our heads cool,'' Oak Glen coach Ethel Risersaid. "We didn't get upset if they got a point. We have done the drills in practice and they know what to do. When they get on the court, my job is basically done.''
Golden Bears seniors Morgan Poling and Vanessa Hissam and sophomore Alexandra Arnott were all-tournament picks.
Class A Championship
Wirt County d. Tyler Consolidated
20-25, 25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 15-12
Despite 18 kills, 13 points, 12 blocks and three digs from Megan Carpenter, Tyler Consolidated fell to Wirt County in a five-set thriller for the Class A championship.
Ariel Fish added 10 points, nine digs, seven kills and five blocks for the Silver Knights, while Kerstyn Cline had 38 assists, 15 digs and five points. Bridget Matthews contributed 15 kills, six points and and five blocks.
Cline, Matthews and Carpenter were named to the all-tournament team along with Magnolia's Mallory Champman.