Lynx remaining calm as they eye fourth straight volleyball state title

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It's a sense of pride at this point for the Dimond High School volleyball team.

“Going out my senior year, every year Dimond volleyball, they’ve won state," senior Madelyn Shockey says.

It's a legacy that no Lynx wants to let down: win state volleyball.

But this year it feels different. Maybe that's because the Lynx are going for their fourth straight title, a feat that hasn't been done since Virgil Hooe's Service teams in the early 90's.

“A lot of people want to see us fail. We just use that as our motivation and our push to win," senior Alissa Pili says. "Our push to go even harder and to win this fourth straight title.”

Dimond is led by 10 seniors, and each and every one of them is dying to go out as a state champion.

Shockey and fellow senior Mia Ekstrand say it would be great to make history for Dimond.

Their coach couldn't be prouder. Kim Lauwers has been doing this for 29 years, and says this team is special.

"But, no matter what happens next week, this is one of my best teams I’ve ever coached,” she said.

So the road to state begins, and when asked if the Lynx think they have this, Alissa Pili said it all.

"We're pretty confident," she said with a chuckle.

Dimond starts state tournament play on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. against Colony at the Alaska Airlines Center.

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