It was an amazing season whose ending broke hearts across the school. Nevertheless, this season was nothing short of special. It was an undefeated season for the team. They even won an ECIC championship to go along with it. Sweet Home seemed destined for another sectionals title, which would be their second in as many years. The team would head into sectionals as the number one seed for Division 2A, and had a bye in pre-quarters. They would face either the eight seed Hamburg, or the nine seed Williamsville East in the quarter finals. Hamburg took that match with a 3-0 final, meaning Hamburg would face off against Sweet Home, with Sweet Home having a home court advantage.
The Panther Pit was electric for Sweet Home and there were constant chants and nothing but support for the boys to start the match. However, Hamburg wouldn?t let the noise get to them. The first set would go to Hamburg, with a score of 27-25. They had stunned Sweet Home early on in the match. Already down, Sweet Home was hoping to rebound in the next set. After some back and forth action throughout the set, Hamburg shocked Sweet Home once again taking the second set with a score of 25-22. Sweet Home, down 2-0 in the match, knew how important the next set was. Assuming Hamburg took this next set, the season would be over for Sweet Home.
With their backs against the wall, Sweet Home took the third set 25-20. This would give Sweet Home some spark and it would give the pit some life heading into the next set. With some added confidence, and the crowd getting back into the match, Sweet Home would take the next set pretty handily, coming out with a score of 25-16. Emotions were flying high and Sweet Home had shown great heart and resilience coming back in this match. This would mean one final set wit the winner moving on to the semi-finals. Each team would exchange points throughout the set, but with the score being 14-13 and Sweet Home being down in the set, they needed a big play to tie it up. That unfortunately didn?t happen. One final Kill from Hamburg and just like that the season was over. The loss couldn?t have come in a more heartbreaking fashion. Being down 2-0 in the match, to come back and tie it all up, only to lose in the final set.
While it was an unfortunate way to end the year, this season still had its great moments. One thing is for sure, Sweet Home played with amazing pride and heart throughout the season. It?s not a good feeling for the seniors who will have to move on from their Sweet Home volleyball careers on this note. A lot of memories were made over the previous two or three years from by our seniors. From last years sectionals win to this years undefeated regular season, it was one hell of a ride. This season will go down in disappointment, but who knows, maybe next year will be a completely different story.
Only time will tell.