The Lady Lions of Huntsville’s Alpha Omega Academy had the season of a lifetime, despite losing the TAPPS Class 2A volleyball title match against defending state champions DeSoto Canterbury on Saturday in San Antonio.

According to AOA coach Talara Cox, Canterbury played five seniors who returned from the defending championship team.

Alpha Omega Academy had never played this deep into the playoffs and entered the seminals with the least experienced of the four state tournament teams.

The Lady Lions were victorious against Bulverde Bracken in four sets on Friday to advance to the title match, but fell 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 against Canterbury.

“I’m extremely proud of them, even though we lost,” Cox said after the match. “I feel like it was a victory. It was the best we’ve ever done. Just for us to have the opportunity to play where we did and for us to play good. It was just a great season.”

Four Lady Lions — Dorcie Gillette, Sarah Heaton, Bailey Wakefield and Abby Altom — were named to the all-tournament team.

“We’ve really become better and matured a lot,” Cox added. “You can’t ask for anything better for our seniors, ending out at the state championship. For the other girls to play at such a high level, they just did an amazing job this year. As we’re all kind of getting ready to leave, everybody just didn’t want it to end.”

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