Never in the state tournament's 30-year history has a school from outside of Louisville or Northern Kentucky won a championship.
Nor has a public school team.
In fact, no public school or school from outside of the geographical giants of Kentucky volleyball been able to even play in the championship game.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, ranked No. 9 in the state, knows that history, but it also knows that history was meant to be rewritten.
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The Bulldogs, advancing to their second straight state volleyball tournament, would love to be the team to do that this weekend at Northern Kentucky University.
"There's a chance that it could happen this year and history could be changed," Dunbar Coach Jenni Morgan said. "It's not going to be easy to do, but eventually it will happen."
The rankings say that two private schools from Louisville No. 2 Mercy and No. 4 Sacred Heart will meet in a rematch of last year's state title game, which Mercy won, but rankings don't guarantee anything either.
On paper, Mercy has a tougher draw with No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 9 Dunbar on its side of the bracket.
Sacred Heart has potentially a tougher first-round matchup than any ranked team, having to face No. 13 Greenwood in the early round on Friday.
Dunbar has to get through Letcher County Central, a team that's lost only two games, to potentially earn a game with the third-ranked Pandas.
Morgan just hopes her team gets the chance to keep improving, which it has done steadily all season.
Volleyball is a game of momentum and lately, momentum has swung Dunbar's way. The Bulldogs have won eight straight and 11 of their last 12 games.
"That's been our goal is every time we've stepped on the court is to get better," she said. "The past couple of times we've played, every time we've stepped on the court, we've been better than before."
Dunbar advanced to the semifinals last season before falling to Sacred Heart.
Other ranked teams in the tournament include No. 13 Greenwood, No. 21 Newport Central Catholic and No. 23 Oldham County.