They're the great glass ceilings of state volleyball.
Never before has a public school won a state championship.
Never before has a team outside of the Louisville or Northern Kentucky areas won a state championship.
In fact, no team from outside of those areas has even advanced to the title game in tournament history.
Lexington, long the kid sister in volleyball, has made it to four of the past five state semifinals only to be knocked out by one of those types of teams.
But as state volleyball begins Friday, Henry Clay would like to see that glass ceiling shatter all over the floor at Bellarmine's Knights Hall.
The fifth-ranked Devils, who have lost just one game to an in-state opponent, think they can be that team.
"In the past, it's been if we play a great, perfect game and (one of the private schools) plays badly then we may have a chance to have a chance," Devils Coach Dale Grupe said. "It's not like that now."
He knows all about the favorites in the field like top-ranked Assumption and two-time defending state champion Mercy, ranked No. 2.
He knows they have a swagger going into the tournament because of their respective histories.
He's seen message boards where they count other schools out. "This is our chance to prove them wrong," Grupe said. "I'll go out and say it. I've been doing this for 20 years and this is the best public school I've seen."
Grupe's players, specifically seniors Kate Stromberg and Mikayla Reese, also believe they can compete.
"Going to tournaments out of state, we saw some nationally ranked teams and we weren't very far behind them at all," Reese said. "We have confidence that we can beat a lot of teams. We're definitely good competitors and will give them our best shot."
Stromberg, who leads the team in kills and digs, said Lexington is gaining.
"Lexington in general has always been a step behind Louisville, but we've definitely been closing the gap," Stromberg said. "We think it's closing faster and faster now."
Henry Clay, which has won 17 in a row, will have to get through first-round opponent Lone Oak and the quarterfinals to potentially earn a meeting with Mercy.
The Jaguars will need to get through No. 9 Greenwood and possibly No. 12 Newport Central Catholic to get to the semifinals.
Whatever team comes out of the bottom half of the bracket most likely will face a hungry Assumption team in the finals. The Rockets, who have six Division I commitments, are back at state after falling in the region tournament. Before that, they were the state power, winning four straight titles and 14 of 16.
Other ranked teams in the field: No. 6 St. Henry, No. 24 Caldwell County and No. 25 South Oldham.