With an ace in the fourth set Wednesday night, Paul Laurence Dunbar ended Henry Clay’s reign of dominance against Lexington volleyball teams. Meredith Phillips, a junior, served up the deciding point in a 3-1 match win (25-17, 15-25, 28-26, 25-22) for Dunbar, ranked 10th in the latest coaches poll, at No. 5 Henry Clay.
It was the Blue Devils’ first loss to a city team since Oct. 27, 2014 against Dunbar in the first round of the 11th Region tournament. Henry Clay, which played in the state finals last year, was 28-0 against 11th Region competition since that loss.
Bulldogs senior Allie Chapman was conscious of the weight behind her team’s outcome.
“We knew that they were gonna be a hard team to beat and, I mean, everyone in this gym probably thought that we weren’t gonna win, and we knew that from the start,” Chapman said. “ … From the beginning of the season, that’s what we’ve worked for. We knew we could do it. We proved everybody wrong.”
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Dunbar improved to 6-3, winning for the third time over its last four matches. Henry Clay lost its fourth match in five outings and fell to 3-5 overall.