High School Sports

High school volleyball: Defending champ Henry Clay far from taking a 5-peat for granted

Henry Clay is four-time defending 11th Region volleyball champion, but the Blue Devils aren't talking about a possible five-peat as they host the region tournament starting Monday night.

"Nope. I haven't heard that at all," Coach Dale Grupe said. "This season is only about this year's team.

"It's been a successful season already. This is kind of like icing on the cake. Hopefully they'll play well and earn the chance to play on.

"We like our chances."

Henry Clay (29-7), No. 4 in the state, takes on No. 5 Paul Laurence Dunbar (23-10) in Monday's opening match.

The Devils, led by seniors Ca'Layci Coffey and Lynsey Short, have weathered a difficult schedule stacked with out-of-state teams.

"We've played a lot of top-level teams and had a lot of close matches, so we're not going to lose our heads if we lose a few points or lose a game," Grupe said.

Henry Clay lost only twice to in-state opponents — McCracken County and Dunbar.

Dunbar swept the Devils in early September.

No. 13 Tates Creek (34-3) beat Dunbar twice this season in five sets, including last week's district finals.

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