The Champlain Valley Union girls volleyball team got a measure on Rice Memorial in the Division I semifinals, getting the Green Knights back for two regular season losses with a straight set win to advance to the final.
Unfortunately for the Redhawks, top-seeded Essex was looking for its own revenge in the championship match.
The Hornets topped CVU, 3-1, on Saturday at Saint Michael’s College to dethrone the defending champs and win the school’s first volleyball state title.
The Redhawks, who topped Essex in the final last year, came out of the gate strong, getting a 25-21 win in the first set. The Hornets rattled off wins in the next three sets to close out the win.
With only three seniors graduating this year – Shannon Loiseau, Mya Rendall and Tori Bergstein – CVU has a bright future in the state’s newest varsity sport.