In winning South Carolina's 2A State Volleyball title last Saturday night at White Knoll High School, Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.)
not only won its 13th consecutive state title, but also set a national record for most state volleyball titles.According to The Post and Courier
, the championship was the Battling Bishops' 23rd, moving them one ahead of Muncie Burris High School (Muncie, Ind.).
With Ellie James
finishing with 20 kills and 18 digs, Julianne Dahlman
notching 20 assists and Sawyer Swanson
recording 16 assists and 15 digs, Bishop dashed Chesnee's hopes of a first-ever state title, 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-19).
The Battling Bishops finished their season with a 40-8-1 record.
Coach Cindy Baggott, who played on Bishop's 1981 state championship team, has led Bishop England to six straight titles.
Guided by coach Kathy Blackman, Bishop won its first state title in 1974. Blackman, who was National High School Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1990, won seven state titles and compiled an overall record of 500-69.
Following Blackman as head coach was Danielle Dawley, who compiled a 363-45 record and led the Bishops to nine state titles.
Founded in 1915 in downtown Charleston, the 40-acre Bishop campus is located 10 miles outside the city on Daniel Island and has an enrollment of 730.