After advancing through the quarterfinals with a straight-sets victory over Antioch Christian, the Lady Lions of Mintz Christian fell to the Temple Christian Tigers in the semifinals, despite taking an early lead.
In the quarterfinals, impressive play by Erynn Sessoms led the Lions, the regular season conference runners-up. She had four aces and nine kills. Emma White added five kills and three blocks, while Caroline Matthews tallied 22 digs. The semifinals would prove to be a different story. After dominating the first set against the Tigers of Temple Christian, the Lions could not close the deal, even when leading in the second and third sets.
“It falls back on me; I should have had them better prepared mentally,” said Lions coach Dan Heinz. “Temple is a very strong team and they played exceptionally well, but we should have won the match.”
The Lions went on to win the consolation round, beating host Columbus Christian in straight sets.
For the JV Lady Lions, they walked away with the tournament championship, beating Grace Christian in the opening round, No. 2 seed Antioch Christian in the semifinals and sweeping Scotland Christian for the title.
CCAA All-Conference honors went to JV players Taylor Faircloth and Britney Christianson. Varsity All-Conference honors went to Sessoms, Courtney Barber and Matthews.
The Mintz boys varsity soccer team won the CCAA Sportsmanship Award, and Josh Davis and Daniel Matthews made the All-Conference team. The Lions Cross Country team also won the sportsmanship award and had Ashton Brown and Veronica White make All-Conference.