“It’s something I’ve dreamed about ever since I was a little girl.”

This is what senior, Carrie Ciesla, said after helping Greenwood capture the 6A volleyball state title Saturday. Ciesla was crowned the most valuable player, but the award could have gone to anybody. When talking to Ciesla about her award she stated, “It means the world to me, but there are so many girls on our team who deserve that honor. We have a lot of amazing players and I trust every single girl on that court to get their job done”, and that is exactly what they did.

The Bulldogs would grab the first set 25-19 but Jonesboro fired back in the second set to tie it up at 1-1. The third set was back and forth the whole time. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 4-1 lead thanks to a block by Senior, Lilliah Pugh but Jonesboro responded. The Hurricanes went up 19-16 in the set, but the Bulldogs made a strong effort to come back and tie the set up at 19-19. The Bulldogs went on to win the set 27-25 with some key contributions from sophomores Camryn Presley and Zoie Benton. When asking Presley how it feels to be able to contribute so much as a sophomore she stated that “It’s an honor to play with the Seniors and Juniors. They are my role models.”

The Bulldogs came into their fourth set up 2-1 smelling victory and got themselves out to an early 10-7 lead after an ace from Presley. The Bulldogs then extended their lead to four, thanks to Senior Libero, Lexie Castillow. Jonesboro came back to tie it up at 16 all, but Greenwood started to pull away and ended up taking the fourth set 25-20 and bringing the state title back to Greenwood.

Greenwood’s Lexie Castillow-who is a defensive specialist (Libero)- recorded 50 DIGS on the night to help bring Greenwood the win. Castillow, who plans to play volleyball at UAFS next year, said that “there is no better feeling than having all the many hours of hard work finally pay off.”

Carrie Ciesla encourages the underclassman to lead in the future and keep working hard. She states that if they do this they will be “successful next year and the years to come.”