JACKSONVILLE, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - The Sneads High School volleyball program's achieved an incredible accomplishment Friday.
The Lady Pirates, led by outgoing head coach Sheila Roberts, won a fifth consecutive 1A state championship.
Sneads beat Union in Jacksonville in straight sets 25-14, 13, 10.
So a fifth consecutive state championship for coach Roberts and this program that's led by eight seniors.
Here's coach Roberts on what this title run means to the players, the school, their community!
"I always tell the kids that they're playing not just for themselves but for their entire community," Sheila Roberts, Sneads volleyball coach said. "Not just the community now but the community in the past and in the future. There's been a lot of girls that's came before them, that laid the ground work. And so they're honoring all the girls that came before them, the community that supports them every year, year after year, so much support from their family and community."
Coach Roberts goes on to say there's a flip side to winning.
"They not know the heartache that comes with losing the last game of the season. I've been coaching for 27 years. Every year, except for five of those, there's been tears and heartache and heartbreak at the end of the season. And so for these kids, they've never experienced that. I think they understand that the hard work is to make sure that they never have to experience it and they want to keep pushing themselves. I don't think they think so much about a streak as they think about the game in front of them and just making sure that they do everything it takes to win."
Friday's game marked the last one for Roberts as Sneads head coach. She's taken a coaching job in Tallahassee but hasn't announced which school yet.
Roberts leaves Sneads with five banners in that gym.