CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Capital High volleyball team captured its first sectional title since the 2006 season a year ago, before falling in regional play.
The 2006 season is also the last time a Cougars' volleyball team played in the state tournament.
But things are looking up for the Cougars early on this season as they've jumped out to a 9-3 record, including a 3-2 win over host Herbert Hoover Thursday evening.
The Cougars earned the tough five set win by scores of 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-27 and 15-7.
"We had the fight in us tonight," said Capital fourth-year Coach Carolyn Taylor. "We switched things up a little bit tonight and that hurt us in the couple of games we lost. Serving hurt us a little tonight too. The games we lost tonight were the game we didn't serve well.
"But we have a really strong team. I feel like we're one of the top teams in the state and the talent on this team is one of the best.
"What they do on the court and whether they come together as a team is up to them match by match. They have the talent, but getting them to play together and talk is the key."
After dropping the opening set and falling behind early in the second set, the Cougars battled back and took their first lead at 21-20 before closing out the set.
Capital never trailed in the third set, before rallying from behind again in the fourth.
The Cougars took control of the fifth set early on and cruised to the finish line.