Camden’s bid to end the streak fell flat Saturday at Dutch Fork High.
The Bulldogs (32-5-1) lost 3-0 to Bishop England in the Class 3A state championship, allowing the Battling Bishops to capture their 17th consecutive title, a n ational record.
Bishop England rushed out 16-5 lead in the first game. Camden made a small run, but couldn’t overcome the slow start, falling 25-13.
“We were tight in the first set,” Camden coach Paige Wilson said. “It took us a little while to figure out what we needed to do.”
In game two, Camden fell behind again, but rallied to take a 17-16 lead. The Bulldogs were led by the serving of Emma Nash, who converted three consecutive aces, and kept Bishop England off balance.
“When we took the lead, that’s when we showed we could play with them,” Wilson said. “We had to stay mentally focused the entire time, but we let (Bishop England) get to us.”
After a timeout, Bishop England went on a 9-3 run to close out the second game, 25-20.
“I told our girls that we had to settle down,” Bishop England coach Cindy Baggott said. “We made some adjustments to their server, and were able to force them into our game.”
Camden continued to fight, taking a two-point lead early in game three, before tying the score 10-10.
Bishop England proved why it’s the 16-time defending champion, outscoring the Bulldogs 15-8 to take the match.
“We worked hard to get here, and I’m proud of our girls for getting here,” Wilson said. “(Bishop England) is a good opponent, and they pushed us tonight.”
The 17th consecutive state championship sets a national record. There’s only one girl on the roster that was born when the streak began.
“It never gets old,” Baggott said. “It’s an amazing run. I give these girls all the credit in the world for their hard work.”