ACHS Girls’ Volleyball Team Wins 2022 State Championship
The Alexandria City High School (ACHS) girls’ volleyball team made history on Nov. 19, 2022, winning the 2022 Volleyball State Championship in a 3-2 game against defending champion Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School.
While this is the second state championship for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) girls’ volleyball, this is the first team to win a district championship, regional championship and state championship under the ACHS name.
Guided by Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Danielle Thorne and assistant coaches Jordan Cox, Eva Irwin and Jessica Lacy, the team scored “a monumental win for the volleyball program,” said Executive Director of Athletics & Student Activities James Parker. In her first year as a coach, ACPS alumnus and former volleyball player, Thorne became the first female head coach at ACHS to win a state championship.
“It feels like a full-circle moment to win a state championship,” exclaimed Thorne. “Although it is only our first season together, I feel incredibly lucky to work with Jess, Eva and Jordan, and I'm excited to see what we accomplish as a program in the coming years.”
The team ended the season with a 32-2 record, after last year’s disappointment that they did not make it to the state competition. Parker said the team made it a point to redeem themselves this year and never gave up on their goal.
“I think the keys to success were the team's work ethic and their team chemistry,” Thorne noted. “They pushed each other each day in practice to be the best they could be. They also were so encouraging to each other and were so happy for each other's successes.” Parker added the team’s formula for success can be attributed to their commitment to excellence on and off the court, and “they have a team-first attitude!”
- Alexandria City High School