The match was set and the atmosphere was just right for a state championship game. Even though it was quite a hike from Chicopee, it seemed like they were right at home in Hudson. The Colts jumped right out early to a 9-1 lead. After that, Natick settled in, but it was way too late as Comp cruised right on through to win the first game 25-17. However, after a push put them up, Comp relaxed and allowed Natick to come back in and take the second game 25-19. Now Natick was rolling, but Comp battled back in game 3. Natick and Comp went back and forth before the Colts pulled away 25-20 at the end. Now down 2-1, Natick was facing elimination and second place. In one of the most exciting sets I have seen in the past few years, Natick pushed and back and forth play went on. Neither team led by more than 4 in the set, but Natick showed a little more heart as they forced game 5 and won 28-26. High-flying Comp team showed off their strength in the 5th set after trading the first few point to be up 4-3, Comp went on a 5-0 run. Natick battled back to put it at 13-11, but a missed serve, followed by a Seifert kill gave the Colts the 15-11 victory in game 5.
Comp had done it! Finishing the season at 23-0, the Colts brought home the school’s first state championship since the 1988 women’s basketball team. Natick finished out the year at 19-2. Ryan Seifert was the player of the game though as he raked in 21 kills for the Colts. Natick got great play from Steve Brown with 15 kills.