The Lions were flat on the mat, and head coach Dean Hall knew it. He saw it in their 37-30 loss to Patrick Henry (Roanoke), Louisa’s first loss of the two-day, 20-team Deep Run Duals. Louisa had gone the first day of competition on Friday, Jan. 10 without a loss, beating their three opponents by more than 30 each time.
But this was Saturday, the Lions had just lost the day’s first match, and they faced an uphill battle to take the title.
“At that point, I’m thinking, ‘Well, maybe we can get second,’” Hall said.
His team gathered together, locked arms and came up with a different thought process. The result: a stunning first place finish that put Louisa’s record at 16-5 and gave the team their third title in four tournaments this year.
“The team just said, ‘Lets go do this,’” Hall said. “In the past, they might have looked to the superstars … Saturday, they all came together and said, ‘We have to do this. We’ve got to go out there and get our jobs done.’”
It was a tough path to the title that Louisa made look easy. After losing to P.H. (Roanoke), the tournament’s top ranked team, Louisa cruised past three different teams before defeating the tournament’s three seed, Lee-Davis, 40-36.
After an upset in the next round of the red robin tournament that saw Lee-Davis topple P.H. (Roanoke) by two points, Hall approached the tournament director with a question. Knowing that Lee-Davis and P.H. (Roanoke) both had a 3-1 record, Hall was curious as to what would happen should Louisa win its last match versus Patrick Henry (Ashland) to also move to 3-1.
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 16 edition of The Central Virginian.