The St. Francis High School girls volleyball team won the school's ninth state title Saturday with a 25-21, 25-20 over Richmond-Burton.
The Spartans, led by coach Peg Kopec, last won a state title in 2006 when Megan Boken, the victim of a fatal shooting Aug. 18 in St. Louis, led the team to a victory.
"We've though a lot about Megan this year... It wasn't much that we spoke out a lot about this year until right now. We felt that she's been with us, and we've been with her."
A kill by Michelle McLaughlin and two from Molley Haggerty started a 5-0 run... (Maddie Haggerty's smash made for a 7-3 lead)... At 8-5 a McLaughlin kill and clever dump shot from McKenna Kelsay touched off a decisive 11-1 run for an 18-6 advantage.