BOZEMAN, Mont. - For the second time in program history, the Ennis Mustangs won the Class C State Volleyball Championship on Saturday.
"It feels amazing,” said junior Jourdain Klein. “It's the best feeling in the world."
"It feels great, I am so proud of these young ladies,” said head coach Betty Klein. “They are a great team, and they deserve it."
"It's a dream come true,” said senior Danyel Martin.
Ennis swept Belt in a rematch of last year's title tilt, which the Huskies won in five sets.
The Mustangs were galvanized by that tough loss, going undefeated against Class C competition this season on their way to the championship.
"It completely fueled us,” Martin said. “Just knowing that we were here, but never finished, that was our game plan this year, was to actually finish."
"I think it definitely helped with nerves,” Betty Klein said. “We had a lot of the same girls back from last year, so it definitely helped us come out and not be nervous."
"I think last year prepared us a lot,” Jourdain Klein said. “It was our first year going to state for a little while, and it was a great experience. I think it gave us the maturity to be able to do it this year."
The victory had some special moments.
Martin ended her high school career with a kill that won her team the first-place trophy.
"I couldn't end a senior year better,” Martin said. “Knowing that I contributed to our (championship) game, makes it even sweeter."
In addition, head coach Betty Klein got to share this championship with her daughter, Jourdain.
"It's awesome,” Jourdain said. “I've always wanted to win a title for her, and it feels so good."
"It's so special,” Betty said. “We have three daughters on the team -- the assistant coaches each have a daughter, so it's extra special for us."
This is the first state title for Ennis since 2009, and the Mustangs will look for a repeat performance next year at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.