"Two years ago, the kids got suspended, and [Lord] felt the need to carry the team, along with Taylor Allen," Martz said. "Then, with the injury, she had to feel like it's always something.
"Things went really smooth this year."
There was something different about this year's state championship match for Lord, who felt fully confident the Applemen were going to come through with a title.
"There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to win. We were prepared," Lord said. "Mentally, we had visualized the night before, the morning of, in the locker room before the game, it was going to be our game.
"I'm sure people in the crowd could tell, like, we were going for it. Once we got on a roll, we didn't stop."
The Applemen rolled through most of their competition this season, finishing with a 44-6 record and going undefeated against in-state teams. Lord had five games of 20-plus kills, including a season-best 23 against James Wood (Va.).
She's on pace to become Musselman's all-time leader in kills and could reach the 2,000-kill mark if she maintains her current pace. She's third in program history with 1,428 kills.
"If she stays healthy, she'll pass the kills mark," Martz said. "She has a good shot at 2,000 kills, and we've never had that here."
Lord got right back to work the day after the state tournament, participating in tryouts for her travel team. She'll spend the next several months trying to get better for next season.
"If you're not getting better, you're getting worse," she said.
This season couldn't have been much better.