Hoover will be doing so with a lineup that's different from the one it put on the court in August and September.
The Huskies are led by senior Hannah King, a 5-foot-9 first-team all-state player, and senior setter Hope Johnson, who didn't become eligible until the middle of October.
Junior Allison Rager is a three-year starter, sophomore Ashton King is a two-year starter, junior Gracetyn Carper holds down the middle and junior Kati Angle is the libero.
The Huskies lost Kaylee Wehrle, a 5-10 right side blocker, to an infection the last month of the season brought on by knee surgery over the summer.
"We're getting it together and we're getting hot now,'' Anita King said. "That does create a mental toughness and that's what I see my kids demonstrating now. I felt like we've played conservative [at the state tournament]. We've played like a team that was trying not to lose, afraid to make a mistake.
"Our game since October has been all about being aggressive. Time and time again I've heard the kids say this year they don't just want to make it to the state tournament, they want to win the state title.''
Charleston Catholic returns to states after a one-year hiatus. The Fighting Irish, who captured back-to-back state championships in 2009-2010, missed states last season after advancing to the Civic Center for eight straight years.
"I think the girls worked really hard,'' said first-year Catholic coach Angela Beblo, who took over the reins after seven years as an assistant. "We're really proud of them for continuing the tradition at Charleston Catholic.''
Senior outside hitter Sierra Portillo and senior Gina Marks, who has played middle blocker, setter and server, sophomores Maddie Summers (libero) and Olivia Lee (setter), sophomore outside hitter Gabby Portillo and freshmen Catherine Herlihy and Liddy Elmore have powered the Irish.
"I think the thing the girls have the most is heart,'' Beblo said. "They come in and give it everything they've got in practice and in a game. They really want [a state championship].''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.