CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As a player at Herbert Hoover, Anita King had zero state finals appearances in two trips to the state tournament semifinals.
Now in her third year and trip as a coach, King is finally there and she has the Huskies a win short of a Class AA championship.
After beating Ritchie County in four sets in an afternoon quarterfinal, the Huskies survived Robert C. Byrd in the only five-set match of the day, winning in the semifinals 25-23, 25-27, 22-25, 25-21, 15-9 to earn a berth into the state championship match.
Quarterfinal and semifinal matches in all three classes were held on Friday at the Charleston Civic Center, with all three championship matches coming today.
The Class AA title match will follow the Class A match which follows the Class AAA match scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
The Huskies faced some serious self-inflicted adversity in Friday's nightcap.
Hoover held on to win the first set and had a commanding 24-20 lead in the second with a chance to take control of the match. But the Eagles fought back to win the second set, took the third, then had a 15-14 lead in the fourth.
Somehow with its back to the wall, Hoover rallied for seven straight points and rode that momentum all the way to a victory.
"We have a little chant that we do and it's called 'no quit,'" King said. "I wanted it on the back of our T-shirts. It's a no-quit attitude, and when you pick up that attitude all of the sudden you don't know what you can do."
King's daughter Ashton and niece Hannah are both members of the Huskies' squad, and Hannah King turned in as dominant a performance as any player in any match Friday right when Hoover needed it.
Hannah King racked up 26 kills, 20 digs and 10 blocks, and her height and presence at the net had Byrd players adjusting shots all match, causing a few unforced errors that proved costly.
"It's just what I have to do," Hannah King said. "I know my team relies on me and I need my team behind me. They put it up and I'll get it down, I've been doing it for a while and I can't give up now."
The win avenged a straight-set loss to the Eagles early in the season.
Hoover also lost to Oak Glen early in the season and that's who'll the Huskies will see again after the Golden Bears took care of Philip Barbour in four sets in the other AA semifinal Friday after beating Clay County in straight sets in the morning session.
Both Anita and Hannah King believe their revenge tour can continue today.
"Our kids getting to be here this morning and watching Oak Glen play and then watching Philip Barbour and Oak Glen play each other, it has given our kids some confidence that they deserve to be on the same court," Anita King said. "They have the same ability that these other kids do, it's going to come down to heart and hustle and I believe these kids have got it."
"We're going to play harder than we did tonight," Hannah King said. "We're going to put up more blocks, play better defense and hit a lot better. We're going to play hard and have faith."