Retiring Wilson volleyball coach Lorn Hill could not have asked for a better script to his final game last night in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship against Bell Multicultural at Anacostia.
"It was just a tremendous ending, it was perfect," said Hill, moments after he watched his daughter, senior outside hitter Genevieve, register a game-high 19 kills to lead the Tigers to their second straight DCIAA title, 15-6, 11-15, 15-5, 15-2, over the Griffins.
"We had to go out winners," Genevieve Hill said. "Winning championships is what our program is all about and this was my last game and my dad's last game here. We had to win this game."
Behind Genevieve Hill and junior middle blocker Maya Mapp, who had 16 kills, Wilson (17-10) captured its sixth DCIAA title this decade. Bell--which won DCIAA titles in 1992, '94 and '95--finished 15-3, with two of its losses to Wilson.
This season the Tigers suffered their first loss in DCIAA play in the past three years, but they played a tough nonconference schedule, which included wins over Georgetown Visitation, Madeira, St. Andrew's and Edmund Burke, as well as five-game losses to Maret, O'Connell, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes and Sidwell Friends.
"We wanted to play against the best competition possible, and that wasn't in the DCIAA," Lorn Hill said. "We weren't supposed to play any of these teams close, but when you beat some of them and play the rest to five games and only lose by a couple of points, it brings a lot of respect to your program."
In his three years at Wilson, Hill took over a program that had won DCIAA titles in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1996 under coach Eileen Covington, now at Anacostia, and kept the program winning. Hill's career mark at Wilson is 45-31 overall, 26-1 in DCIAA.
In 1997, his first year, Wilson won the title by beating School Without Walls, but had to forfeit the crown for using an ineligible player. Last year, Hill's team went undefeated in DCIAA play en route to the title, beating Anacostia in the championship game.
In the third-place game, Anacostia defeated Spingarn, 15-12, 15-7.