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By Cliff Gibson, Sports Information Director

SAN ANTONIO — The mission was clear in August, and when the curtain fell on the 2015 campaign, the mission was complete and the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars won the "Fight For 4."

The Lady Friars (38-8) swept rival Ursuline Academy on Saturday, finishing off a fourth consecutive state championship at the TAPPS State Volleyball Tournament at South San High School.

The win gave several players another ring for their collection, but one in particular — senior Catherine Balido — capped off a stellar prep career with four championships in as many years, cementing her legacy among the great athletes to come through BLHS.

"It's a crazy experience and one that not many people get to experience. I've been blessed with four state championships, each one different and each team different," the Boston College commit said. "Being part of the Bishop Lynch program just helped me love this game more and more. I'm going to miss everything about it, from the early morning practices to the road trips with the team. I'm going to miss it all."

Balido was one of four Lady Friars to receive All-Tournament honors, joining fellow senior Francesca Goncalves, junior Callie Williams and sophomore Madi Tyus. Balido led the attack with 14 kills in the championship match, after a semifinal performance that included 10 kills and a pair of blocks the previous night as BL swept Concordia Lutheran.

Goncalves — who signed with Florida State University last week — also played a huge part in the Final Four, posting 13 kills, eight digs and two blocks in the semifinal, along with 11 kills and seven digs in the final to earn her third championship.

"It's been an amazing ride … there's no better program," Goncalves said. "These coaches made me the person I am today. The program helped me flourish and made me such a better player."

In the semifinal win against Concordia Lutheran, Tyus had 14 digs and eight kills, Williams added 20 assists and 11 digs, Melanie Heigele chipped in 18 assists and eight digs and Danielle Nevitt had eight digs. Junior Bri Kipp also had seven kills.

In the championship win, Williams put up 17 assists and 11 digs, Heigele added 17 assists and six digs, Tyus had a team-high 18 digs and Nevitt added 13 digs.

Head coach Tricia Roos said this group of seniors will leave a lasting impression on her, since she's had the opportunity to watch them grow for years.

"This year was special because I've known some of these seniors since they were very little kids. My first state title was when Danielle Nevitt's sister, Lauren, was a senior, and now seven years later I get to see her end her career the same way, so that's very special to me," Roos said. "When Cat was an eighth-grader I had her wear my state ring and promised her four state championships. Things like that make it more special."

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