The White House Heritage Lady Patriots are region champions for the first time since 2010.

Heritage defeated White House for the Region 6-AA title Tuesday night with a 3-0 sweep.

The Lady Patriots dominated the first set by a score of 25-9 and comfortably finished the match with sets of 25-20 and 25-17.

"Just making it to substate, it's history," said Heritage head coach Brandon Niblock. "It's great to see our kids be able to enjoy this moment again, twice in a week and hopefully one more time on Thursday."

Heritage took out Sycamore earlier in the evening and sat through White House's five-set thriller against Creek Wood. The Lady Devil victory set up for the two cross-town rivals to face each other for the fourth time this year.

"It's just surreal," Niblock said. "I did not envision the night being like this, truth be told. I knew White House, if they played like they were supposed to, like they did against us, here tonight, I knew they had a chance. When they beat Creek Wood, it was exciting for our community. Our girls were going for their girls, and we wanted this matchup again."

The atmosphere for the final match was electric. Students from both schools filled the bleachers, and it made for a fun environment to play in.

"We knew it was going to be rowdy in here for the second (game), but we used that to fuel us," said Region 6-AA MVP Mackenzie Geer. "We love our student section. They bring us so much energy, and this cross-town rivalry brings out the best in everyone on our team."

The Lady Patriots will host Hume-Fogg Thursday night with a state tournament berth on the line. The Lady Knights lost 3-1 to Lawrence County in their region championship but boast an intimidating front line.

"Their team has a lot of athletes on it, but I think when we are playing our game, we do a good job of taking teams that maybe are more athletic than us, taller than us," Geer said. "You can't count us out just because we're shorter or anything like that."

It has been 11 years since the Lady Patriots made it this far. Thursday, they have the opportunity to get to state for the second time in school history.

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