Coming off an 18-5 season in which Grace Academy finished second to Broadfording in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference Tournament and won the Maryland Christian Schools title - all without a single senior - Knights coach Diana Serafini had high hopes for 2006.
Her hopes have been answered.
Grace (12-0, 11-0 through Wednesday) is one of two undefeated Tri-State teams, along with No. 1 Musselman.
"We're having a great year, having lots of fun," Serafini said. "We had no seniors last year, and we worked very hard in the offseason. Eleven of our 12 players played club ball, we did jump training in the spring and we ran a team camp during the summer. So we were expecting a good year."
The Knights lean on three leaders - senior Kristin Serafini (3.25 service points, 1.99 kills and 3.75 assists per game) and juniors Megan Cox (2.47 service points, 2.02 kills, 1.88 digs) and Rebecca Morgan (2.17 service points, 2.69 kills, 1.98 digs). The all-around skills of all three players put the grace in Grace.