The saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and on Saturday the end came for the Rockdale volleyball team.
The Bulldogs fell 3-0 in the Class AAAA quarterfinals to Pope, ending a two-year run that featured back-to-back Region 8-AAAA championships and more wins than any other two-year period in Rockdale volleyball history.
"I told them after the game that it takes nothing away from our season," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. "We had a tremendous season where we won the region championship. Nobody thought we could beat Northgate (in the first round) and we did, nobody thought we could beat Harris County (in the second round) and we did."
That run won't continue after the Elite 8, as Rockdale faced arguably the best team in the state on Saturday. The Pope Greyhounds have so far amassed a 41-2 record, winning 91 games while losing just nine.
"They're an awesome team," Sansing said. "If they don't win state I will be shocked."
Sansing is able to talk about how good the Greyhounds are because they showed it on Saturday. Pope won the first game of the best-of-five match by a score of 25-12, and set a theme for the match.
Rockdale manage just one offensive point during the set as they were unable to keep up with the Pope attack, and defend off the serve.
In game two things got worse after Rockdale tied it at 3-3. The Greyhounds then scored 17 straight points, and outscored Rockdale 21-1 the rest of the way.
During the scoring spree, Rockdale seemed to be effected by the rout and frustration crept in causing Sansing to call multiple timeouts to get his team rallied.
"It was just a matter of we got frustrated and let our guard down," Sansing said. "Against a team like what we played before we could do that and get away with it at times; not this one."
Rockdale, which scored two offensive points in the second game, couldn't recover in the third.
Pope opened the final set on a 4-0 run, and after a Kendra Lackey kill to make it 4-2, the Greyhounds scored 15 straight.
Rockdale managed two more points, but the Greyhounds finished the Bulldogs' season with six straight points.
"We had issues with our passing to point this year but not like that," Sansing said. "We got a couple of blocks on them but the most part they swung at will, and when they swing at will we're in trouble."