The Mud Monstars won back-to-back titles with an undefeated run through the 39th annual Y Men's Mississippi Mud Volleyball Tournament.
The Mud Monstars renewed their bragging rights another year.
The reigning Hannibal Y Men's Mississippi Mud Volleyball Tournament champions won the title again this weekend. They posted a 7-0 record and swept the title match Sunday afternoon.
Not even the largest field of teams in the 39-year history of the tournament could dethrone the powerhouse.
“We put a lot of time and effort into this,” captain Jordan Fohey said. “We look forward to this weekend all year. Now we'll start the countdown to next summer.”
The Mud Monstars didn't lose a set during the three-day, 67-team bracket in downtown Hannibal.
Congrats to the Mud Monstars for running the table to win their second straight Mississippi Mud Volleyball Tournament championship! pic.twitter.com/G0erbypxnj— Courier-Post (@HCP_Sports) July 8, 2018
The back-to-back championship team was comprised of Collin Anderson, Evan Beard, Raymond Chou, Chelsea Fohey, Jordan Fohey, Gail Haas, Ashley Treaster and Brooke Watson.
Their toughest challenges came from Muck Dynasty and Continental Breakfast.
The champions were put to the test when Continental Breakfast took a 9-8 lead in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals.
“This team doesn't get rattled much," said Haas, an addition to the Mud Monstars this year. “We all know how to play, so we just went back to doing what we do and scored points one at a time.”
Haas and Co. responded with five straight points en route to a 15-11 victory to force Continental Breakfast to the brink of elimination.
Continental Breakfast made the championship via the loser's bracket and needed to beat the Mud Monstars in two straight matches in order to claim the top spot in the double-elimination competition.
“We battled hard,” said Continental Breakfast captain Gabe Johnson. “Our first loss was in the third round and we ended up playing 10 matches this weekend where lots of people had more rest.”
Haas served the first four points in Game 2 of the championship to stake the Mud Monstars to a 4-0 lead.
Beard delivered an ace that deflected off the net to make it 6-2, igniting a five-point streak.
“That slipped out of my hand and we got lucky,” Beard said of the ace. “Every once in a while you get a good roll. We didn't get a whole lot of those this weekend, so it was nice to finally get one — especially in a clutch situation like that.”
The foes volleyed back and forth 15 times on match point before Jordan Fohey's set over the net touched down.
That sealed the Mud Monstars' 15-6 triumph in the second game.
“It was our goal to come out here and not lose a game,” said Chelsea Fohey, Jordan's wife. “This feels awesome. Now it's time to celebrate.”
Chelsea Fohey mentioned the repeat title has been a goal for the squad since winning the tournament last year.
The Mud Monstars train for the event much of the year to build the endurance required to remain fresh on the third day.
“This is a ton of fun, but we take it serious,” she said. “This is what we look forward to every year. We have a group text that goes on all year motivating each other. The boys like to talk strategy. We make it a good time, for sure.”
Anderson called the four women on his team the best in the tournament.
Without them, they wouldn't have won, he said.
“You can't beat our girls,” Anderson said. “We've got the best four girls down here, hands down. If they call you off, you better get out of their way because they're going to give you some looks. They're phenomenal.”
Continental Breakfast featured Megan Boschert, Dakota Flesner, Daniel Fohey, Blake Hosley, Maddie Janes, Johnson, Shelby Nelson and Gunnar Person.
Muck Dynasty finished in third with Jack Baumann, Sydney Bennett, Summer Golian, Brian Jones (substitute), Anna Murphy, Dalton Powell, Dylan Powell, Jack Richards and Lauren Wheelan.
The Murphy Mudders finished fourth overall.
The Mud Monstars wished to dedicate their championship to the memory of Jim Murphy, a longtime supporter of the tournament who passed away in May.
“It was an honor to win this mug because it was for him,” Jordan Fohey said. “I grew up around the family. That's why this meant a lot to us this year. He was always up there above Court C watching everything.”