It will be the final high school match for seniors Mary Hoey, Sarah Morris and Danielle Thompson, all of whom have spent their entire prep career on the varsity roster. This will also be Meredith Hopper's swan song following a three-year stint on varsity.
The Lady Greyhounds (54-1) want nothing less than to win their second straight state championship and give the foursome a storybook ending.
Hoey, Pope's leading hitter, has committed to play at Wake Forest, where she will follow the footsteps of her older sister, Maggie, a former setter for the Lady Greyhounds. Maggie Hoey played two years at Wake Forest before giving up volleyball following the 2009 season to focus on academics.
Thompson, a libero who has been teammates with Mary Hoey since the sixth grade, will join her good friend at Wake Forest. Morris, a middle hitter, will head to Bucknell and outside hitter Hopper will move on to Berry.
Pope is getting huge contributions from its four seniors down the stretch.
Hoey finished with 10 kills in Pope's sweep against of Johns Creek in the Wednesday's semifinal. That gave her a state-record total of 1,859 for her career, surpassing the previous mark of 1,852 set by Sequoyah's Stacy Plein.
Morris, who broke the school record in blocks earlier this season, added 10 kills and two blocks. Thompson, who was the state's player of the year in 2009, led with 13 digs.
"These four seniors are four great players," Pope coach Bryan Jones said. "It's an honor to coach them and be associated with their careers that will go beyond high school. It's going to be a special match (Saturday), and we hope we can send these four seniors out with a bang."
Pope's seniors have played a huge role in turning Pope into a dominant force over the last two seasons. The Lady Greyhounds have lost just three matches since the 2008 state finals, all of them coming to Walton.
The Lady Greyhounds, who beat Walton in five sets to win last year's Class AAAAA state championship before moving down in reclassification, will play another former power from the state's top classification.
Chattahoochee (51-5), led by junior outside hitters Emily Corrigan and Kennedy Bryan, beat Marist in three sets to advance to the championship. Pope and Chattahoochee played at the beginning of the season with the Lady Greyhounds winning in two sets.
"They've gotten real consistent and have two solid outside hitters who hit the ball real well," Jones said. "They beat Marist in three sets, and Marist is no slouch. They are more consistent than the last time we saw them.
"We need to control the ball. If we control the ball, it will help our offense step up and get it done."