In 2001, the Delaware Christian School girls volleyball team lost its first eight matches in its first season under coach Jackie Boggs.
"I was like, 'What did you get yourself into?'" Boggs said, recalling that season. "But then we went on to finish 11-11 overall and we won the (MOCAL) tournament."
On Oct. 4, Boggs and the Eagles celebrated her 300th career victory after defeating Granville Christian 25-22, 25-10, 25-22 in a MOCAL match.
"They presented me with the game ball and had a real nice ceremony, and Granville Christian stayed to enjoy it, too, and that was surprising and showed a lot of class," Boggs said. "After our principal spoke, we had refreshments and a nice reception. I had asked the girls not to do anything special, but they said they got outranked by our principal. It was a nice surprise."
Boggs is in her 11th season coaching the Eagles. She coached North Union for three seasons and Marysville for five seasons before arriving at Delaware Christian. She did not coach the Eagles in 2008 because her family moved to Indiana for her husband's job.
"I've heard from several of my former players from all three schools," Boggs said. "I try to stay in touch with as many as I possibly can. Several are coaching and some were here tonight for the match and ceremony. That means a lot to me. I probably could name every girl who has played for me in 19 years, so they're all special."
Boggs particularly likes what she has seen from the Eagles so far this season. They were 14-4 overall before playing Marion Catholic on Oct. 6.
"With only two girls back from a team that went 21-3 last season and went perfect in the MOCAL, not many people thought we would bounce back and have another great season this year," she said. "I tried to tell some parents that we could win the MOCAL again and they all thought I was crazy, but here we are (at 9-1 in the league) with a chance to do that.
"This group was overlooked and didn't get a lot of recognition. They've worked hard to do what they have done, so it's special to me that they were able to help me get No. 300 this season. They bought into our team motto, which is 'potential plus preparation equals prosperity.' "
Against Granville Christian, Brenna McCullough had 13 kills and 16 digs and Lenora Boyer had seven kills and 11 digs. Erin McCullough added seven kills and setter Rachael Kirby had 31 assists.
"We also got everyone some playing time in this match, so they would all have a memory about playing in a historical match," Boggs said. "It was a special night for me, but I wanted all the girls to enjoy it with me."
Two days earlier, the Eagles missed an opportunity to secure Boggs' 300th win in a key MOCAL match against Madison Christian, as they lost 25-22, 13-25, 24-26, 25-20, 16-14 to drop into a first-place tie.
"Obviously, we wanted to get the job done against Madison because that would've given us a two-match cushion with just a handful of matches remaining," Boggs said. "But the girls were too hyped up, especially in that first game. If we had won that one, we could've won it in three. But our emotions matched our play. We were all over the place and just didn't play with much consistency.
"I tried to settle the girls down and tell them to play for themselves, not for my 300th win. I mean, I'm not going anywhere. It's not like I'm going to retire. If it wasn't that match, we could get it the next time or the one after that. I'll be back next season, so there wasn't a rush to get 300."
Against Madison Christian, Boyer had 27 kills and 21 digs, Brenna McCullough had 17 kills and 38 digs, Sydney Manny had six aces and 20 digs and Kirby had 53 assists and 12 digs.
The Eagles close out the regular season with league matches Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Fairfield Christian and Thursday, Oct. 11, at home against Tree of Life.
The Division IV district tournament draw is Sunday, Oct. 7. The tournament begins Oct. 15.