(KAIT) - The Convocation Center crowd was pro-Patriot, rooting Marion on in the hopes of capturing their first volleyball state title on the first game of a packed state title slate Saturday.
Head Coach Lisa Beasley and company battled back to tie the match, winning the second set 25-23, but Benton surged back to take the final two sets 25-22 and 25-18 to win their first volleyball state title.
Marion reached the state finals in 2006, also falling at the last hurdle.
Three Lady Patriots made the 6A All-State Tournament team.
Region 8 Players on 6A All-State Tournament Team
Marion - Jacquia Bell, Carla Ann Norton, Taylor Sinclair
Jonesboro - Alex Aycock, Samantha Wyatt