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Davis family run at Calvary Chapel ends with state tournament

Calvary Chapel senior volleyball player Lexi Davis doesn’t want to think about this weekend.

She doesn’t want to cry.

She’s not quite ready to be done playing for her dad.

Davis is the youngest of coach Nick Davis’ three daughters, all of whom played volleyball for their father at Calvary Chapel.

Her career will end this weekend in Reno — the Lions are playing White Pine on Friday in the Class 2A girls state tournament — marking the end of an era for her family.

“I try not to think that this is my last game or whatever,” Davis said. “I’m trying not to think about it so I don’t cry. I’m a little nervous. But I think it will be good. I think we have a really good chance of winning.”

Fair enough.

After all, winning has become the norm since Nick Davis took over the program, reaching the state tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

For the past nine years, Davis has had at least one of his daughters on his roster. And all three have been on a state tournament team.

First it was Brettani Davis. Then it was Brooke. Now it’s Lexi.

“It started with my oldest,” Davis said. “She didn’t want to play volleyball. She didn’t like volleyball. We put her in it … And next thing you know, she started excelling … From there, her sisters started following in her footsteps. It’s been a volleyball family ever since.”

Davis said Brettani and Brooke, who are 18 months apart and are on the Lions’ coaching staff, played a lot of volleyball growing up and two years of high school volleyball together. Lexi took note of her older sisters’ successes and started playing, too.

“We weren’t sure she was going to be interested in volleyball because she liked doing a lot of other stuff,” Nick Davis said. “She still likes doing a lot of other things, but she’ll step on the court and is probably more competitive than they were.”

Davis’ wife, Amy, is an assistant coach, and she said the experience of coaching and working with her husband and daughters has “been amazing” and that the passion for the sport has made the family closer.

“It’s kind of come full circle. It’s emotional, I guess, because it’s the end,” Amy said. “My husband started doing it because he wanted our daughters to have an amazing experience in school and with volleyball, and it became more than that.”

Nick, Amy and Lexi said they are expecting this weekend to be emotional for the family, which spends at least two hours a day together at volleyball practice and during games.

But all three are optimistic about Calvary Chapel’s chances at wining the state championship.

“It’s a great way to end the Davis trilogy, being all together,” Nick Davis said. “It’s a cool thing to be a part of.”

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