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Prep Volleyball Roundup - November 2

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

texasNorthland Christian 3 Texas 1 (25-16, 25-10, 17-25, 25-13) - TAPPS 4A 1st Round

Texas was ousted in the first round of the 4A TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) playoffs by Northland Christian. With the loss, Texas wraps up a very successful 2017 campaign with a 33-12-1 record. Season highlights include a second straight SpikeOut championship and a second place finish in District 4.

Kills: Ashlene Etkie 6, Ella-Berri 5, Sunita Schmidjorg 5, Team Total 26
Aces: Kaci Ketchum 4, Sunita Schmidjorg 4, Team Total 13
Blocks: Michaela Kelley 1, Team Total 1
Digs: Leila Sicoli 21, Sunita Schmidjorg 18, Team Total 76
Assists: Emma Giuntoli 19, Team Total 22.

Prep Volleyball Roundup - November 1

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

marie-philipMontrose School 3 Marie Philip 0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-22) - IGC Semifinals

Last night, #2 seeded Marie Philip School Lady Ghosts hosted #3 seeded Montrose School for the Independent Girls' Conference semifinals. We were missing one of our seniors (town closure), so it was a good opportunity for the younger substitutes to step up in the pressure of playoff volleyball. Injuries caught up with most of our starters and the Mavericks were simply firing on all cylinders today. We improved each set, including a nice second set that had all subs in for a comeback attempt. Montrose were simply the better team today. Congratulations and good luck to them as they challenge #1 seeded Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall for the league championship this Thursday.

Our fall volleyball season has ended. Our final record is 23-14 (7-4 league) - the best season in school history. Our highlights were 2nd place in both the Spike Out Division II tournament and last weekend's ESDAA tournament. All that with five high school and seven middle school players on the roster. We would like to thank our players, parents, staff, friends, opponents, and fans for making this season so wonderful and memorable for everyone involved. (Contributed by Head Coach Richard Knopf)

Sabrina Rodrigues: 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs
Norma Aldana: 3 kills, 1 dig
Carleigh Babbit: 2 kills, 1 dig
Zora Elliott-Mendelsohn: 3 aces, 12 assists
Shayla Rochette: 6 kills
Samantha Fernsebner: 1 ace
Lily Fruguglietti: - 1 kill
Anya Sukhovtsev: 1 assist

Prep Volleyball Roundup - October 31

Monday, October 30, 2017

model-secondaryWashington International School 3 Model 2 (25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-5) - PVAC Championship

The PVAC (Potomac Valley Athletic Conference) championship game went the distance with Model coming up on the short end. Emily Nover recorded a double-double for Model with 12 kills and 20 digs along with four aces.

Kills: Emily Nover 12, Talia Boren 5, Team Total 28
Aces: Emily Nover 4, Maia Swanson 4, Team Total 13
Blocks: Maia Swanson 3, Justina Miles 2, Corrie Ballentine 2, Team Total 7 Digs: Emily Nover 20, Aubrie Bauer 16, Team Total 83 Assists: Veronica Savage 20, Aubrie Bauer 4, Team Total 28

michiganGenesee Christian 3 Michigan 0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-10) - District 110 Quarterfinals

Michigan School for the Deaf faced Genesee Christian Academy in the quarterfinals of District 110 playoffs. Genesee Christian is a tough school to beat, but MSD tends to play according to the other team’s level. Tartars didn’t disappoint and played better than they have in a while. Addison Blair served at 100% while getting three aces. Wendy Chicky was this year’s kill leader with 53. Chicky also had the highest receiving percentage at 80%. Haley Cooper closed out the season with 47 assists and the highest serving percentage at 85%. Addison Blair earned the highest amount of aces with 97. Kayla Sturdivant also had a great season with 49 kills and 32 aces. (Contributed by Head Coach Lindsay Lantagne)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

fremontFremont 3 Holy Names 0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-10) - BCL Championship

Fremont extended their dominance in Bay Counties League by winning the championship for the seventh straight year in a sweep of Holy Names last Saturday. Jada Dawson was named the MVP with 11 kills. Hannah Wetzel and Malia Zornoza were selected to the All-Tournament team.

Kills: Jada Dawson 11, Malia Zornoza 11, Hannah Wetzel 6, Team Total 37
Aces: Jade Dawson 2, Kara Wolfangle 2, Team Total 7
Blocks: Hannah Wetzel 2, Jade Dawson 1, Team Total 3
Digs: Esther Biser 5, Jada Dawson 5, Team Total 23
Assists: Mahila Thornton 1, Jada Dawson 1, Team Total 2

ESDAA Volleyball Tournament Summaries

Summaries of Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Volleyball Tournament held at American School for the Deaf on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017.

marie-philipMarie Philip

This weekend, the Marie Philip School volleyball team traveled to American School for the Deaf for the Lady Ghosts' quest for our first volleyball championship. On Friday we played four one-set round robin matches to determine playoff bracket and seeding for Saturday.

MATCH 1 - lost to Rochester 25-22. We enjoyed a 19-11 lead, but our starters made too many reception errors and allowed the Wildcats to tie the match. We managed only one service point the rest of the match. Well done to Rochester for the great comeback victory to open the tournament.

MATCH 2 - beat St. Mary's 25-7. We had a locker room talk after the first match and our players returned to their usual MPS Volleyball form. We beat a very young Bison team.

MATCH 3 - beat Delaware 25-16. The Blue Hawks are a perennial top three finisher in the ESDAA, but I had never coached against them in my four years. I told our girls I wanted this one really, really bad, and the Lady Ghosts more than delivered with a 25-16 victory.

MATCH 4 - beat Pennsylvania/New Jersey 25-22. Before that match, we found out that Delaware had beaten Rochester, so to have a chance to win the pool, we would have to win our final match. The Panthers and Colts had joined forces for the ESDAA. They kept our match very close. I reminded the girls late in the match that we were playing against the best players of two teams, so control themselves so we could control the match. It worked and we finished the day 3-1, won the pool, and captured the #2 seed and 1st round bye on tiebreakers.

SEMIFINALS - beat Rochester 2-1 (22-25, 25-14, 15-8). #3 seeded Rochester continued their improvement by beating us again 25-22 to take the first set. Between sets Amanda and I implored the girls to trust their coaches and execute our decisions. Rochester started with a 9-4 lead. 7th grader Samantha put on her best serving performance by scoring 11 consecutive service points (including 6 aces) to turn the set upside down. Everything the Wildcats tried, our Lady Ghosts figured out a way to counter it. We won the second set and our momentum carried us to a third set victory and ticket to the championship match against the defending champions, #1 seeded Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Kudos to 10th grader Sabrina for her 10 kills and 8th grader Zora for 14 assists for that match alone.

FINALS - lost to Western Pennsylvania 2-0 (16-25, 21-25). From what I heard from the fans, players, and coaches, the rematch of the Spike-Out Division II championship delivered plenty of excitement. The Lions controlled most of the first set to win the match. Between sets, our players shared their championship match jitters with the coaches. We told them to play the way they feel, no matter what, and not worry what the world thinks of them. Our results would take care of themselves. WPSD started the second set by leading 6-1, but we made adjustments and stuck to our game plan. Our lion tamers were able to lead 20-16. However, WPSD stopped giving us free balls and started launching disciplined attacks on us. Our players tried very, very hard, but our digging and mental stamina were not strong enough to withstand the Lions' charge. Congratulations to WPSD for winning their second ESDAA championship.

2nd place ties our best ESDAA finish in school history (2011). Amanda, David, and I are proud of the Lady Ghosts for continuing to improve each year. Congratulations as well to Delaware for winning 3rd and Team Sportsmanship, PSD/NJSD for winning the Silver Cup (7th place), and finally to ASD for repeating the success of their 2014 ESDAA tournament hosting.

Our season record now stands at 23-13. Our league, the Independent Girls' Conference, has season-ending playoffs this week. On Tuesday we, seeded #2 (7-3 record), will host the winner of Monday's #3 vs. #6 match. We will need to be even better than we were this weekend to earn Thursday's finals trip and that elusive first championship. (Contributed by Head Coach Richard Knopf)

TOURNAMENT STATS (9 sets played)
Shayla Rochette: 17 aces, 10 kills, 5 assists, 2 digs
Zora Elliott-Mendelsohn: 5 aces, 8 kills, 42 assists, 2 digs
Sabrina Rodrigues: 3 aces, 21 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs
Christine Vargas: 6 aces, 4 kills, 1 dig
Norma Aldana: 7 aces, 6 kills, 2 digs
Samantha Fernsebner: 10 aces, 3 kills, 1 dig
Chloe Martin: 1 assist


On Friday, we traveled to American School for the Deaf in Connecticut. We started play in the round robin and to win as many as we can to get in the gold bracket instead of the silver bracket. Top six teams will go to the gold bracket and the bottom four teams will go to the silver bracket.

Last year, we finished in 7th place since as we won the silver bracket. But, we didn’t want to go back to the silver bracket. The Wildcats' big goal was to get in the gold bracket.

The Wildcats started off really strong on Friday with 3 wins and 1 loss in the round robins and we entered the gold bracket for Saturday.

Our first game on Saturday against American School for the Deaf and we lost our first set. We figured out how to win last two sets to advance to the semifinals against Marie Philip School. We won first set and had a big 9-2 lead in the second set. However, MPS fought hard to come back and win the second set then they also won the third set. We ended up playing for 3rd place. Delaware is also a good team and we lost to them in two sets.

We finished in 4th place, but the Wildcats did great and did their best in every game. They learned as much as they can then get ready for next year. (Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer)

Round Robin - 1 set
1st game - Rochester 1 Marie Philip 0 (25-22)
2nd game - Rochester 1 New Jersey/Pennsylvania 0 (25-20)
3rd game - Rochester 1 St Mary's 0 (25-18)
4th game - Delaware 1 Rochester 0 (25-17)

3-1 record for Round Robin.

Gold Bracket: (Best of 3)

Quarterfinals - Rochester 2 American 1 (23-25, 25-12, 15-5)

Mckenna Girod: 5 aces, 1 kill
Emma Kane: 4 assists
Julia Ott: 3 kills

Semifinals - Marie Philip 2 Rochester 1 (22-25, 25-14, 15-8)

McKenna Girod: 2 kills

3rd Place - Delaware 2 Rochester 0 (25-19, 25-17)

Emma Kane: 9 assists
Mckenna Girod: 6 kills
Mariana Menzynski: 2 kills


The ESDAA Volleyball Tournament took place at ASD this past weekend. Eleven schools participated with Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and New Jersey School for the Deaf combining for a single team. After round robins on Friday, PSD/NJSD was placed in the silver bracket with three other teams. PSD/NJ came out on top and won the silver bracket tournament (7th place). Yasmean Evans was named to the All-Tournament team. Evans and Gia DiGiacomo also won the setting skills competition. (Contributed by Athletic Director Matt Bujak)

Friday, October 27, 2017 (Robin Round)
Delaware 1 New Jersey/Pennsylvania 0 (25-17)
Rochester 1 New Jersey/Pennsylvania 0 (25-20)
New Jersey/Pennsylvania 1 St Mary's 0 (25-9)
Marie Philip 1 New Jersey/Pennsylvania 0 (25-22)
Record: 1-3

Saturday, October 28, 2017 (Silver Bracket)

Semifinals - New Jersey/Pennsylvania 2 West Virginia 0 (25-9, 25-17)

Silver Championship - New Jersey/Pennsylvania 2 New York 0 (25-16, 25-9)


ESDAA Volleyball Tournament at American School for the Deaf.

Friday, October 27th – Round Robin
DSD vs. NJSD/PSD – won 25-17
DSD vs. Marie Philip School - lost 25-16
DSD vs. Rochester – won 25-17
DSD vs. St. Mary’s – won 25–11

DSD, Rochester and Marie Philip – 3 way tie with 3-1 in pool play. Tie breaker ended up with 1st Marie Philip, 2nd DSD, and 3rd Rochester.

Saturday, October 28th – Gold Bracket Play – best of 3
Quarterfinals - DSD vs. Lexington – won 25-23 and 25-21 (2-0)
Semifinals - DSD vs. Western Pennsylvania – lost 25-21 and 25-22 (0-2)
3rd Place - DSD vs. Rochester – won 25-19 and 25-17 (2-0)

ESDAA Sportsmanship Award – DSD
ESDAA All-Tournament Team – Carolyn Russell and JyAjia Bratten

(Contributed by Athletic Director Richard Pelletier)

Prep Volleyball Roundup - October 28

Friday, October 26, 2017

marylandMaryland 3 Frederick 0 (30-28, 25-10, 25-18)

Maryland closed out the 2017 campaign with a sweep of Frederick at home. Cassidy Perry and Freya Seremeth recorded double-doubles for Maryland. Perry led with 11 kills and 15 digs along with four blocks. Seremeth passed out 21 assists and had 11 digs.

Cara Bielukce: 1 kill
Milana Bielucke: 7 digs, 1 ace
Lexi Bullock: 1 kill, 7 digs, 4 aces
Rajena Guettler: 9 kills, 1 block, 10 digs, 2 aces
Sierra Herzig-Wilcox: 1 block, 1 dig
Hanna Johnston-Shaw: 3 digs
Cassidy Perry: 11 kills, 4 blocks, 15 digs, 5 aces
Freya Seremeth: 21 assists, 11 digs

JV: Maryland 2 Frederick 0 (25-21, 25-13)
JV Record: 22-2-1

Thursday, October 26, 2017

texasLive Oak Classical 3 Texas 0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21)

We played a last-minute addition volleyball match on Thursday night to prepare us for the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) State playoff match this coming Tuesday, October 31st against Northland Christian.

Live Oak is currently ranked #1 in state for TAPPS 2A schools. They have a 6-2 hitter (Bailey Keith) who has signed with Air Force and is currently the nation's #1 leader in total kills with 776 this season. (Contributed by Head Coach RJ Kaufman)

Kills: Ashlene Etkie 5, Sunita Schmidjorg 5, Team Total 21
Aces: 5 players with 1, Team Total 5
Blocks: Team Total 0
Digs: Ashlene Etkie 10, Leila Sicoli 9, Team Total 33
Assists: Emma Giuntoli 16, Sunita Schmidjorg 2, Team Total 18

Prep Volleyball Roundup - October 27

Thursday, October 26, 2017

fremontFremont 3 Fremont Christian 0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-13) - BCL Semifinals

Jade Dawson put up a double-double with 13 digs, 11 assists and eight aces to power Fremont past Fremont Christian in the BCL (Bay Counties League) semifinals. The team advances to the championship match this Saturday where they will face Holy Names.

Kills: Jada Dawson 13, Esther Biser 7, Team Total 34
Aces: Jade Dawson 8, Malia Zornoza 5, Team Total 25
Blocks: Hannah Wetzel 1, Malia Zornoza 1, Team Total 2
Digs: Jade Dawson 13, Esther Biser 11, Kara Wolfangle 11, Team Total 72
Assists: Malia Zornoza 18, Jade Dawson 11, Team Total 30

texasLive Oak Classical 3 Texas 0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21)

Texas was dropped in straight sets by Live Oak Classical in the final game before the playoffs. Ashlene Etkie had team high 10 digs and five kills for Texas.

Kills: Ashlene Etkie 5, Sunita Schmidjorg 5, Team Total 21
Aces: 5 players with 1, Team Total 5
Blocks: Team Total 0
Digs: Ashlene Etkie 10, Leila Sicoli 9, Team Total 33
Assists: Emma Giuntoli 16, Sunita Schmidjorg 2, Team Total 18

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