October 26th, 2013

St. Nicholas, St. Edward win CSAA championships

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

St. Nicholas, St. Edward win CSAA championships
St. Nicholas' Eighth-Grade A Division champs / photo and cover by Conor Revell

Mercy Academy hosted the CSAA Volleyball Championships on Saturday, and St. Nicholas Academy and St. Edward walked away as Eighth Grade City Champs.

St. Nicholas 2, St. Paul 0 – 8th Grade – A Division

St. Nicholas trailed only once and defeated St. Paul 25-21, 25-10 in the A Division City Championship match. 

"We just played St. Paul two weeks ago in our league and it went three (sets),” St. Nicholas head coach Laura McCulloch said. “When our kids play loose and have a good time they play the way they did tonight. We were undefeated all season.”

In the first game, St. Nicholas never led by more than three points until they rallied to take a 23-19 lead. Although St. Paul didn’t win, it matched St. Nicholas' 12 kills in that first set. The Panthers had two aces to St. Paul’s zero.

The second set was completely different. Leading 10-7, St. Nicholas scored nine straight points and closed the game with a 15-3 run. Karly Basham served up an ace to seal the win.

“We told them to go out and have a good time and that's what they did,” McCulloch said. “This was the first 8-A championship for St. Nicholas. It feels really good. We've been playing the same way all year long. We work on defense and identifying hitters. That's been our game plan all year long."

Both teams finished the game with 15 kills while the Panthers delivered five aces to St. Paul’s two.

Sydney Gardner, Kristen Meyer, Jenna Story, Callie Martin, Keely Boldin and Alexis Triplett recorded kills for St. Nicholas.

Peyton McClinton, Taylor Starks, Alyssa Keene, and Madison Wilson had kills for St. Paul.

Gardner, Boldin, Brutscher, and Martin, and Basham delivered aces for St. Nicholas.

Starks served up both of St. Paul’s aces.

St. Edward 2, St. Gabriel 0 – 8th Grade – AA Division

St. Edward won its third straight volleyball championship when the Braves defeated St. Gabriel 25-10, 25-16 in the AA City Championship match.

"We had our eighth-graders take us off to a good start,” winning head coach Jimmy Scott said. “I've always told our girls as long as we get a good start our offense is going to take care of itself and that defense wins championships. We played really good defense tonight and that's what led us to victory.”

The Braves roared out to a 7-3 lead in the first set and had runs of 5-0 and 6-0 before closing out the game with a 12-2 burst to win the set 25-10.

In the second set, St. Gabriel gave St. Edward trouble early. With the score tied at 9, the Braves went on a 6-1 run. St. Gabriel hung around and trailed just 19-15 at one point, but the Braves sealed the deal by scoring six of the last seven points.

“We were undefeated this season," Scott said. “We played in the mid-city tournament at St. Raphael and won. And we came in strong into this CSAA tournament. The girls played really well and I'm really proud of them. This is our third championship in a row and we're on a really good roll right now."

Serving proved to be the strength for St. Edward. The Braves served up 12 aces, St. Gabriel only one.

And the Braves dominated the frontline as well, delivering 20 kills to St. Gabriel's three.

Kayla Kaiser, Jayme Scott, Kara Shunnaruh and Trinity Combs had aces for St. Edward. Amber Vance was the only St. Gabriel player to register one.

Bella Bowman, Lillie Hereford, Lauren Myrick, Shunnaruh, Scott, Combs and Kaiser all delivered kills for St. Edward.

Olivia Waldridge and Brittany Sortor had St. Gabriel’s kills.


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