Thursday, October 25, 2012
Cathedral Academy, on Monday, won its first volleyball state championship.
The Generals earned a 25-16, 14-25, 25-23, 25-18 victory over Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach during the SCISA Class A title game held at Wilson Hall High School in Sumter.
“It was a tough match,” Cathedral coach Kylee Roberts said. “Christian Academy has an excellent defensive team. There for a while it seemed like there wasn’t anything we could put over the net they couldn’t return but we were able to pull it out.”
Cathedral improved to 21-5 on the season after going 11-1 in Region 3-A. The Generals also won their region tournament earlier this month.
“At the beginning of the season we felt like we had a strong team and the girls set their sights on going all the way,” Roberts said. “They were focused all season and all of them significantly and uniquely contributed to this team and to the success of our season. Our motto was Play for One, with One being God. We want to glorify God on and off the court. They feel blessed to have the talent they do so they want to make the most of it and play with heart.”
Junior Madison LaPorte is he team’s starting setter and one of its primary leaders on the court. Senior Sara Brace, junior Jordan McLawhorn and freshman Macey LaPorte are the squad’s top hitters.
Sophomore Katie Schneider and senior Rachel Housel are the team’s defensive specialists. Juniors Caroline O'Laughlin and Victoria Smith, sophomore Vanessa Alessandrini and freshman Meghan Carter are utility players whose roles vary based on the Generals’ opponents.
Madison LaPorte and McLawhorn have been selected to play in the SCISA North/South All-star game scheduled for Oct. 27.
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