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Phillips Academy’s Girls' Volleyball Takes 2010 New England Championship

November 22, 2010 --One week after both the boys and girls cross-country teams won their respective league championships, Phillips Academy’s girls volleyball team matched the achievement by taking home first place in the New England Prep School Girls Fall Volleyball Association tournament held at Deerfield Academy on Saturday, November 20.

The number one seed in the tournament, Andover first had to fight its way past third-seeded Choate in the semi-final match before earning the right to advance to the finals, where it took on Hotchkiss for the championship.

In the semi-final game, Andover started off on the right foot by jumping out to a quick 7-3 lead in the first set, only to have Choate storm back to tie it up at 15-15. Riding the momentum, Choate then broke open a seven-point lead. While Andover was able to bounce back to tie it up again at 24-24, Choate went on to take the set 26-24.

The second set started off slowly for Andover until Lucia McGloin’s ’13 serve bounced the Big Blue to a 6-5 lead. Sparked by the play of co-captain Kemi Amurawaiye ’11 and Zoe Roschach ’12, Andover won the second set 25-17.

In the third set, Chelsea Ward ’12 racked up eight service points, leading the way to a 25-12 Andover victory there, while Andover’s McGloin served nine points in the fourth set to send the Big Blue onto the finals against Hotchkiss. During the semi-final match, Amurawaiye racked up three aces, three stuffs, and 14 kills, while Roschach had two aces and 10 kills.

In the finals, McGloin’s serves gave Andover an early 8-1 lead over Hotchkiss, creating enough momentum for PA to storm through the first set to a 25-15 victory. Andover started out strong in the second set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of Ward’s service, but the fatigue from the long day took its toll, giving Hotchkiss the opportunity it needed to fight back and tie the set at 22-22. Hotchkiss then called a time-out, and came back to take two quick points. Andover answered with a time out of its own, after which it was able to take the next four points, winning the set 26-24.

After a competitive start, the third and final set eventually became Andover’s show, and Hotchkiss went down in defeat by a score of 25-17. During the course of the final match,
Roschach had four aces and 12 kills, co-captain Jamie Shenk ’12 accounted for three aces and four kills, Chelsea Ward claimed 29 assists and three aces, and Sarah Onorato ’11 claimed 33 of 35 digs on defense.

Article and photo from the Phillips Academy website.