The Academy Volleyball Team won their last state game in 1977. ((Photo Credit: Caroline Jones/ Achona Online))
The Academy Volleyball Team won their last state game in 1977.

(Photo Credit: Caroline Jones/ Achona Online)

2019 Varsity Volleyball Team Wins Regional Finals

November 6, 2019

The Academy of the Holy Names Varsity volleyball team won their Regional Finals Game on November 5 at seven p.m. After a tough battle against Nature Coast Technical High School, AHN won three out of the four sets total.

“This is my first year on the volleyball team and I absolutely love it.  I am so excited to be going to states as a freshman.  Districts have been a really fun experience and has brought the team really close together.  I am really lucky to have such an amazing team and hopefully we can make it even further than States,” said Camille McClendon (’24).

(Photo Credit: Caroline Jones/Achona Online) It has been forty-two years since Academy has won District and Regionals.

The Regional Finals game was held at Academy of the Holy Names with many AHN students coming to support. The student body theme for the game was “tourists.” Girls dressed in sun hats, Hawaiian shirts, and sunglasses.

“I love going to the Academy volleyball games. I have been to every district game and it feels good to support my school. The team always plays their hardest and are really entertaining to watch.  I hope we win states because I know the team is really talented and it would be awesome to see their hard work pay off,” said Abigail Weaver (’21).

Academy started off the game strong, dominating the first set with a 25-18 score. During the second set Academy pulled through with a score of 25-17. In the third set, the team lost their streak with a score of 17-25. During the fourth and last set, Academy beat the Nature Coast team with a 25-14 score.

“I have had so much fun this season. As a team we have grown so close and each game we play better because we communicate so well.  I love all the girls on my team and I’m so proud of how far we have made it,” said Mia Zazzero (’21)

Lauren Donofrio (’24) and Olivia Mortellaro (’21) were the arguably stars of the games. The team as a whole made 26 digging plays. The two girls made 12 of those plays between themselves.

Jenessa Bailey (’21) and Gabby Butler (’20) assisted the ball a total of 28 times between the two of them. This means they set the ball up in the air to be spiked over by another player.

Camryn McClendon (’24) made the most blocking plays in the game. With a total of 14 blocking plays as a team, McClendon made eight of them.

“I am so excited for States on Saturday. We have been working really hard and I love my teammates. I think it is going to be a hard game but either way I am proud of how far we have come so far.  It’s really nice to have support from students that come to our games and it makes me really excited while playing,” said Sara Vivero (’20).

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