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Tournament summaries provided by teams participating in GPSD (Great Plains Schools for the Deaf) and SpikeOut volleyball tournaments last weekend, Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7.

kansasKansas @ GPSD Volleyball Tournament

Pool A
Kansas 3 Minnesota 0 (25-15, 25-11, 15-10)

Cierra Sherwood: 4 aces, 1 kill
Jamaika Jones: 1 ace
Katja Grace: 1 ace, 1 assist
Kaylee Wells: 4 aces
Madison Welch: 5 aces, 8 kills
Tiadra Vang: 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 assists

Kansas 3 Oklahoma 0 (25-21, 25-12, 15-8)

Cierra Sherwood: 3 aces, 1 kill
Katja Grace: 1 ace, 3 kills
Kaylee Wells: 4 aces
Madison Welch: 1 ace, 11 kills, 1 block
Tiadra Vang: 8 aces, 2 kills, 6 assists

Kansas 3 Missouri 0 (25-9, 25-6, 15-7)

Cierra Sherwood: 2 aces, 2 kills
Avery Meza: 1 ace
Jamaika Jones: 2 aces
Katja Grace: 9 aces, 1 kill
Madison Welch: 2 aces, 5 kills
Tiadra Vang: 10 aces, 3 kills, 8 assists

Kansas 2 Iowa 0 (25-10, 25-15) - Quarterfinals

Cierra Sherwood: 1 ace, 3 kills
Jamaika Jones: 3 aces
Katja Grace: 1 ace
Kaylee Wells: 1 assist
Madison Welch: 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 block
Tiadra Vang: 7 aces, 1 kill, 3 assist

Kansas 2 Wisconsin 0 (25-10, 25-19) - Semifinals

Cierra Sherwood: 4 aces, 3 kills
Kaylee Wells: 3 aces
Madison Welch: 8 aces, 5 kills
Tiadra Vang: 4 aces, 2 assists

Kansas 2 New Mexico 1 (15-25, 25-20, 15-13) - Championship

Cierra Sherwood: 2 aces, 1 kill
Jamaika Jones: 1 ace
Katja Grace: 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist
Madison Welch: 6 aces, 7 kills, 1 block
Tiadra Vang: 6 aces, 1 kill, 5 assists

marylandMaryland @ SpikeOut Division 1 Volleyball Tournament

Round Robin
Texas 2 Maryland 0 (25-24, 25-23)
Maryland 2 Model 0 (25-21, 25-19)
Indiana 2 Maryland 1 (25-24, 19-25, 15-14)
Maryland 2 Riverside 0 (25-17, 25-24)
Maryland 2 Fremont 1 (25-14, 24-25, 15-6)

Maryland 2 Riverside 0 (25-20, 25-16) - Quarterfinals
Maryland 2 Indiana 1 (23-25, 25-10, 15-3) - Semifinals
Texas 2 Maryland 0 (25-20, 25-18) - Championship

Championship Game Stats
Milana Bielucke: 7 digs
Lexi Bullock: 7 kills
Rajena Guettler: 2 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces
Sierra Herzig-Wilcox: 1 kill
Cassidy Perry: 8 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace
Freya Seremeth: 9 assists, 4 digs

All-Tournament Team: Cassidy Perry (most voted) and Freya Seremeth.

marie-philipMarie Philip @ SpikeOut Division 2 Volleyball Tournament

Round Robin
Western Pennsylvania 2 Marie Philip 0 (25-24, 25-15)

We started very well and lead 24-21 in the first set. Unfortunately we got too excited and lost our composure. The Lions scored five unanswered points to win 25-24. There was no need to win by two points in round robin. I forgot that rule and sat on my last available time-out, but our girls accepted that defeat. They wanted to work on their focus and spirit for subsequent matches.

Marie Philip 2 Michigan 0 (25-21, 25-14)

We were familiar with the Tartars, having defeated them twice at the pre-season Kentucky tournament. However, in the first set our girls continued to have issues with their focus. A time-out in the second set woke them up and they played much better to pull away from Michigan.

Marie Philip 2 Lexington 1 (25-23, 22-25, 15-8)

Our home match against the Blue Jays last week Friday went five sets, and today was equally competitive. One of our starters needed to see a trainer after the second set had ended, but we adjusted with our sub very well and took advantage of a very good start. We pulled away to win that match.

Marie Philip 2 Rochester 0 (25-17, 25-20)

Of all the losses we had last season, the ESDAA round robin loss to the Wildcats was the one our players took the hardest. Rochester started the tournament 3-0, but our players gave them appropriate respect and we stuck to our game plan. We had a very good victory over a Rochester team that continues to improve from last year.

Marie Philip 2 New York 0 (25-10, 25-12)

Fanwood had a different roster than they anticipated at the start of the season, but they still took the trip to Maryland anyway. The Golden Tornadoes played hard and tried their best, and they rightfully won the Division II Sportsmanship award. Most of our points came from strong serving by Christine in the first set and Norma in the first set (11 consecutive service points each). Zora also contributed with 10 service points and worked on her overhead serving. We were able to play all our four allowed subs in that match. That was the icing on the top of our victory cake. We finished the round robin with a 4-1 record and clinched 2nd place in the playoffs with a 1st round bye.

Marie Philip 2 Rochester 1 (25-21, 20-25, 15-7) - Semifinals

Our girls were very nervous because we knew that we needed to win just one more match to be able to play at the championship match at Hood College. Some of our players watched Gallaudet's match the night before were excited by the possibility of playing in a gym designed for NCAA-level play. #3 seeded Rochester had beaten #6 seeded NYSD at the playoffs and they were more warmed up than we probably were. The Wildcats showed good teamwork and accurate attacking in the second set that frustrated our players. Between sets, we told our girls that if we wanted to play at the championship game, we would have to deserve it by playing like champions together. Our Lady Ghosts went back to our usual strategy for the third set and it paid off with a big win.

Western Pennsylvania 2 Marie Philip 1 (25-7, 23-25, 15-13) - Championship

Our girls were overwhelmed with the new environment at Hood College and we could not play our usual game for the whole set. I put in all four of our available subs at the same time so our starter could rest. Between sets, I told our girls that all we had to do was win the next two sets, and then the championship would be ours. Simple as that. The Lady Ghosts instantly transformed to our normal selves for the next set. We fought very hard to stay tied or ahead of WPSD. In the end, our Lion Tamers pulled off a stunning second set win. The third set was fitting for a championship match with the two best teams of the Division II tournament trading ties and leads the entire set. We wrestled a 12-11 lead from WPSD and during the Lions' time-out we focused on our emotions (stay fired up!!!). We agreed to be aggressive and try to end the match right there. Unfortunately, WPSD managed to wrestle the lead back 14-12 on an ambitious attack that didn't go over the net. After winning the ball back, a service error by us gave the Lions a well deserved championship.

In the locker room, the Lady Ghosts were very proud of themselves for fighting hard even when the first round robin match and the first set of the championship match did not go our way. Our players know that we still have some work to do to be even better and earn our first ever volleyball championship. At the awards ceremony, after we received our second place plaque, our captains (Sabrina Rodrigues and Shayla Rochette) were recognized with all-star honors. Congratulations to all 10 of our players and 2 player-managers for carrying themselves like all-stars for the entire weekend.

We would like to thank the Maryland School for the Deaf for being such great hosts and for introducing the Division II format. It was an incredibly rich experience for our girls to witness Division I teams, including the hometown favorites Maryland Orioles and the tournament's champions, the Texas Rangers. Our season record now stands at 16-8. Our next match will be an IGC league match on Wednesday, when we host the Landmark School. (Contributed by Head Coach Richard Knopf)

Tournament Stats
Sabrina Rodrigues: 10 aces, 17 kills, 3 assists, 6 digs
Shayla Rochette: 20 aces, 12 kills, 3 assists, 4 digs
Christine Vargas: 6 aces, 6 kills, 5 assists, 2 digs
Samantha Fernsebner: 1 ace, 5 kills, 2 assists, 1 dig
Norma Aldana: 7 aces, 8 kills
Zora Elliott-Mendlesohn: 11 aces, 10 kills, 41 assists
Carleigh Babbit: 2 aces, 1 assist

michiganMichigan @ SpikeOut Division 2 Volleyball Tournament

Round Robin
Rochester 2 Michigan 0 (25-24, 25-19)

Michigan School for the Deaf is participating in the first-ever Division 2 tournament and played Rochester School for the Deaf first. The matches were hot and close. Wendy Chicky shined serving 80% with four aces. She also received at 75%, making her the most efficient player.

Marie Philip 2 Michigan 0 (25-21, 25-14)

Tartars were attacking more (25 attacks). Haley Cooper serves were at 100% in this match and she was able to set the ball more frequently. We really wanted to pay them back for our loss in Kentucky, but were unsuccessful.

Western Pennsylvania 2 Michigan 0 (25-14, 25-17)

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf was our toughest opponent. Tartars broke down and had a hard time recovering. Wendy Chicky, once again showed us her value to the team and received at 100%. Kayla Sturdivant was serving at 100% as usual.

Michigan 2 New York 1 (18-25, 25-14, 15-9)

We made some changes in our last game Friday night and it helped bring our Tartar spirit back. We played against Fanwood New York School for the Deaf and needed a win. We placed the ball more effectively and as a team got 14 aces, with Addison Blair leading the way with six. Wendy Chicky and Haley Cooper proved why they are captains and showed great leadership on the floor while also being very efficient.

Lexington 2 Michigan 0 (25-17, 25-24)

We played the first match of the morning against Lexington School for the Deaf as this game was still part of the round robin format. Wendy Chicky was setting again and racked up several assists while serving at 100%. Addison Blair was running all over the place saving the ball left and right, while receiving at 100%.

Lexington 2 Michigan 0 (25-19, 25-19) - Quarterfinals

Our earlier loss to Lexington put us against them for a second time in bracket play. Addison Blair became our setter which opened up Wendy Chicky for more plays. Wendy added three kills to her stats and was serving and receiving at 100%. Despite our improvement, we lost and put us in the 5th place final.

Michigan 2 New York 0 (25-16, 25-23) - 5th Place

Our serves got better and Tartars were serving at 88% with Addison Blair getting eight aces. Haley Cooper was in high spirits and she helped lead the team. Her stats were 100% across the board while getting several assists. (Contributed by Head Coach Lindsay Lantagne)

rochesterRochester @ SpikeOut Division 2 Volleyball Tournament

The Wildcats traveled to Maryland School for the Deaf. We had round robin games on Friday. We played 2 out of 3 sets against Division 2 teams (Michigan, Lexington, Fanwood, Marie Philips, and Western Pensylvania). The first five games, we finished 3-2 in the round robin format and earned a #3 seed for the tournament.

On Saturday, we had our quarterfinal game against Fanwood and won the game. We then advanced to the semifinals against Marie Philips. It was a tough game as we lost one player who sprained her ankle and not able to play much on the court. We lost and then we had to play very next game for 3rd place against Lexington and we and lost that one too.

It was a good experience for the Wildcats to see what Division 1 looks like and how they played in games. We learned a lot and appreciated that Maryland School for the Deaf invited Division 2 teams to be part of it. (Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer)

Round Robin
Rochester 2 Michigan 0 (25-24, 25-19)

Mckenna Girod: 4 aces

Rochester 2 Lexington 1 (18-25, 25-23, 15-11)

Rochester 2 New York 1 (25-20, 22-25, 15-13)

Mckenna Girod: 3 aces
Cah'ryn Moquette: 1 block

Marie Philip 2 Rochester 0 (25-17, 25-20)

McKenna Girod: 1 kill
Mariana Menzynski: 1 kill
Cah'ryn Moquette: 1 kill, 2 blocks

Western Pennsylvania 2 Rochester 1 (25-17, 19-25, 15-6)

Rochester 2 New York 0 (25-9, 25-17) - Quarterfinals

McKenna Girod: 3 aces

Marie Philip 2 Rochester 1 (25-21, 20-25, 15-7) - Semifinals

Emma Kane: 4 kills
Avion Henderson: 4 assists
Mckenna Girod: 3 aces
Mariana Menzynski: 2 aces

Lexington 2 Rochester 0 (25-22, 25-17) - 3rd Place

Cah'ryn Moquette: 1 kill
Mckenna Girod: 1 kill

western-pennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania @ SpikeOut Division 2 Volleyball Tournament

Round Robin
Western Pennsylvania 2 Marie Philip 0 (25-24, 25-15)
Western Pennsylvania 2 New York 0 (25-10, 25-10)
Western Pennsylvania 2 Michigan 0 (25-14, 25-17)
Western Pennsylvania 2 Lexington 1 (21-25, 25-15, 15-10)
Western Pennsylvania 2 Rochester 1 (25-17, 19-25, 15-6)

We finished the Pool Play with a 5-0 record and were seeded #1.

Western Pennsylvania 2 Lexington 0 (25-12, 25-19) - Semifinals
Western Pennsylvania 2 Marie Philip 1 (25-7, 23-25, 15-13) - Championship

Cheyenne Sloan and Olivia Larson were named to the All-Tournament team.