Congratulations to our SSPP 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Team! The team won 2nd place in the Diocesan Championship Final last night. many thanks to coach Anna Benz!
In back to back nights of games, the 7th Grade Varsity Volleyball team tried to cage the Cougars of St. Greg’s and quiet first place Queen of Heaven. The opponents found it hard to recognize the well practiced and maturing Knights. With high sets from Lorena F , back row bumps by Mattea G and spectacular digs by Sophia Y, SSPP kept the games closer than every before against these solid competitors. Maria Q, Amelia M, Mary E, Kennedy K and Lorena F added points with their serves while Isabella A and Olivia Z went on 4 and 7 point runs respectively. Extra efforts by Courtney B and Ryleigh M made it exciting, but the Knights fell short of their attempts to take a win from these two rivals. Their final match of the regular season is at home against their 8th grade sisters at 6pm tonight. Come see all your classmates in action!
The lucky thirteen showed up again for the 7th Grade Varsity Volleyball team and their 6th grade call-ups at the St. Mary’s of Lancaster Grammar School Volleyball tournament Saturday. Morning pool play began with a good warm up game against St. John’s. Still a little nervous standing in the cavernous three court gym, SSPP traded points through the game, and quickly got used to their substitution partners. Solid net play by Mary E and a pair of aces in a six point streak by Jaiden M locked in the win. Nativity Warriors were up next…with a grudge to settle after SSPP beat them at home last week. They came out quick with their ace server, halting the Knights march and handing them a quick loss. Right back on the court, Ss Peter & Paul’s bakers dozen found multiple holes in St. Benedict’s defense, with Ryleigh M, Mattea G, Jaiden M and Mary E all scoring aces. Nice returns form Victoria N, Courtney B and great back row defense by Sophia Y locked in exciting back to back wins for the Knights. The excitement was short lived as SSPP faced league leader Queen of Heaven. With dominating serves and precision hits, the Eagles made quick work of the Knights in their two games, putting SSPP in the Silver playoff bracket.
Based on the morning play, post lunch playoffs seeded SSPP against our most equally matched competitor this year, Immaculate Conception. With previous ceiling height issues erased, Courtney B and Maria Q each pointed on their serves while Kennedy K and Mattea G provided needed defense. Olivia Z and Isabella A both added six services wins each, but the Knights fell short in both games and believing they were out of the tournament. Half the team stayed to watch the 8th graders in their playoff games in the Gold bracket when the tournament director came to get the team for their Silver bracket game. Only the Bronze bracket had single elimination and the Knights were on the court again to play Nativity for 4th place overall and the Silver Bracket Championship based on total points against. With a frantic text to get players back, the cheering group took the court and tried to break the Warrior’s serve. A nice dig by Victoria N, set by Lorena F and hit by Isabella A got the crowd cheering, but did not provide the Knights enough momentum to win the game. What was happening though, was a steady stream of teammates coming back to play and the energy in the gym was growing. With Amelia M and Lorena F protecting the back row, nice service runs by Isabella A, Olivia Z and Jaiden M put the points on the board to take game two. The deciding game to 15 was full of excitement, trading points until Nativity went ahead by three and the panic stricken Knights called time out to regroup. With fans yelling and the team cheering, service runs by Mary E and Olivia Z tied the game at 15. Aiming high, Courtney B served up what became one of the longest points the Knights have played with an exceptional dig by Sophia Y, set by Lorena F and put away hit by Isabella A. Game point, match and win came off Courtney’s serve and defensive miss by Nativity.
I wonderful experience for all involved. Congratulations to the well represented Ss Peter & Paul Knight’s.
The 7th Grade Varsity volleyball team moved their battle against the highly ranked Nativity Warriors to Orchard Park for a double header last night. Coming off some exciting games in the nights before, the Knights were ready for anepic clash or red versus blue. With game faces painted, SSPP traded points until Isabella A and Olivia Z broke out some serving streaks backed with quality defensive plays by Sophia Y. Server Jaiden M drew her sword last to bring home the win for the Knights, 26-24. Nativity marched back with their own service runs and multiple aces to knock the Knights back to reality in game two, 19-25. The grudge game to determine the match was full of sweat and tears and highs and lows. Good returns by Mary E and Sophia in the final minutes locked in the game and match win for SSPP 25-23.
Nativity sent out their heavy handed first line to start match two. Freezing the Knights in their footsteps and shutting down their serves, the Warriors took game one 13-25. Eating a couple Timbits each, SSPP rushed back into the line of fire and fought the onslaught of serves with returns by Mattea Gianno and Lorena F. Isabella A led from the service line, but the team could not prevail, dropping 19-25. Winded, tired and depressed, the Knights trudged out one more time. Renewed excitement came from key service wins by Maria Q and Courtney B. Two front line put-aways by Olivia Z quieted the Nativity crowd while Sophia Y’s back row coverage stymied the Warriors serves. Jaiden M solidified the Knights comeback with a 9 point service streak, locking in the win 25-23.
Congratulations girls on a well fought pair of matches.
The Varsity teams will be playing in the St. Mary’s of Lancaster Grammar School Volleyball tournament Saturday, October 15th at the high school. Good luck girls!
Up against the first place team in the league, the 7th grade varsity volleyball team brought a simple mindset to the court: improve our play better than last match and we will be closer to our goal to win. So with their hearts on their sleeves, they began their march to ground the Queen of Heaven Eagles. Game after game the Knights prepared for battle, sending in reinforcements as fatigue and injury ensued. But never did they give up, never did they get down. And in the end, with smiles and pride, they congratulated the victors and focused on their next goal…getting a little better the next time.
Back to back match highlights include some incredible serving by Isabella A, super returns by Mattea G, Ameila M and Kennedy K and solid net play by Ryleigh M. A rarely attempted left-handed hit by Courtney B had the Eagles totally faked out. Sophia Y retuned to set up a few perfect combinations while Maria Q provided needed support.
The girls hit the court again tonight to play the always competitive Nativity of Orchard Park at SSPP. Come and cheer them on – concessions available.
A busy night at Ss Peter & Paul as the 7th and 8th grade varsity teams both took on St. Greg’s and then each other in doubleheaders. Down four players because of injury, three 6th grade call ups filled out the roster and added a little excitement to the 7th grade team.
The girls kept it close in the first two games against St. Greg’s with service runs from Olivia Z, Mary E and Ryleigh M. Good net play by Courtney B and back row support from Mattea G and Ameila M helped tame the Cougars. But St. Greg’s strong serving outwit the Knights too many times, winning the match.
After cheering the 8th grade team to victory against St. Greg’s, the 7th grade team squared off against their big sisters. Staring up at the towering Knights made them a little glassy eyed but eager to show their skills. The game stayed close until Cece B broke out a 7 point service run. Olivia Z and Ryleigh M countered with three each to tie the game back up. Defensively Maria Q and Mattea G provided some needed support, but not before Hannah G and Emily P took their turns behind the line and closed out the game for the 8th grade. The Knights began the second battle neck and neck with nice service runs from both sides, including Mary E, Mattea, and seven from Mary J. Even with a solid offensive effort by Kennedy K and Ameila M, the 8th grade won the race to 25, followed by a quick win in game three powered by Kristina B’s serves.
Come cheer on the girls at home Wednesday night against Queen of Heaven.
Last night, our 8th grade girls volleyball team played against Immaculate Conception in East Aurora.
Playing as hard as ever, they won the game!
The girls were neck and neck with the other team in the first match, but after tough plays, they defeated them.
In the second match, the girls played harder, but got in the lead with Caroline C serving 13 points in a row!
Good serves by Ceci B, Hannah G and Emily P. Good digs by Kristina B, Riley O, Lily S and Sarah S. and amazing effort by Mary J, Noor N, Heidi W and Hanna S.
The girls play again today at St. Gregg! Go Lady Knights!
The 7th Grade Varsity Volleyball team traveled to beautiful East Aurora for their first match of the season last night. The Immaculate Conception gym was loud with excitement as the teams were neck-n-neck during the three game match. Strong defense by Mattea G and good net play by Olivia Z along with bulls eye serves by Isabella A and Mary E pushed the first game to a close but disappointing 24-26 loss.Knowing they could now keep up with their opponents, SSPP started game two off quickly with Isabella behind the line spotting a 10 point service rally. Lorena F added 5 of her own successful serves while Maria Q and Courtney B lent a hand with point winning hits. Amelia M was called up to help and provided a service win and quality defense, pushing the Knights to their first game win of the season 25-19. As the final game of this grudge match began, the SSPP community arrived in droves with the 8th grade team due to play Immaculate Conception next. Solid serving by Mary and Isabella, each tallying a half dozen points with Olivia adding 5 and Mattea 3 of her own. A pair of great combination bump, set, hits by Olivia Z, Sophia Young and Isabella stymied their competitor’s rallies. A thundering chant of “SSPP, SSPP” from the 8th grade team and their parents, carried the Knights to an exciting victory 25-23. Congratulations girls on your first match win!
Next game is tonight at Ss Peter & Paul against St. Greg’s at 6pm.
The Boys Volleyball team took both games yesterday against OLBS to bring their record to 7-3. The boys have had a strong season so far and continued that yesterday! Jack m and Jed D had strong plays at the net blocking and hitting while Nate M and Stephen W displayed strong passing all game long. Dominic S was a true leader and showed his hustle and athleticism to help gain the win. Gio S stepped up big time when his number was called and contributed largely to the game. Michael S held his composure at the net and contributed his share of points. Matt R and Nick Q contributed well off the bench. Next game is Thursday at home at 5:00 against Queen of Heaven.