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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Number 1 Goes Down to the Lions .... Twice
August 16th, 2011
It is not often you get to even play the number one team in the state. In an unusual occurance the volleyball team played two team ranked #1 in the state on the same night. Blessed Trinity opened the 2011 season ranked number one in A/AA and Woodward Academy in AAA. The Golden Lion volleyball team managed to pull out both matches. In the opener Kelli Terracino had the best match of her life with six kills on only seven swings and a solid blocking effort to help shut down the BT offense. Grace McGoldrick returned to action after sitting out the weekend with her sore knee and helped run a well balanced Pius offense. The team defeated the Titans 25-18,25-19 in a comfortable win. In the night cap the Lions played their nemesis Woodward Academy, who have seemed to have St. Pius' number over the past few years since they played in the state finals in '08. In all three games the Golden Lions got off to early leads. In set 1 they gave the lead back and allowed the War Eagles to pull out the set. Set 2 looked like a mirror image of set 1 until Woodward got the score to 24. The Lady Lions then faced six match points against them and won them all, finally getting a match point of their own that was decided on a disputed referee's call. After the 29-27 set 2 win the team put the petal to the metal and dominated game three by a 25-14 tally. The last game was the best display of "team" volleyball that this group has ever put together. Ten kills by Leah Hardeman, 8 by Alex Bidgood, 7 for Emily Morrison and five for Kallen Arvidson showed the strength of the Pius offensive attack. But what won the match was that the Lions matches the War Eagles defensive intensity and hustle, led by 22 digs from Ella Anastasiades. The team is back in action Thursday where they continue their trek through Georgia's best teams by playing two teams ranked #2 in the state, GACS (A/AA) and Harrison (AAAAA) at Harrison High School.