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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Volleyball Team Reaches Semifinals of Sequoyah Tournament
August 13th, 2011
St. Pius X rode the outstanding offensive effort of Leah Hardeman, Emily Morrison and Alex Bidgood to their strongest finish in the Sequoyah tournament in many years. The team was champions of their gym and ended up losing in the semi-final match to Whitewater High School, last years AAAA state runner-up. The key victories in the tournament were over Oconee County. Oconee was ranked 3rd in the state in AAA behind Pius' second place ranking. In the first matchup the Warriors got off to a strong start leading game 1 by a score of 9-1 before holding on for a victory. The Lady Lions then played their best volleyball of the tournament taking game 2 by a 25-13 tally. Pius then held on to win the three game match. In the first round of the tournament playoffs St. Pius X got by a strong Lassiter team 25-19,25-19 in anticipation of seeing Blessed Trinity for the first time in three years. That matchup will have to wait for 3 more days as Oconee defeated the Trojans to make the gym final. They were a tough match for the Lions in the final, but the scoreboard would go St. Pius' way 25-21,25-17. The team then travelled to Sequoyah for the final four and ran into the Whitewater steamroller. Game one was a tight hard fought affair that Whitewater took 25-23, then Whitewater turned in the best single game performance of the tournament and blew out the Lions in game 2. Other outstanding performers for the Lions in the 5-1 tournament were made by Ella Anastasiades and Amanda Stitt, who were the teams leading passer and setter respectively.