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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Volleyball Team Wins Area 5AAA Title
October 6th, 2011
The volleyball team showed how it has learned to deal with adversity in winning the area 5AAA championship tonight. Led by the hitting of Alex Bidgood and Leah Hardeman and the strong defensive play of Ella Anastasiades and Bianca Borough, the Lions came back from losing the first set to win the best of five match 3 sets to 1 over Riverwood for the area 5AAA crown. Riverwood came out strong and dominated the first set 25-17, but the Lions would not be denied. They made all the big plays down the stretch in the last three. The Raiders struggled to defend the middle attack of Alex Bidgood and Kallen Arvidson, with Alex making the big play to close out game two. Jessie Place came up big on game point of game three, and great placement hitting by Emily Morrison and Leah Hardeman helped finish things up in the final game. The setting of Grace McGoldrick and Amanda Stitt helped spread out the ball to all of the offensive weapons. Despite tenacious defense and some amazing hustle plays by the Raiders, the Lions were able to control the ball down the stretch for their 4th consecutive area title. This was the most challenging match in an area final during that streak, and that made this a big character win for the Lady Lions.