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St. Pius X Golden Lions
St. Pius X Volleyball Finishes Lovett Block Party as Yellow Bracket Runner-Up
September 18th, 2010
Losses to Pope (#6 nationally) and Hoover (AL) in a very tough pool play dropped the Lady Lions into the third division of the Lovett Block Party Tournament. The team rebounded to reach the finals of that division before falling in a closely contested match to McIntosh. The team opened the tournament with a comfortable victory over Landmark Christian. Chelsea Onourah led the way with 6 kills and a .666 hitting percentage. That was followed by an emotional victory over Lakeside in a battle of McGoldrick's. Pius' Grace McGoldrick had 17 assists and Emily Morrison 12 kills, hitting .407 to pace the offense. 17 digs by Ella Anastasiades help pull out the victory. Day one of the tournament ended with the team facing Pope. Six kills for Leah Hardeman led the team in the loss to the #1 team in Georgia in AAAA. The critical final match of pool play saw the team face 6A Hoover (AL). After winning game 1 and leading game 2 by a 20-13 and 24-20 count, the Lions could not finish and fell to the Bucs in 3 sets. Despite solid defense by Ella Anastasiades and Catherine Evelyn, who received serve at 2.2, the offense could not connect enough to pull out the win.
The loss put the team in to the Yellow Bracket (3rd level) for the playoffs. The team opened with it's most complete match of the weekend. They defeated Greater Atlanta Christian with six hitters over .250 for the match. Emily Morrison led the team with 9 kills and a .444 hitting percentage. In the semi-finals against 5A Harrison the team won set 1 and lost set 2 in overtime. Set three was a 15 point affair that took a lot more than that to settle. The final was 19-17 after each team had at least 2 match point attempts. Nine kills each by Emily Morrison (.444) and Leah Hardeman (.438) paced the effort. Kallen Arvidson and Leah Hardeman were involved in 7 and 5 blocks respectively and the team total of 12 blocks in the match was the forth highest total in team history. In the final the team won set 1 and came back from down 10 points down to tie set 2 at 24 points apiece, but McIntosh was able to close out the second game and win the match in the third set. Chelsea Onourah had 5 kills in 5 swings in set 1 and four assisted blocks to lead the victory. Ten kills by Emily Morrison and a hitting percentage of .375 for Kallen Arvidson helped propel the Golden Lions in the final.