Germantown Academy faced off against Notre Dame De Namur in the final round of the PAISAA tournament. The Irish emerged victorious, winning in straight sets.
By: Joe Cicchino - Sports Information Assistant
BRYN MAWR -- Twice during the regular season the girls volleyball teams of Germantown Academy and Notre Dame De Namur have played each other. Both of those matches required five sets to decide a winner, with Notre Dame coming out on top both times.
The third meeting between the two teams took place in the final match of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association. Like the previous two matches, the Irish emerged victorious. Unlike the other matches, Notre Dame took the match in three sets, winning 25-14, 25-23 and 25-15.
"I knew it was going to be an uphill climb today," head coach Daniel Sullivan said, "I knew it was going to be tough."
Making things tougher for the Patriots was the fact that they were hit with injuries leading up to the match.
Sullivan said that the team had lost their libero, first DS off the bench and their best middle blocker in a week and a half span.
"On paper it wasn't looking too good," Sullivan said. "I wish we could have brought our full team back and went at them a third time with a full team. It's hard to beat someone three times, but it's a little easier when you're missing people."
GA led early in the first set, but Notre Dame took a 4-3 lead and never looked back.
In the second set, the Patriots came alive.
They went on multiple scoring runs while chipping away at the Notre Dame lead. The score was tied three different times in the second set, and GA momentarily took a one- point lead.
However, Notre Dame recovered, scoring the final three points of the set to take a 2-0 lead.
"We definitely picked up our play," Sullivan said. "Our serve receive got better, we were able to hold our serve for a little bit longer and get some immediate side outs. Thats what helped us be successful the first two times this year."
Down two sets to none, the Patriots did what they could to stay in the match.
Ultimately, it wasn't enough, as the Irish won the match in straight sets. The Patriots finished the season taking second place in the PAISAA Tournament.
"It is a bit like 'Groundhog Day,' being here for the third or fourth time and walking home with second place," Sullivan said.
Despite dropping the match, the year was still a great one for the Patriots.
"The senior leadership was there, we have some young talent too," Sullivan said. "How can you complain about two losses during the regular season?"
Germantown Academy finishes their 2017 season with a 14-3 overall record, while going 6-2 in Inter-Ac league play.
Jenna Schumann - 12 attacks (team high), 11 kills (team high), 2 assists, 9 digs (team high)
Natalie Schildt - 10 attacks, 7 kills, 6 digs
Alison Weber - 8 attacks, 2 kills, 2 assists 3 digs, 1 ace
Caitlyn Priore - 3 kills, 17 assists (team high), 8 digs, 2 blocks, 2 aces (team high)
Emily Lindgren - 4 attacks, 1 kill, 1 assist, 4 digs, 1 ace
Sarah Lindgren - 2 attacks, 1 dig