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Volleyball: Patriots Tame Lions, Advance to PAISAA Championship

Much like many games this season, the Germantown Academy Patriots made quick work of their opposition, downing Academy of the New Church in straight sets, 25-14, 25-11 and 25-13.

FORT WASHINGTON -- Much like many games this season, the Germantown Academy Patriots made quick work of their opposition. In their latest match, the Patriots downed Academy of the New Church in straight sets-25-14, 25-11, 25-13-in Thursday's Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) semifinal contest in the big match.

"I think it went really well," captain Alison Weber '18 said. " We had lot of energy which always makes it so much more fun. It was a good last home match for the seniors."

Even more impressive than their 13th win in straight sets of the year was the fact that they did it short-handed.

"We lost Shannon Topley '19 for the season, we're down our leading blocker Gina Porter '18, but the team responded so well tonight," said GA Varsity Girls Volleyball Head Coach Dan Sullivan. "We came out so sharp. I couldn't be more proud of them."

The Patriots cruised to victories in the first two sets, but had trouble pulling away from the Lions early in the third.

Things were tied up at 10 until Germantown Academy closed the game out on a 15-3 run.

"Credit to them," Sullivan said. "I told the team between sets that [Academy of the New Church] were desperate now and that they should expect them to not play the same."

Sullivan added that ultimately, the serving helped GA pull away. He said that the Lions struggled in that area a bit, and "it all starts there, so if you're not executing that, it's tough to score points."

With the win, GA moves onto the PAISAA final where they will take on Academy of Notre Dame De Namur.

"We're just going to go back and continue working on the little things," Sullivan said. "Their defense is top-notch. We're just going to work hard and keep grinding."

The Irish won both of the regular season matchups against the Patriots, 3-2.

Sullivan knows just how important a win in the championship game would be.

"It would be amazing, especially with what we're facing with our depleted team right now," Sullivan said. "It would probably be the biggest win in program history. We've gotten second place to them, we're no stranger to second place. To be honest, it's getting annoying."

The Patriots will face Notre Dame De Namur on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 4:00 p.m.

GA Stats

Jenna Schumann - 11 kills (team high), 9 attacks (team high), 6 digs (team high)

Natalie Schildt - 8 kills, 3 attacks, 10 aces (team high)

Alison Weber - 3 kills, 8 attacks, 1 assist, 1 dig

Emily Lindgren - 3 kills, 3 attacks, 2 aces, 2 digs

Sarah Lindgren - 1 kill, 3 attacks, 3 aces, 4 digs

Caitlyn Priore - 1 kill, 6 aces, 24 assists (team high)

Clara Jurado - 1 kill