SOMERS, N.Y.— When Kennedy Catholic’s varsity volleyball team started the year there were very few expectations. Well, someone forgot to tell the coaches and the Lady Gaels.

Posting a 16-2 record and winning the North Division convincingly, Kennedy went up against the Brooklyn/Queens champions, The Mary Louis Academy, in the CHSAA intersectional finals. Both teams had a great regular season and both teams were ready to play a great game.

That is what they both did, but Mary Louis was able to prevail in a five-set thriller on Nov. 9.

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The Lady Gaels came out and took a first set win, 25-19. Mary Louis came back with two strong set wins 25-17, and 25-13. Down 2-1, Kennedy rallied back to take the fourth set 25-23. With a 15 points to win in the last set Mary Louis jumped out quickly to a lead and never looked back, taking the last set 15-5.

“It was the kind of game that we expected going back and forth,” Kennedy coach Tony Santora said. “Mary Louis came in here ready to play. They are a real good team.”

Santora’s daughter Michelle, the team’s co-coach, said they had to change their game plan.

“We had to make some adjustments during the game and my team welcomed the task,” Michelle said. “Sometimes changes have to be made in a game and we had to make a lot of them.”

Kennedy’s defense kept coming up with dig after dig. Defensive leaders in digs were Meaghan Gallagher (31), Julia Costa (17), Katie Agro (12), Olivia Frantzeskas (8) and Kristen Quarless (7). On offense the Gaels were led in kills by Ciarra Oritz (6), Kelly Brann (6), Quarless (7) and Frantzeskas 5.

The Lady Gaels have one more hill to climb, traveling to Long Island on Saturday, Nov. 18, to play in this year’s GCHSAA State Championship.

Article submitted by Kennedy Catholic athletics.