St. Pius wins first volleyball state title

St. Pius volleyball team

After three years of being runner-up, the St. Pius X volleyball team finally became the team to hold up the championship trophy.

The St. Pius Golden Lions won the Class AAA state title Nov. 2, their first volleyball state title, with a 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18 victory over region foe Blessed Trinity. Head coach John Frederick said winning the state title has been “wonderful” for the players and St. Pius community.

“We have as a program consistently improved and gotten closer for the past decade. To finally get the last step done is fantastic,” he said.

The Golden Lions had a chance to sweep the match after winning the first two sets. But Blessed Trinity rallied to win the third set.

Senior Leah Hardeman led the Golden Lions in the final game with 10 kills, including the clinching match point. Junior Ryan Boykin led the team defensively with 35 digs and senior Peyton Osborne added 19 digs. St. Pius had 90 total digs. Setters Katrina Connolly and Molly Gunn had 37 and 32, assists respectively.

The Golden Lions were the state runner-up in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Frederick said the difference with this team than the previous team is the mental toughness.

“The improvement in this team was a mental toughness to deal with the emotional highs and lows of a volleyball match without letting their level of play drop off,” he said. “The first two times we made the finals the stage was too big for us. Last year we finally played like we belonged and came so close. That match did wonders for our confidence as we approached this season.”

Frederick believes the program will continue to contend for a championship every year despite losing seven seniors.

“We will seriously miss this year’s seniors, but we have good enough sub varsity programs at this point,” he said. “Winning is contagious and we never again have to try and win the first one.”

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  • September 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm
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    Hi, My names are James Omedo, Im head coach at olympus volleyball club and I was wondering how I can reach the head coach at St. Pius so I can formerly discuss a free clinic that my club is offering to schools like yours, we shall come over on a day that is convenient to you and offer a 2 hour clinic or your JV or your Varsity team. You can reach me at 404 457 8555

    Thank you

    James Omedo

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