2000-11-18 / Sports

Bishop Kearney Volleyball News


Kearney varsity volleyball team pictured with coaches Theresa Gannon and Terry Purpura, of Breezy Point. 
Kearney varsity volleyball team pictured with coaches Theresa Gannon and Terry Purpura, of Breezy Point. Varsity & JV Tigers Tear Into Opponents

Bishop Kearney High School varsity volleyball team began its fall 2000 season with high expectations. Having ended the ’99 season with a consecutive league record of 58-0, The Tigers looked to improve on its four-year undefeated division record.

Led by coaches Theresa Gannon and Terry Purpura, of Breezy Point, the team was captained this year by senior Ana Rodriguez, and juniors Nicki Nies and Caitlin O’Callaghan, both of Breezy Point. Juniors Katie Maguire and Katie Herchenroder, also of Breezy Point, add much strength to the offense and defense of this team.

The Varsity Tigers began this season’s quest for another Brooklyn title against St. Edmund’s Prep. The veteran Kearney squad was able to pull out their first season win in their own crowded gym. Since this initial home-opening win, the Varsity has gone on to defeat all other league competition without dropping a single game in each of the three-out-of-five matches. Kearney finished its regular season with a three game win over Fontbonne on October 30, thus completing their quest.

Since 1996, the Varsity has been able to compile a record of 67-0 in its division play. Thus, the Varsity notches its fifth consecutive league divisional championship.


JV volleyball team pictured with coaches Terry Purpura and Theresa Gannon. 
JV volleyball team pictured with coaches Terry Purpura and Theresa Gannon.

In addition to the league play, this team has continued to seek out strong competition in tournaments and non-league games. The Tigers captured first place in the St. Francis College Tournament in September, defeating the Varsity team from Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. The team also traveled to Tottenville High School in Staten Island on October 21 to participate in that school’s Annual Invitational Tourney. Again, the Tigers were dominant, defeating Susan Wagner, Bronx Science, Townsend Harris, and Bishop Loughlin. In the final match, Kearney faced JFK. After a grueling three games, Bishop Kearney came out victorious.

Ana Rodgriguez was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

By defeating Fontbonne on October 30, BK finishes in first place in the Brooklyn division and thus qualifies for a bye in the Diocesan Quarterfinals.

Semi-finals were held November 5 at St. Francis College. The Tigers beat The Mary Louis Academy in the semi-finals but lost to Christ the King in a close game in the finals. The team’s final standing was first in Brooklyn and second in the diocese. Then it was on to the NY State Championships in Binghamton, New York, the weekend of November 10,11, and 12.

At Binghamton, the team split with St. Mary’s of Buffalo; beat Good Counsel of White Plains; and split with St. Anthony’s of Smithtown for a three-way tie for second place in pool A. Since St. Anthony’s had four more points than Kearney, they won the placement.

The remaining Varsity Tigers are seniors Kathleen O’Neill and Katie Schmidt; juniors Jocelyn Rodriguez, Katie Leota, and Val DiVeglio; sophomores Mary Hickey (of Breezy Point) and Patricia Sica (of Rockaway); and freshman Jackie Fede (of Breezy Point).

Bishop Kearney’s varsity volleyball team, also coached by Terry Purpura and Theresa Gannon, have had an exciting season with an 11-3 record. With six sophomores and five freshmen, the JV Tigers pulled together to make a great season of terrific ball playing!

At the St. Anthony’s High School Invitational Tournament, the JV team played hard enough to come in third place.

Led by freshman captains Mariann Montella and Anne Hughes, both of Breezy Point, the season included wins against The Mary Louis Academy, Christ the King, St. John’s Villa, St. Francis Prep., and St. Agnes. The team ended its season in second place by defeating St. John’s Prep JV team on the last day of the regular season in two consecutive games.

In the diocesan semi-finals, the Tigers beat St. John’s Prep but lost to The Mary Louis Academy in the finals.

The remaining members of the JV are: sophomores Melissa Doelger, Lisa Hamann, Jackie Kenel (of Rockaway Park), Nicole Mavroudis, Joanna Polito and Anne Roccasalva; and freshmen Elizabeth Jackson (of Breezy Point), Ashley Savage (of Breezy Point), and Christina Morton (of Roxbury).


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