Bishop Kearney Wraps Up 10th Volleyball Title
Kearney’s varsity began its quest for a ninth consecutive Brooklyn Championship and repeat diocesan championship with a non-league game against St. Francis Prep, whom they had defeated in 2003. The season posed many challenges, with only six of the sixteen players returning from last year’s team. In addition, senior captain Katie Purpura (Breezy Point) was injured in August, making her ability to play questionable. The team played well, with Maura O’Callaghan leading with 12 points and Ashley Fallon (Breezy Point) and Caitlyn Nies (Breezy Point) making 7 points each. Despite the strong showing, the Tigers lost the game.
In the win against Fontbonne, Krista Durney was high scorer with 12 aces; Ashley DeLea had 10 assists; Caitlyn Nies had 9 kills and Maura O’Callaghan had 5 digs. The team played two winning games against Stella Maris. The first game showcased high scorer Krista Durney with 7 aces; Ashley DeLea with 8 assists; Caitlyn Nies with 10 kills and Ashley Fallon with 3 digs. In the second game, Katie Purpura was the high scorer with 3 kills, 8 aces and 12 points; Ashley DeLea had 13 assists and Caitlyn Nies had 5 kills.
In the two wins against Nazareth, Krista Durney was again high scorer with 18 aces in the first game; Caitlyn Nies had 14 aces; Ashley DeLea had 6 assists and Caitlyn Nies had 5 kills. The second game Krista Durney gain 23 points and 15 aces; Ashley DeLea with 7 assists and Ashley Fallon with 15 points and 10 aces. In the wins against Bishop Ford, Kanika Dunn and Katie Purpura were the high scorers; Ashley DeLea continued with the highest number of assists and Caitlyn Nies had the highest number of kills. In the first of two games against St. Saviour’s, Ashley DeLea was high scorer, with 19 points and 7 aces; Caitlyn Nies claimed that honor in the second game, with 16 points, 8 aces and 3 kills. In both games, Ashley had the highest number of assists - 25 and 8. Caitlyn Nies had 12 kills in the first and Katie Purpura had 4 kills in the second.
As the team carried their hectic winning season into October, the competition became more intense. In the game against St. Edmund Prep, Caitlyn Nies was high scorer with 7 assists and 9 kills and Ashley DeLea had 20 assists. Casey Lesser made her first season block. In the game against Bishop Loughlin, Caitlyn Nies was again high scorer with 22 points, 10 aces and 8 kills. Ashley led with 13 assists; Maura O’Callaghan had 2 solo blocks and Ashley Fallon had 6 digs.
Kearney also won the second game against both these schools, securing the title of Brooklyn Champs for another year. In the state championships, the team held on to first place in their pool on November 13th, but was overtaken in nail-biting competition against St. Anthony’s, Huntington, in the state finals. October 22nd was Kearney’s last home game for three seniors: Krista Durney, Caitlyn Nies and reinjured Katie Purpura. Their fellow teammates paid tribute to the wonderful times they had shared. In turn, the seniors took the opportunity to thank all those who had supported them through the years.