2009-11-20 / Sports

Scholars Academy Aces Playoff Win

By Elio Velez

The Scholars Academy team poses at Hunter College after their victory. Top row left to right: Nicole Glaz (10), Shannon Toomey (2), Margherita Paganini (18), Felicia Saucedo (9), Sydney Acevedo (13), Naomi Brouard (17), Paris Hanson (12), Jessica Voinov (15). Bottom row left to right: Manager Emily Logan, Miranda Harding (14), Rebecca O'Connor (8), Rebecca Moers (3), Megan Lacognata (1), and Coach Kerri Hubbard. The Scholars Academy team poses at Hunter College after their victory. Top row left to right: Nicole Glaz (10), Shannon Toomey (2), Margherita Paganini (18), Felicia Saucedo (9), Sydney Acevedo (13), Naomi Brouard (17), Paris Hanson (12), Jessica Voinov (15). Bottom row left to right: Manager Emily Logan, Miranda Harding (14), Rebecca O'Connor (8), Rebecca Moers (3), Megan Lacognata (1), and Coach Kerri Hubbard. The Scholars Academy girls' volleyball team continued their surprise PSAL B playoff run with a pivotal comeback on Tuesday night at Hunter College.

Down 17-11 in the third and final set to number ten seed John Bowne, a team Scholars lost twice to in the regular season, the Seawolves found a way to pull of a late rally. Scholars, the 15th seed, won 25-10, 21-25, and 25-20 in the third set to advance to the semifinals tonight at Hunter.

Scholars had lost twice to their rivals in the Queens I Division in the regular season. "We definitely did not give up," said sophomore Nicole Glaz. "We came back because we lost to them twice and we knew we couldn't lose to them."

Schol ars will play against third seed John Adams at 6 p.m. The winner gains a berth to the PSAL championship game, which will be also held at Hunter College on November 24 at 5 p.m.

The Seawolves, who previously upset number two ranked Banneker in the second round, have showed a lot of poise for a young team that is playing in their first year as a varsity squad.

Some teams could have folded under pressure in the final frame. Scholars didn't panic and held steadfast in completing their comeback.

With the game tied at 20, Scholars took the last five points and celebrated wildly as the final whistle blew.

"The teamwork they have had the last couple of years has helped," said Scholars coach Kerri Hubbard.

Scholars are different from any new team in the PSAL that begins as a varsity program.

Seawolves Kerri Hubbard, along with her sister Tricia who is an assistant on the team, has guided most of the team since the middle school was founded five years ago. The core of that team has combined to form a solid nucleus, with the helpful addition of some newcomers along the way.

"They know how each other work and what they are like on and off the court," added Kerri Hubbard. "It helps."

It's one of the main reasons they continue to surprise the rest of the league with their playoff run.

"We've been playing together ever since and we know what each player is capable of," Glaz said.

"And we play with spirit."

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