2009-11-27 / Sports

Magical Scholars Girls Volleyball Run Ends In Semifinals

By Elio Velez

Scholars smiles after defeating Springfield Gardens High School in a PSAL regular season game. Scholars smiles after defeating Springfield Gardens High School in a PSAL regular season game. In their first year as a varsity team, Scholars Academy had surprised many teams in their run to the PSAL B girls' semifinals last Friday night.

But the magical ride the No. 15 seed Seawolves had conjured would come to an end. Third seed John Adams defeated Scholars Academy in two sets, 25- 11, and 25-23.

Scholars fell behind early in the first set and couldn't handle the quickness and crisp play from the Spartans.

In the second set, Scholars looked s if they recovered from their first set defeat. But they couldn't maintain the early advantage as John Adams methodically got back into the game and ended the Seawolves' season.

"I just think we weren't on tonight," said coach Kerri Hubbard. We didn't have that sync we usually have."

"I think it was nerves. I was happy after the first set that they played hard in the second set."

For the young Seawolves, who had defeated No. 2 Banneker and No. 10 John Bowne in the tournament, their future remains bright. Sophomore Shannon Toomey is confident their experience will boost them for the future.

"Now next year we know what we are in for. Hav - ing this whole run will give us a good experience and next year we know what we want. And we're going to get it."

Scholars will virtually return their entire roster for next year. The experience from this year's playoff run should only benefit when they return to the court in September of 2010.

"It's amazing," said Toomey. "We never expected to get this far. Miracles just happened with this team and beating teams like the No.2 team was awesome."

No.13 Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on to beat John Adams in the B championship that took place on November 24.

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