Scholars’ Academy Aces First PSAL Volleyball Title
The Queens B9 co-division champions split two regular season matches, and Scholars was graciously allowed to use Campus Magnet’s home court to win their first two playoff victories.
The difference between the two teams came with Scholars’ trailing Campus Magnet 14-10 in the second set. Despite losing momentum, the third seeded Seawolves didn’t panic. The Seawolves bounced back to score eight straight points and used their rally to win 25-19, 25-11 and capture their first ever PSAL championship at Townsend Harris High School.
It’s been a quite a run for Scholars’, which finished their title campaign with 13 straight regular season and playoff wins in only their second year on the varsity level..
Scholars’ assistant coach Tricia Hubbard started the program in middle school in 2005, which included the present senior core of Miranda Harding and Rebecca Moers.
Kerri Hubbard, Tricia’s sister, took over the program in their progression from a developmental squad, a junior varsity team, and then shocking the city last year to advanced to the B semifinals in their inaugural campaign.
The Seawolves have built a winning program due to their good team chemistry and can maintain their composure when times are tough. They lost their way in a two set defeat to Campus Magnet on September 28 and remembered to go back to the ways which made them successful.
“We weren’t playing as a team. We had a lot of new girls to the team. We didn’t lose anyone last year but we took on a lot of new girls this year,” Kerri Hubbard said.
“Everyone was readjusting to new people and things and when we lost to them, we wasn’t playing as a team, we were playing more like individuals. Since that game they’ve played much better. “
Fourth seed Campus Magnet had bounced back from a dismal beginning with the services of powerful middle hitter Saleesha Matthews in the second set to lead 14-10.Seawolves setter/defender Shannon Toomey then led the charge with eight consecutive service points, and only minutes later, Scholars’ had an 18-15 lead.
Sophomore Megan Lacognata had an important ace to give the Seawolves a 21-16 advantage. Harding recorded the final service point in her high school career to finish off the Scholars’ victory.
“That was very big for us. If we go down by a couple, our whole team comes down,” said junior outside hitter Nicole Glaz. “Once Toomey started serving it, our whole team did not even hesitate to come back up.”
Hubbard will be glad to hear less questions next year to where the school is actually located. The championship win for Scholars’ is a major recognition factor in establishing themselves as the one of the rising volleyball programs in the city.
“Our athletic director was joking with us the last few weeks. We want that banner for our gym because we have no banners. We only have 6 varsity teams in our schools,” Kerri Hubbard said.
“Last year when we came out of nowhere, they asked where was Scholars’? It feels really nice to put this school on the map. “