2011-10-07 / Sports

H.S. Roundup: Scholars’Aims For Title Repeat

By Elio Velez


Scholars’ Academy senior Nicole Glaz returns a serve against John Bowne. Photo by William Thomas. Scholars’ Academy senior Nicole Glaz returns a serve against John Bowne. Photo by William Thomas. The ascendancy to the top of the heap came quickly for the Scholars’ Academy girls volleyball team, which won their first PSAL ‘B’ city championship last November.

Many teams in the league had remembered Scholars’ pulling off a Cinderella run to the semifinals in their first varsity season in 2009. But winning a title last season has put Scholars’ on the map as one of the best programs in the city.

The goal for the Seawolves’ this season is to maintain their winning edge, compete for a city title, and build a program that can compete for years to come.

So far the season has gone well for Scholars’, who earned a two-set 25-8, 28-26 victory at John Bowne on Wednesday in a battle for first place in the Queens “B9’ Division. The Seawolves are the only unbeaten team in the division with a 5-0 record.

The Seawolves bring back many experienced players with seniors Nicole Glaz, Shannon Toomey and Felicia Saucedo leading the way.

Those players will be counted on by coach Kerri Hubbard to help integrate new players into the team such as freshman setter Emma Michaels and first year middle hitter Celeste Lynch into the starting lineup.

“The older girls, the seniors, Felicia, Nicole and Shannon have taken the younger girls under their wing,” Hubbard said.

“They remember we lost the first game last year to Campus Magnet because we didn’t play well as a team and they knew they didn’t want to do that again.”

Senior outside hitter Nicole Glaz said the close knit chemistry played such an integral part last season for the Seawolves. Former starters Rebecca Moers and Miranda Harding, who graduated last June, had played together since middle school and their closeness gave them a vital edge over opponents in crucial situations.

“We’re still adjusting. There is still some people in the team who don’t know each other that well. Last year’s team chemistry was amazing,” Glaz said. “It’s getting better. We’re starting this year to do little hangouts with the team and get to know each other better. That’s when the playing will improve.”

Junior setter Athena McDonald- Smith has settled quite nicely into the starting lineup and leads the team in assists. The Seawolves also return middle hitter Rebecca O’Connor and outside hitter Megan Lacognata into the lineup.

Another edge for the Seawolves is their experience playing volleyball for outside club teams. Michaels and Lynch play for the Aviator volleyball team, along with Glaz and Toomey taking part with Club Creole.

The Seawolves look poised to make a splash in some high profile PSALvolleyball tournaments, competing against teams from the ‘A’ Division, and the best of the ‘B’ Division later this month at JFK High School.

Glaz says the ultimate goal is to win a city championship and get excited see another championship banner placed inside the school’s gymnasium.

“It is different. We want to win the championship but we know different things are expected of us,” Glaz said. “We want that banner. We want to push harder to get that.”

Seahorses Get A Win

The Far Rockaway Educational Campus girls volleyball team celebrated their first win of the season with a two set victory, 25-17, 27-25 over August Martin in the second match held at John Bowne High School on Wednesday.

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