On Saturday, April 7, in a see-saw battle that showcased brilliant play throughout, the Our Lady of the Snows Novice volleyball team won the CYO Girls 2001 Diocesan Championship. It was a hard-earned and well-deserved award. It did not come easy for OLS against a tough and game competitor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which had upset last years champion, St. Gregorys.
OLS had to overcome much in this championship match. Game 1 saw many lead changes, with OLMC taking the first game in an extended contest, 16-14. Game 2 saw OLMC leap out quickly, leading at one point by 11-3.
With OLS only four points away from defeat, the players kept their composure under enormous pressure and daunting odds, digging deeper than they have ever done before. OLS turned the tide on OLMC, winning another stirring, extended contest, 16-14, forcing a third and deciding game.
Game 3 saw OLS take charge and defeat OLMC, 15-3, winning the match and the championship.
Emily Pennachio led all OLS scorers with 20 points. Lyana Labrada and Diana Lutzak added eight points each, while Erica Della Jacono tallied an additional six points. Erin Dolan scored two points, with Ashley Frangella and Rebecca Spitz each contributing one point. Stefanie Posa and Tina Khiani led the OLS defense.
Kristina Mosquito, Danielle Petrone and Melissa Lyons rounded out the teams championship effort. It is sweet success for the hard work and effort of OLS girls Novice volleyball coach Rita Pennachio, assistant coach Kathy Lutzak and all the players
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