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Bringing volleyball title back to Ursuline would mean ‘literally everything’

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Hopes and expectations are high at Ursuline, where the Raiders are chasing their first state championship since 2009. The team returns nearly all of its roster from last season, when they went 11-4 in the regular season and 14-5 overall, falling in the state championship match in a heartbreaking five sets to Delaware Military Academy.

The chase begins Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at Delmar. Read more »

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Delaware Military holds off determined Ursuline squad for volleyball title

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NEWARK – As Victoria Taylor’s final swing of the night found an open spot on the floor, the Delaware Military Academy volleyball team breathed a sigh of relief. A season that had included some tension and uncertainty ended with the Seahawks united and celebrating their second consecutive state volleyball championship after five tough sets against Ursuline. The scores were 21-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-27 and 15-12.

Taylor finished with a team-leading 24 kills in her final high school match, but she was hardly alone providing offense for the Seahawks. Jackie Shields contributed eight, and Natalie Lavelle added six. On defense, libero Kirsten Longueria collected 37 digs. Read more »

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Raiders outlast Auks in five sets, advance to first volleyball title match since 2012

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MILLTOWN – Ursuline’s young volleyball team had allowed Archmere to tie Nov. 10’s semifinal volleyball playoff match at two sets apiece in ugly fashion, falling 25-12 in the fourth set. But instead of folding, the Raiders rallied, outlasting the second-seeded Auks in the deciding fifth, 15-12, to earn a berth in the state championship match Monday night at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

Set scores were 15-25, 25-23, 25-21, 12-25 and 15-12. The sixth-seeded Raiders will face off against the defending champion, No. 4 Delaware Military Academy, at approximately 7 p.m. It will be Ursuline’s 17th championship appearance and its first since 2012. Read more »

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New-look Raiders out to prove volleyball bounce-back season was no fluke

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WILMINGTON — Some order was restored to the Delaware high school volleyball universe last year when Ursuline returned to the state tournament after an uncharacteristic two-year absence. The Raiders put together an 11-4 regular season and stormed through the playoffs, reaching the Bob Carpenter Center, where they took third place in the tournament.

Five seniors are gone from that team, including two who made all-state teams, but coach Sue Heiss is confident in the returning talent to keep Ursuline from enduring another year on the outside looking in. Read more »

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Ursuline adds height, depth to roster, looks for volleyball rebound

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The Ursuline Raiders will spend this season looking to re-establish themselves as a top player. For years, Sue Heiss’ teams were at or near the top, but they have missed the playoffs the last two seasons. A deeper roster with more height has brought optimism for Ursuline. It’s not as if they have fallen off a cliff; the Raiders were 8-7 last year.

Ursuline is known for its defense, and sophomore libero Samantha Davis (253 digs) will continue to show she is among the state’s best at that position. She will receive help from senior Kailyn Kampert, who added 117 digs last year. Kampert is also an offensive force as she blasted 151 kills and 12 aces. The Raiders will be strong at setter with senior Lizzie Baffone (190 assists) and junior Morgan Blasetto (108 assists). Read more »

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Ursuline to add athletic hall of fame next spring

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WILMINGTON – Ursuline Academy has announced that it is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame to highlight the accomplishments of its student-athletes, coaches and supporters. The inaugural class will be inducted in a ceremony next spring, the school said Friday afternoon.

“It has long been a dream of mine to honor the extraordinary athletes, coaches and supporters who have made our program what it is today and, in turn, inspire our current student-athletes to continue enhancing our longstanding athletic heritage,” athletic director Sue Heiss said in a statement.

In addition to recognizing those who have “brought distinction” to the school, the hall of fame will “instill and continue the tradition of excellence” characteristic of Ursuline athletes; link past and current generations; and encourage current students to “model the many opportunities” available through teamwork, determination, dedication and service to the community, Ursuline said.

Inductions will occur every three years, with three to five candidates included in each class.

Nominees will be considered based on criteria established by the selection committee, which will be a five-person team of administrators and staff. Eligibility begins five years after an athlete’s graduation. The accomplishments will not only include athletics but also leadership and service.

Nominations can be submitted at www.ursuline.org and will be accepted until Dec. 1. For more information, contact Jenn Saienni at jsaienni@ursuline.org.

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