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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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Raiders sweep their way into volleyball semifinals

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MILLTOWN – No. 6 Ursuline avenged two earlier losses and swept the third-seeded Padua Pandas in the state volleyball tournament quarterfinals on Nov. 8 at St. Mark’s High School. Junior Taylor Wright led the way for the Raiders – who have just two seniors – with 11 kills and 20 digs. The set scores were 25-23, 25-20 and 25-21.

The magnitude of the match got to both teams early, as they committed several errors, but by mid-set they were playing outstanding volleyball. Padua senior Taylor Valletti had a kill and an ace to stake the Pandas to an 8-3 lead, but Wright and freshman Corinne Furey started finding holes in the Padua defense and cut the lead to 16-14. Read more »

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Ursuline heads into volleyball tournament with sweep of St. Mark’s

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WILMINGTON – The young Ursuline volleyball team sent its seniors out with a win on Oct. 29 against St. Mark’s. The Raiders took the match in a sweep, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-17.

Fourth-ranked Ursuline jumped out early in the first set as Sam Davis had a kill and an ace to stake them to an 8-3 advantage. Corinne Furey then took over with a run of three kills to increase the lead to 14-6. Genevieve Hughes capped a St. Mark’s run that cut the deficit to 16-13, but Ursuline ended the set on a 9-5 run with a Cassidy Markel kill. Read more »

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Pandas cap regular season with hard-fought marathon win over Raiders

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WILMINGTON – In front of a boisterous sellout crowd on Senior Night, second-ranked Padua managed a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Ursuline. The set scores were 25-23, 20-25, 25-27, 25-21 and 15-12 as the Pandas finished the regular season at 13-2.

Long rallies and powerful kills were the hallmarks of the first set. The Raiders found themselves ahead, 7-1, getting kills from Taylor Wright, Corinne Furey and Emma Popham. But Padua junior Emily Jarome took over, with three of her match-high 31 kills cut the lead to 14-12. Two straight aces from Raiders senior Alexandra Kochie put Ursuline ahead, 23-21. Padua responded, however, with four straight to win the set as Jessica Molen recorded three consecutive kills, and Jarome blasted one for the win. Read more »

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Raiders outlast Force in five-set volleyball classic

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WILMINGTON – Freshman Corinne Furey had a solid match to lead fourth-ranked Ursuline past No. 5 Charter School of Wilmington in a five-set volleyball classic on Oct. 22. The set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 25-10, 20-25 and 15-11.

The Raiders and Force traded points early in the first, but a Furey kill gave Ursuline a 9-7 lead. Sam Davis served up an ace to give the Raiders a 14-12 advantage before Charter went on a 7-2 run. Madeline Matheny and Elizabeth Swanson each had kills as the Force closed out the first on a service error by the Raiders. Read more »

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DMA defeats Ursuline, 3-1, in defensive top-10 volleyball battle

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WILMINGTON – Defense was the name of the game in seventh-ranked Delaware Military Academy’s defeat of No. 4 Ursuline in a Wednesday night volleyball battle. The Seahawks won by set scores of 25-7, 23-25, 25-18 and 29-27.

Victoria Taylor was on her game early, as she helped the Seahawks overpower the Raiders in the first set. The second set started with more of the same, as Taylor had two early kills and an ace as DMA jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Read more »

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Pandas go to 5-0 in volleyball with sweep of Raiders

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WILMINGTON – Second-ranked Padua made the short trip to Ursuline on Sept. 22 for a key Catholic Conference volleyball matchup, and the Pandas swept No. 4 Ursuline in front of a packed house. The scores were 25-28, 25-18 and 25-17. Emily Jarome led the Pandas with 13 kills, 13 digs, two aces and a block, and she had plenty of help.

Padua (5-0) jumped on the Raiders early, as Claire Bisson and Jarome had kills to give the Pandas a 5-3 lead. Padua went on a 10-3 run to put the set away, as Jarome and Taylor Valletti each had a pair of kills in that span. Kills by Abigail Rzucidlo and Taylor Wright made the score 20-15, but Padua regained control on an Emma Lucey kill. Then Jarome hammered one home for a 22-15 advantage. Freshman Jess Molen ended the set with an ace, the first of her three for the evening. Read more »

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Ursuline volleyball ‘aces’ test vs. St. Georges

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WILMINGTON – One word could sum up Ursuline’s volleyball home opener Sept. 19 vs. St. Georges: ace. The Raiders served up an incredible 23 of them as they handled the Hawks, 3-0. Set scores were 25-14, 25-8 and 25-13.

Ursuline (2-0) is fielding an extremely young team in 2016, with three sophomores, five freshmen and an eighth-grader on the roster. But they were never in danger against St. Georges, which struggled on its service receiving and was credited with just seven kills on the night. Read more »

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