Scott Springer on the Ursuline/MND volleyball rivalry. Ursuline gained the primary match-up this season 25-15, 29-27, 25-22 Sept. 14. The 2 meet once more Oct. three.
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READING – There have been all of the indicators of an enormous occasion Sept. 14 as followers tailgated, parking tons have been packed and other people dressed up in help of their group.
Whereas they did that downtown at Paul Brown Stadium for the Bengals/Texans, the environment was no much less electrical at Mount Notre Dame Excessive Faculty.
The highest two volleyball groups within the state of Ohio and Women Higher Catholic League squared off as MND hosted Ursuline Academy. Each groups got here in unbeaten and each made lengthy event runs a yr in the past in Division I.
The end result was considerably of a shock as Ursuline swept MND 25-sixteen, 29-27, 25-22.
“It is a huge deal,” Ursuline coach Jen Case stated. “It is all the time an enormous deal. They’re so good on a regular basis. Anytime you possibly can beat an MND workforce, that is good. They have been one and we have been two within the state; that is what are rankings are. So (it is a) huge deal!”
MND officers claimed it was certainly one of their largest crowds as seemingly each Catholic establishment on the town was represented on the all-women faculty. Likewise, when the sport is performed at Ursuline, visitors in Blue Ash involves a halt.
“The environment’s unimaginable,” MND coach Joe Burke stated. “Each groups are unimaginable packages. Our followers are unimaginable. You’ll be able to’t get that prime faculty expertise anyplace else. The fitness center is packed and is rocking.”
Although a lot of the women know each other and are pleasant, the rivalry is fierce on the ground. Quite a few women from each establishments sometimes go on to play in school and extra enroll within the faculties hoping for a similar alternative.
“I simply assume a variety of the youngsters play,” Case stated when requested why Cincinnati volleyball has fared so nicely in recent times. “These youngsters begin enjoying once they’re in third grade after which they get to highschool and know the right way to play already. Extra youngsters are enjoying membership (volleyball). Up north, I feel they’re getting stronger too.”
Within the final 10 years, Ursuline has gained six GGCL titles with MND profitable two. Nevertheless, the Cougars have the sting on the Lions in state championships throughout that point with 4.
They typically play one another 3 times, twice in the course of the season after which a…