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St Mark's Sweeps Ursuline, Advances to Championship

302sports 72 Nov 8

By Mike Lang

 

MILLTOWN – Saint Mark's volleyball team pulled off a rare feat on Nov. 7, defeating rival Ursuline for a third time in a single season. This latest win happened to come in the DIAA tournament semifinal round, and the Spartans' sweep paved the way to a championship match appearance for the first time since 2011. Set scores were 25-13, 25-23 and 25-19.

The Raiders jumped to the early lead, but their good fortune didn’t last. Saint Mark’s clawed back, taking an 11-10 lead, only to see Ursuline’s Cassidy Markel tie it with a kill. The Spartans, however, ran off the next 11 points to take control.

The middle set was much closer, although it, too, began with a Raiders run. After several ties throughout the set, the Spartans scored seven consecutive points to go ahead, 18-12. Ursuline managed to save two set points, but a service error brought the second to an end.

The Spartans’ Savannah Seemans continued her strong play into the third, contributing a block and a cross-court winner as Saint Mark’s built up a 15-10 lead. The lead grew to its biggest, seven points, on a stuff by Kyla Dow, and the match ended on a hitting error, much to the delight of the large contingent of Saint Mark’s students.

Seemans had 16 kills, four blocks and 12 digs as she continued her all-state season. Yurkovich had seven kills, while Thibodeau added five. The Spartans improved to 17-1. Their lone loss came at Padua. They will be trying to win their first state championship since 2013.

Final statistics were not available for the Raiders, who finished the season 12-6.