Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic board wins high school all-star volleyball challenge

Community Mar 29, 2016 by Larry Moko Ancaster News

The youngest player on the court set the tone for Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic’s high school all-star volleyball victory last Wednesday.

Felicia Malavolta, a Grade 10 student at St. Mary, served up the first five points of the match against the Hamilton-Wentworth public selects. And after that momentum builder, her setting skills and defensive prowess helped the home team defeat the public board 4-0 at the Cardinal Newman gym.

It was the third annual meeting between the cream of the crop of the city’s two school boards. Catholic now leads the series 2-1.

Malavolta was selected overall Most Valuable Player of the contest. Victoria Pancucci of the Bishop Ryan Celtics and Serena Otshudi of the Westdale Warriors also received individual team MVP recognition for Catholic and public boards, respectively.

Malavolta was the only player from either team not in Grade 11 or 12.

“Felicia is the youngest player out there,” Catholic coach Chiara Salvatore of the St. Mary Crusaders said. “She played well. She did a great job of running the offence for us. Our passing was pretty consistent, though. That helped make Felicia’s job easier.”

With the St. Mary senior team earlier this season, Malavolta led the Crusaders to the HWCAA championship.

“I was pretty nervous at first,” Malavolta said of her all-star debut. “But wouldn’t anyone be nervous?”

After propelling Catholic to a quick start, Malavolta then chipped in with a service ace and a block for a point before the first set came to a close. Later in the match, her quickness enabled her to make a few impressive digs and chase down some balls.

The public board’s best run came in the third set when Otshudi – a middle – and her Westdale teammates Nicole Courchesne and Olivia Rogers combined on offence to build an 18-14 lead. A tip at the net by Malavolta, however, provided Catholic a 20-19 lead which it never relinquished.

“We kept our two lineups pretty equal so we could play everyone,” Salvatore said. “We had three practices. The girls got to know each other and that consistency helped.”

Pancucci, a Grade 11 left side from the HWCAA-finalist Celtics, said it was a good game despite the one-sided score. “Each point was well fought out,” she said. “Everyone on our team played really well. Our win was a team effort.

“It was an honour to get picked from the whole of the Catholic board to play the public board.”

Many of the players from both sides will be involved in Ontario Volleyball Association provincial championship next month.

Malavolta, for example, will be suiting up for the Burlington Defensa age-group entry which is currently ranked second in the province.

“I’ve been playing volleyball for a long time (six years) and I just want to keep playing,” Malavolta said. “I would love to play in university. I don’t care where as long as I get to do what I love. It keeps me in good shape, too.”

The Catholic roster also included Tyra Baird, Emily Baker, Maddie Carrigan, Natalie Clark, Zoe Cleland, Victoria Di Cesare, Ivana Knezovic, Julia Krulicki, Maria McFarland, Hannah Vulysteke, Hailey White, Ainsleigh Williams.

The public board all-star team was also comprised of Noelle Andrego, Kiara Daw, Meredith Elstone, Jordan Geerts, Josephine Hewick, Shari Nash, Sarah Scott, Frieda Sinclair, Sam Terpsis, Lindsay Wilcox and Alannah Yates.

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic board wins high school all-star volleyball challenge

Felicia Malavolta of St. Mary sets the tone

Community Mar 29, 2016 by Larry Moko Ancaster News

The youngest player on the court set the tone for Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic’s high school all-star volleyball victory last Wednesday.

Felicia Malavolta, a Grade 10 student at St. Mary, served up the first five points of the match against the Hamilton-Wentworth public selects. And after that momentum builder, her setting skills and defensive prowess helped the home team defeat the public board 4-0 at the Cardinal Newman gym.

It was the third annual meeting between the cream of the crop of the city’s two school boards. Catholic now leads the series 2-1.

Malavolta was selected overall Most Valuable Player of the contest. Victoria Pancucci of the Bishop Ryan Celtics and Serena Otshudi of the Westdale Warriors also received individual team MVP recognition for Catholic and public boards, respectively.

Malavolta was the only player from either team not in Grade 11 or 12.

“Felicia is the youngest player out there,” Catholic coach Chiara Salvatore of the St. Mary Crusaders said. “She played well. She did a great job of running the offence for us. Our passing was pretty consistent, though. That helped make Felicia’s job easier.”

With the St. Mary senior team earlier this season, Malavolta led the Crusaders to the HWCAA championship.

“I was pretty nervous at first,” Malavolta said of her all-star debut. “But wouldn’t anyone be nervous?”

After propelling Catholic to a quick start, Malavolta then chipped in with a service ace and a block for a point before the first set came to a close. Later in the match, her quickness enabled her to make a few impressive digs and chase down some balls.

The public board’s best run came in the third set when Otshudi – a middle – and her Westdale teammates Nicole Courchesne and Olivia Rogers combined on offence to build an 18-14 lead. A tip at the net by Malavolta, however, provided Catholic a 20-19 lead which it never relinquished.

“We kept our two lineups pretty equal so we could play everyone,” Salvatore said. “We had three practices. The girls got to know each other and that consistency helped.”

Pancucci, a Grade 11 left side from the HWCAA-finalist Celtics, said it was a good game despite the one-sided score. “Each point was well fought out,” she said. “Everyone on our team played really well. Our win was a team effort.

“It was an honour to get picked from the whole of the Catholic board to play the public board.”

Many of the players from both sides will be involved in Ontario Volleyball Association provincial championship next month.

Malavolta, for example, will be suiting up for the Burlington Defensa age-group entry which is currently ranked second in the province.

“I’ve been playing volleyball for a long time (six years) and I just want to keep playing,” Malavolta said. “I would love to play in university. I don’t care where as long as I get to do what I love. It keeps me in good shape, too.”

The Catholic roster also included Tyra Baird, Emily Baker, Maddie Carrigan, Natalie Clark, Zoe Cleland, Victoria Di Cesare, Ivana Knezovic, Julia Krulicki, Maria McFarland, Hannah Vulysteke, Hailey White, Ainsleigh Williams.

The public board all-star team was also comprised of Noelle Andrego, Kiara Daw, Meredith Elstone, Jordan Geerts, Josephine Hewick, Shari Nash, Sarah Scott, Frieda Sinclair, Sam Terpsis, Lindsay Wilcox and Alannah Yates.

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic board wins high school all-star volleyball challenge

Felicia Malavolta of St. Mary sets the tone

Community Mar 29, 2016 by Larry Moko Ancaster News

The youngest player on the court set the tone for Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic’s high school all-star volleyball victory last Wednesday.

Felicia Malavolta, a Grade 10 student at St. Mary, served up the first five points of the match against the Hamilton-Wentworth public selects. And after that momentum builder, her setting skills and defensive prowess helped the home team defeat the public board 4-0 at the Cardinal Newman gym.

It was the third annual meeting between the cream of the crop of the city’s two school boards. Catholic now leads the series 2-1.

Malavolta was selected overall Most Valuable Player of the contest. Victoria Pancucci of the Bishop Ryan Celtics and Serena Otshudi of the Westdale Warriors also received individual team MVP recognition for Catholic and public boards, respectively.

Malavolta was the only player from either team not in Grade 11 or 12.

“Felicia is the youngest player out there,” Catholic coach Chiara Salvatore of the St. Mary Crusaders said. “She played well. She did a great job of running the offence for us. Our passing was pretty consistent, though. That helped make Felicia’s job easier.”

With the St. Mary senior team earlier this season, Malavolta led the Crusaders to the HWCAA championship.

“I was pretty nervous at first,” Malavolta said of her all-star debut. “But wouldn’t anyone be nervous?”

After propelling Catholic to a quick start, Malavolta then chipped in with a service ace and a block for a point before the first set came to a close. Later in the match, her quickness enabled her to make a few impressive digs and chase down some balls.

The public board’s best run came in the third set when Otshudi – a middle – and her Westdale teammates Nicole Courchesne and Olivia Rogers combined on offence to build an 18-14 lead. A tip at the net by Malavolta, however, provided Catholic a 20-19 lead which it never relinquished.

“We kept our two lineups pretty equal so we could play everyone,” Salvatore said. “We had three practices. The girls got to know each other and that consistency helped.”

Pancucci, a Grade 11 left side from the HWCAA-finalist Celtics, said it was a good game despite the one-sided score. “Each point was well fought out,” she said. “Everyone on our team played really well. Our win was a team effort.

“It was an honour to get picked from the whole of the Catholic board to play the public board.”

Many of the players from both sides will be involved in Ontario Volleyball Association provincial championship next month.

Malavolta, for example, will be suiting up for the Burlington Defensa age-group entry which is currently ranked second in the province.

“I’ve been playing volleyball for a long time (six years) and I just want to keep playing,” Malavolta said. “I would love to play in university. I don’t care where as long as I get to do what I love. It keeps me in good shape, too.”

The Catholic roster also included Tyra Baird, Emily Baker, Maddie Carrigan, Natalie Clark, Zoe Cleland, Victoria Di Cesare, Ivana Knezovic, Julia Krulicki, Maria McFarland, Hannah Vulysteke, Hailey White, Ainsleigh Williams.

The public board all-star team was also comprised of Noelle Andrego, Kiara Daw, Meredith Elstone, Jordan Geerts, Josephine Hewick, Shari Nash, Sarah Scott, Frieda Sinclair, Sam Terpsis, Lindsay Wilcox and Alannah Yates.