By Jillian Corozzo '16
There’s nothing they can’t do! Fontbonne’s Varsity Volleyball team took the Brooklyn-Queens and City Championship with ease, remaining undefeated throughout this past season. Once they defeated Archbishop Molloy in the Brooklyn-Queens Championship match, they swept the City Championships by taking three out of four sets against Maria Regina. They then faced their greatest goal and biggest challenge: States.
On November 14th, the team trekked to Huntington Station, New York to play at Saint Anthony’s High School. Senior middle hitter Julianna DeSilvia said, “I had a lot of fun and there was a lot of hard competition at states and I'm glad we did so well. It was a great way to end off my senior season.”
Unfortunately, after 12 extremely close and very enthusiastic sets, Kellenberg Memorial High School emerged victorious as the New York State champions. Mr. Surdyka, a spectator and Fontbonne’s director of technology, said, “It was a long day - but it was incredible. The Varsity team captivated us for 12 sets of terrific volleyball. I was on the 'edge of my seat' for every single point. Thank you [to the team] for providing us this wonderful opportunity to witness this magical ride. It was an unforgettable day - one that I will treasure for many years to come.”
The seniors on Varsity are no strangers to success and tough competition. Bryn Nagel, Emily Greenstein, and Francesca Castellano have played on Varsity since they were freshmen. Francesca Castellano, outside hitter, recently signed her letter of intent to play for Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York next year. “It was an amazing accomplishment for us to be state runner-up.” Castellano says of her final game with the Fonbonne team, “It was a really emotional game because it was our last time playing together and playing for Fontbonne, but very rewarding as well.”
Whether they be best in Brooklyn-Queens, best in New York City, or one of the two best in New York State, there’s no team quite like our Varsity Volleyball team. Watch out for the senior volleyball team once Sports Night season comes around, underclassmen!