St. Ursula Arrows win state volleyball titleWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Ursula Arrows volleyball team won its second state championship title Nov. 13.
“Obviously winning a state championship is a very difficult feat and I was very proud,” said head coach John Buck. “They set this goal and they worked hard. The coaching staff and I really pushed these girls hard and they responded positively all year long and did everything we asked them to do. I couldn’t be prouder and I was excited for them.”
The team beat the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks for the Division I state title, 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18, at Wright State University.
Four members of the Arrows had 10 or more kills, including 15 by junior Erin Williams, 12 by senior Maggie Burnham and 10 by both sophomore Maddie Burnham and junior Cassidy Croci.
“[Winning the championship] was awesome. It was a great way to leave. I’m going to miss the bond that our team had. It was a great way to end it all,” said senior setter Veronica Zimmerman, who had 37 assists and six aces in the final.
On Nov. 16, seniors Zimmerman and Maggie Burnham signed intent papers to play in college. Burnham signed with Northwestern University, and Zimmerman with the University of Memphis. Both girls said they look forward to playing in college.
“I love the school, the girls and the coaches. It’s going to be a lot of fun next year,” Burnham said.
The Arrows advanced to the state championship after winning against Brecksville-Broadview Heights on Nov. 12 in the semifinal. The team finished its season 28-1.
St. Ursula Academy also won a state volleyball title in 2004.