Saying that Ursuline became the favorites to win the Class AA section title this year with its past week is debatable. Saying that Katie McLoughlin dominated all throughout the week is not.
The senior took home tournament MVP honors after leading the Koalas to a win at the 41st annual Yorktown tournament on Saturday, capping her already impressive week. McLoughlin was a mark of consistency in three Ursuline wins this week, with at least 13 kills and three blocks in all three wins.
Volleyball: Scoreboard for Friday, Sept. 16
Volleyball: Scoreboard for Thursday, Sept. 15
Volleyball: Scoreboard for Wednesday, Sept. 14
Volleyball: Scoreboard for Tuesday, Sept. 13
Volleyball: Scoreboard for Monday, Sept. 12
– Toni Fiore, Yorktown: The senior middle blocker was sensational in the Huskers’ win over reigning Class AA section champs Scarsdale, tallying 16 kills, six aces and three blocks in the four-set win. Fiore was also named to the all-tournament team at Yorktown on Saturday.
– Briana Tucci, Pleasantville: The Panthers came out on top in an exhausting, five-set win over Hamilton on Thursday, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, and Tucci’s 30 kills were a large part of why. Tucci added 12 kills in a sweep of Scarsdale B the next day.
– Brooke Vahos, Haldane: Making her second consecutive appearance on the Honor Roll, Vahos recorded what is likely the first quadruple-double (15 kills, 10 aces, 12 assists and 26 digs) I’ve seen in my six years on the beat in the team’s win against Dobbs Ferry. Vahos also had 12 kills, 11 assists and eight aces against Peekskill.
– Mychael Vernon, Ossining: The freshman pounded down 30 kills in a win over New Rochelle, while also tallying 13 kills in both wins against Clarkstown South and Croton-Harmon.
– Laura Zazyczny, Nanuet: The senior setter dominated against Riverside, racking up 15 aces and 17 assists. Zazyczny posted eight aces, 21 assists and nine digs against Clarkstown North.
Journal News/lohud.com volleyball beat reporter Mike Zacchio will pick a player of the week to be announced every Sunday. This year will also include a five-player “Honor Roll,” which highlights other outstanding weeks that deserved recognition. Announcements will usually be posted at noon. Please try to submit all nominations by Saturday night (or sooner, if the team does not have a tournament/match over the weekend).
Sept. 11: Madison Monahan, North Rockland (Read)
How to nominate a player for #POTW
Fans, coaches, players, etc. can nominate players via Twitter (@Zacchio_LoHud), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or text (if you have my number). I will also select an Honor Roll consisting of upwards of five honorable mentions, so that they’re accomplishments will also be recognized. The final #POTW of the season will be announced Oct. 23.
Please include the players’ name, school, grade, position and stats for the week (all games from Monday through Saturday). Tournament performances (all-tournament team, tournament MVP, team win, etc.) count towards this award, even if you don’t have exact stats.
Example: Brooke Davis, Tree Hill H.S., Sr., OH: Brooke had 48 kills, 20 aces, 60 assists and 62 digs in the Ravens’ wins this week over Catalano, Keller, and McFadden High. She was also MVP of the Whitey Durham Invitational on Saturday.
There is no science or exact formula to picking a winner, but everything counts — including team’s performance and strength of schedule. It’s not just a numbers game. A girl having a great week against tough competition will probably win over a girl who had an unconscious week against week competition.
There is no limit to how many times a player can win during the season. I will do my best to pick the best candidate. Sometimes that will be a repeat winner. I’ll try to spread the love as much as I can, but as the saying goes, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” Softball is different than other sports, since pitchers can produce every game in the circle and at-bat. I’ll try not to water it down with pitchers too much.