Lourdes encouraged despite section final loss

Lourdes encouraged despite section final loss

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Westlake's Sydney Roell fires a shot toward Lourdes' Grace McElduff and Grace Rappleyea during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

Westlake’s Sydney Roell fires a shot toward Lourdes’ Grace McElduff and Grace Rappleyea during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

The proverbial magic carpet ride is over for the Our Lady of Lourdes High School volleyball team.

Over for this year, that is.

The second-seeded Westlake Wildcats beat the top-seeded Warriors 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-18, as Lourdes fell short of capturing the Section 1 Class B title on Saturday at John Jay-Cross River High School.

Lourdes may have lost, but coach Emily Krieger liked that her girls succeeded in changing the program’s course. The Warriors finished the year 18-2, after winning just two games during last year’s regular season and getting swept in the opening round of the section playoffs by Hendrick Hudson.

“I can say there were 15 kids that decided they wanted to turn a program around,” Krieger said. “I’m excited for next season. These kids know the feeling to win and have that heart and desire.”

The Warriors put that heart and desire on display during the section final.

Vanessa Jacobs had 21 digs, while Ceara Giametta added 28 assists. Grace Rappleyea had eight kills and three blocks. Jessica D’Auria had 25 kills and 28 digs.

Westlake jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the deciding game, and iced it after going up 21-17.

Krieger knew the match wasn’t going to be easy, and briefed her team before it took the court.

Lourdes volleyball building ‘something that’s amazing’

“I told the kids yesterday (Friday) it was going to be a war,” the coach said. “It rang true. We literally battled to every single point. If one team was down five, it didn’t mean you were getting an easy one. I felt like (us and Westlake) were a mirror image of each other.”

Jacobs, D’Auria, Giametta, Rappleyea, Grace McElduff, Ayla Altman, Alexa DiVenuto and Anna Kolosky are Lourdes’ departing seniors. But the underclassmen have given Krieger reason to believe the upcoming years will be just as fruitful as this season.

“There’s a lot of potential there. I have every confidence in those underclassmen,” Krieger said. “That was my end of the season speech. I’m excited about the future.”

A.J. Martelli: amartelli@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4836, Twitter: @AJM_PoJoSports

Lourdes players watch as Westlake celebrates their win during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016. Westlake beat Lourdes 3 games to 2.

Lourdes players watch as Westlake celebrates their win during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016. Westlake beat Lourdes 3 games to 2.

Lourdes' Rebecca Townes hits the ball toward Westlake''s Kelly Martin and Antonia Perino during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

Lourdes’ Rebecca Townes hits the ball toward Westlake”s Kelly Martin and Antonia Perino during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

Lourdes' Grace McElduff hits the ball toward Westlake's Sydney Roell during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

Lourdes’ Grace McElduff hits the ball toward Westlake’s Sydney Roell during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

Westlake's Caleigh Carr gets the ball up in front of Lourdes' Grace Rappleya during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

Westlake’s Caleigh Carr gets the ball up in front of Lourdes’ Grace Rappleya during the Section 1 Class B volleyball final at John Jay High School in Cross River, Nov. 5, 2016.

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