St. Mary-Oak Ridge volleyballers win KISL event

The Knoxville Independent School League (KISL) held its annual volleyball tournament at St. Joseph School in Knoxville, with the finals being held Oct. 2.

The St. Mary varsity volleyball team from Oak Ridge took first place in the regular season and swept the tournament, securing its third consecutive championship.

“We never dropped a set,” said Coach Rob Halcrow. “A three-peat! We couldn’t be happier to have won both the season and tournament for the last three years.”

Coach Laura McKenna said, “Their hard work paid off big-time. This is a fabulous group of girls that gave it their all on and off the court.”

When asked how they did it, Coach Halcrow said, “Dedication from everyone involved. The tremendous job of our athletic director giving us the support we needed to be successful, each player’s willingness to commit to every practice and game without fail, and our wonderful parents who without their support none of this would be possible.”

On Aug. 15 the St. Mary varsity team won the 2015 KCHS Volleyball Feeder Fest Tournament for the second straight year.

The St. Mary junior varsity team also did very well, as they took first place in their pool and second overall in the finals at the Feeder Fest.

“Both the JV and varsity teams have exceeded expectations in play, team bonding and sportsmanship,”

Coach McKenna said. “The girls have laid a strong foundation for another spectacular season. As a coach, I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication the team has shown, and I look forward to helping the girls gain confidence in their volleyball skills and grow on and off the court.”

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