Sabres Win First-Ever Conference Championship

ST. PAUL, MN - The SSM volleyball team took their undefeated conference record and number one seed into the Twin Cities Athletic Conference (TCAC) tournament on Friday September 30. In the quarter-finals, they faced the Agriculture and Farm Science Academy, a team they beat in the first match of the year. With the score 10-9, SSM got a side out and Emma de Mey ’20 went back to serve and rattled off ten consecutive points to blow the set wide open. SSM went on to win 25-10. In the second set with SSM holding a 10-6 lead, Emma de Mey ’20 again went back to serve and supplied another run of seven straight points to widen the gap and eventually help SSM to a 25-13 match win. Great blocks and hits by Abbey Levy ’18 highlighted the match.

On Saturday in the semifinals, SSM faced the Charter Stars, a team they played just four days prior to the tournament. Missing two starters, the Sabres rallied for an opening set win of 25-14. The second set was a seesaw battle with no team having more than a four point lead. The set was tied on nine different occasions with the last being 24-24 and the Charter Stars eventually winning the set 26-24. The third set was much like the second set with the teams going back and forth for the teams tying on four different occasions in a race to 15. SSM finally pulled away at the end for a 15-13 match win. This was a true team victory with everyone having a hand in the win.

The championship match was set to be a battle between the number one and two seeds in Division 2. The SSM girls came out with fire and determination to start the first set as evidenced by a great diving play by Aubrey Stafford ’17 on the first point of the set. They took the momentum with five straight points and never looked back on their way to a 25-8 victory. Hannah Rahn ’19 had a great set at the service line with nine consecutive points. In the second set after being tied at a 6-6, the girls again caught fire and methodically worked their way to a 25-13 championship win. Great hitting and passing and an amazing hustle play by Hannah Melchiorre ’17 were highlights of the match.

SSM was awarded four All-Conference players: Lauren Dudley ‘17, Emma de Mey ‘20, Hannah Melchiorre ’17, and Hannah Rahn ‘19.