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Kellenberg’s early changes led to volleyball title

Kellenberg's Victoria Moulder during the CHSAA girls volleyball

Kellenberg's Victoria Moulder during the CHSAA girls volleyball finals on Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. Credit: Richard T. Slattery

A 14-1 record and CHSAA state title are impressive feats in their own right.

A closer look at the work and sacrifices made by the Kellenberg girls volleyball team this season makes these accomplishments all the more impressive.

“In the beginning of the season, we had a lot of people moving to different positions,” said Tori Moulder, who had 263 kills. “It was a challenge in the beginning and we had to work out some kinks.”

“Right from the beginning, there was something special here,” said Tina Ceriello, who moved from outside hitter to libero, foregoing the chance to rack up kills to play a defensive role. “But for a short time, we were trying to figure out things out in the beginning, but I think it worked out.”

The results bore this out, as Moulder, Ceriello, Kate Calabro (328 kills), new setter Megan Pfundstein (948 assists), Kiersten Cote (196 kills), Cara Kennedy (154 kills) and Lauren Mastrianni (99.2 percent serve success rate) all excelled.

Coach Cathy VonSchoenermarck said her team’s strength was its “cooperative spirit, the idea that they were willing to sacrifice what individual needs they had for the group.”

This ethos went beyond the starters, and was also exemplified by reserves such as libero Danielle Gaudet, who VonSchoenermarck said was “capable of starting for many programs and was a perfect example of someone putting aside her own desires for the team.”

“Our goal was always to work together and win a championship,” Calabro said. “Everyone who made the team was there for the team.”

Firebirds road to the championship

NSCHSAA league playoffs

Holy Trinity 3-0

St. Anthony’s 3-2

CHSAA state playoffs

(Pool play 6-0)

Lancaster St. Mary’s 2-0

Fontbonne Hall Academy 3-1

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