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Category: Volleyball

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    Paige Hammons (left) and Sacred Heart knocked off the nation's top volleyball team on Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.

    There will be a new No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings, thanks to unranked Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.) knocking off top-ranked Mercy (Louisville, Ky.).

    The 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 15-11 victory for the Valkyries put their record at 22-12 as each team now moves on to the playoffs. Mercy is now 32-1.

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    Eric Garvey, Sacred Heart

    It was only the third loss in the last two seasons for Mercy.

    Mercy dispatched of Sacred Heart 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 in August, making Thursday's upset all the more improbable.

    It was a crosstown rivalry game in Louisville and was also a sibling rivalry, as Sacred Heart coach Eric Gavey is the brother of Mercy coach Todd Garvey.

    “We knew most people expected (Mercy) to come in their last game and wrap up their undefeated season, so we had absolutely nothing to lose,” Eric Garvey told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “We just stayed aggressive … and fought through some things with a lot of composure. (Mercy) hasn’t been in too many of those situations, and we put some pressure on them and showed they were vulnerable.”

    The team most likely to benefit appears to be St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, Ohio), ranked No. 2 with a 22-0 record.
  • It was a good day at Goodpasture Christian (Madison, Tenn.) last Thursday, as the Cougars set a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association record with their 82nd-straight victory.

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    According to The Tennessean, Goodpasture Christian won 25-11, 25-10, 25-17 at Gordonsville last Thursday to move Kirkman (Chattanooga) out of the top spot. Kirkman set its record from 1976-78.

    Goodpasture Christian was the AA state champ in 2012, the Class A champ last season and finished 100th in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 100 last season with a 48-0 record. The team was named the MaxPreps Small Schools Volleyball Team of the Year. Lynn Dearing coached all of the victories during the streak, and she was named the MaxPreps Small Schools Volleyball Coach of the Year.

    The National Federation of State High School Associations Record Book shows that the national record is 292 straight by Amherst Sweet Home Central (N.Y.) from 1978-87, and the final spot in the book (10th place) is 119 by Muncie Burris (Ind.) from 1989-91.

  • Garrett Peterson, Tony Tonova and Trevor Kennan will not make the volleyball team at Seminole (Fla.). But that's not their goal.

    The reason the three freshmen have spent their time trying out for the girls volleyball team is to shed light on the fact that schools in Pinellas County don't offer their favorite sport for boys.

    According to Bay News 9, the three are going through tryouts despite a Florida High School Athletic Association bylaw that prevents them from playing with the girls. The FHSAA offers boys volleyball in the spring, but local schools have not offered the sport yet.

    All three played for the Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy team that won a national title, and just want the chance to play their favorite sport on a high school team.

    "We're just hoping to get boys volleyball in high school. Try to start a team," Kennan told Fox 13.

    "We actually looked around at a different high school, and it's just not affordable," Michael Peterson, Garrett's father, told the television station. "Club is expensive. Some of the other kids – they were really great players. I've worked with them since they were 5 or 6 years old. It's just not affordable. Not every family can afford to do this. I was hoping the high school would have it."

    Some have compared the situation to when girls want to play football or perhaps wrestle on the boys' team. In actuality, boys volleyball does exist in Florida, it's just that some schools do not offer it.

    What do you think about the situation? Leave a comment below or tweet to @lelandmaxpreps.
  • From Miss North Carolina to varsity volleyball coach. That's the path Adrienne Core has taken.

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    Adrienne Core

    According to the Charlotte News & Observer, the beauty queen was named the new varsity head coach at Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.). Core was the school's JV coach last season and is a math teacher.

    Core won the Miss North Carolina crown in 2010 after playing volleyball, basketball and softball at Triton (Erwin, N.C.). According to the story, she was a preliminary talent winner in the Miss American pageant.

    “I had more success earlier in basketball, but I never loved it as much as I did volleyball,” Core said. “I have a passion for the game.”

    Middle Creek finished 7-14 last season and was ranked 105th overall in the state according to the MaxPreps Computer Rankings.

    She's not the first beauty queen volleyball coach that we've profiled here at MaxPreps. In July of last year we featured Melanie DeMure, who was named Mrs. California Galaxy in addition to coaching boys volleyball at Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.).

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    Nicole Fleitman, Lindsay

    No player in the history of high school volleyball has been a more prolific at smashing home kills than Nicole Fleitman.

    According to a release from the Lindsay ISD, the 6-foot-2 Lindsay (Texas) middle blocker has set the national record for average number of kills per match with 21.9. She bested the national record of 21.8 that was held by Lizzelle Cintron of Elizabeth (N.J.) in 2003.

    Fleitman's total of 986 kills this season also put the junior at No. 2 in the NFHS Record Book for kills in a season, trailing only the 1,063 by Jenna Lange of Marlette (Mich.) in 2007.

    Lindsay finished 37-8 this season, reaching the UIL 1A semifinals.
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    Assumption avenged a loss earlier this season by beating No. 1-ranked Mercy Academy on Thursday night.

    Ranked No. 1 in this week's MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings, Mercy Academy (Louisville, Ky.) has defeated teams from Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee this season.

    But Thursday night the Jaguars (29-1) were unable to take care of business against local rival Assumption (Louisville), dropping their first match of the season in four games (25-23, 27-25, 26-24, 25-19).

    "It would've been awesome if we could've gone undefeated this year," Mercy head coach Todd Garvey told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "But it may help us out in the long run. It will make us work harder and relieve a little bit of that pressure."

    Assumption (19-5) was unranked nationally heading into the showdown but battle-tested following an appearance at the Durango Fall Classic in California and New Castle Invitational in Indiana.

    Mercy beat Assumption in four games earlier this season.
  • The state record for career digs has moved west to Alpharetta.

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    Claudia Coco surpassed Dacula's Lindsey Weider (2007 graduate) on the list by beating the previous standard of 1,930 digs. She broke the record Thursday in a match against McIntosh (Peachtree City), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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    The Chattahoochee (Alpharetta) star is committed to the University of Tennessee, and according to, she has racked up dig totals of 535, 575 and 702 in her first three seasons. The site also reported that Chattahoochee coaches prepared a special game ball for her that recorded the date, match and digs total. Fans came down on the floor to congratulate her after the match.

    Chattahoochee is currently 10-2 and finished 25-20 last season.
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    Audriana Fitzmorris, St. James Academy

    The U.S. Girls Youth National Volleyball Team missed gold on Sunday in Nakhon Ratchasima,Thailand, but it definitely did make history.

    The U18 Americans finished with a silver medal after bowing to China 25-16, 25-21, 25-23 in the finals of the FIVB World Championships. Both teams finished with 5-2 records.

    It was the first world championship volleyball medal ever won by either a U.S. boys or girls team at the youth or junior level. The girls had finished fourth in 2003 and 2005.

    U.S. coach Jim Stone told USA Volleyball, "China was certainly the better team today. Our goal was to get a medal and today we made it silver, so that made me very happy and very proud of my team. Also, this tournament was conducted beautifully, very well organized, good facilities, so we are very happy to be here."

    Mikaela Foecke of West Point, Iowa and Molly Haggerty of Glen Ellyn, Ill., led the U.S. against China with nine points each.

    The Americans won two major awards.

    Audriana Fitzmorris of Overland Park, Kan., was named the tournament's Best Blocker, while Jordyn Poulter of Aurora, Colo., was named Best Setter.
  • Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) boys volleyball coach Melanie DeMure is a champion for youth. And evidently impresses in a swimsuit as well.

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    Melanie DeMure

    The mother of four was recently crowned as Mrs. California Galaxy and will next compete for the overall Mrs. Galaxy 2014 in a competition later this month in Orlando, Fla.

    According to the Mountain Democrat, the 42-year-old DeMure is extensively involved with local groups that help youth. She is a spokesperson for and also is the owner of Gold Cal Jrs. Volleyball Club, which has sent loads of players to Division I colleges. In addition to all that, she is a 22-year volunteer with local PTAs and led the Trojans to the second round of the playoffs and a 19-8 record.

    Her daughter, Emily DeMure, will be a sophomore on this year's Oak Ridge girls team.

    The competition judges participants, who must be at least 21 and married, on four categories: interview, evening gown, swimsuit and fashion wear.

    "What represents me best as Mrs. Galaxy International and as a passionate volunteer for the PTA is a quote from John C. Maxwell’s ‘Success One Day at a Time’ where he states, 'Think of the pursuit of your dream as being like a major athletic event. Train for it. As you prepare, exercise, you will get stronger mentally, emotionally and physically. To successfully achieve your dream, you need to keep improving … keep your body fit; keep your heart flexible; keep your mind open.'"
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    Zoe Bell

    The Charlotte Observer reported this week that Charlotte Latin (N.C.) replaced one in-state volleyball legend with another.

    Suzie Pignetti announced that she will retire as volleyball coach on July 1 and she will be replaced by Zoe Bell.

    Pignetti led Latin to nine consecutive state championships. During her 35-year career at three schools, she compiled a 745-120 record with 15 state titles. In 2012 she was named National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

    As a breast cancer survivor, Pignetti helped found an annual tournament called "Serve For The Cure," which has raised more than $300,000 in 11 years for breast cancer research.

    Bell, who has coached for more than 30 years, has won five Class 4A state championships. She comes from Ardrey Kell High.