Senior Night went well for Ursuline Academy Tuesday. Not only did they emerge victorious over Lusher in the battle of Lions, but did so in a sweep (25-12, 25-21, 25-22).
“That was good,” said Logan Franovich, Ursuline’s only senior. We’re just trying to take it one game at a time, and we’re very proud of how we’ve been playing so far.”
“We always want to win for our seniors,” said Lauren Bagneris, who led Ursuline with 18 assists. “It’s a big deal for everyone. Just having that experience of winning and building the comradeship of the team is a great feeling.”
The win was critical for Ursuline’s playoff positioning. “
“This district right now is really tough,” said Ursuline coach Jay Jay Juan. “You’ve got Lusher and De La Salle playing tough. You got three teams potentially going to make it in the playoff round.”
Ursuline started the match fast, taking 10 of the first 11 points. Lusher managed to regroup some, but the damage had already been done and Ursuline won the game 25-12.
Lusher started better in Game 2 by taking their first lead at 4-3. But Ursuline rallied to go up 9-5 before a Lusher timeout.
Lusher recovered and played even with Ursuline down the stretch again. But Ursuline pulled away at the end to win 25-21 and take a 2-0 match lead.
A key part of the game involved a controversial call. Lusher had a kill that it thought landed good to tie the game at 20, but it was ruled out and Ursuline was awarded the point instead.
“We ran it quick to Hasani (Salaam) and the ball landed in, but for some reason the line judge called it out,” Lusher coach Kristien Thompson said. “I felt it was a big momentum swing their way because that was a great hit.” Juan was non-committal on the call.
“We try to earn our points,” he said. “If they give it to us, they give it to us.”
Ursuline led nearly the entire third game.
Ursuline will wrap up their season at Salmen on Wednesday while Lusher will finish at home against St. Charles on Thursday.