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Bishop Shanahan Eagles
Greg Ashman
220 Woodbine Road
Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Thursday, January 1
2012 Shanahan Volleyball

Parents, players and fans, welcome to the 2016 Shanahan Volleyball Season.

District 1

AAA Champions

’06 ’09 ’12 & ‘15

Our goal is to pick up where we left off last year and compete at the highest level.  With all the new classifications and restructuring of the PIAA we have chosen to compete at the AAAA class this season.  Our goal this year will to win our second State Championship!!  We also look to continue as the top team in the district and capture our fifth District title and capture our 10th Ches-Mont title.  I have put together the toughest schedule possible for this season; including 5 time State Champion Hempfield, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2006 & 2004 state Champion and 2011, 2014 & 2015 runner-up.  We have also added two of the strongest teams in District 1 to our schedule; Penncrest and Strath Haven. 

Volleyball is demanding physically, mentally and time consuming.  We expect that every player will remember that they are student-athletes and school comes first.  Everyone will be expected to stay on top of her schoolwork and not fall behind.  We don’t want volleyball to interfere with their studies, nor do we want them to be forced to choose between volleyball and studying. 

We are asking every player to make a commitment to becoming a better volleyball player and commit to challenging themselves every day at practice and in all matches.  We would also like every player make a commitment to themselves and the program that they are going to go the extra step in preparing themselves in the off season getting ready for the 2014 high school season.  Play lots of volleyball over the summer and go to camps/clinics and do workouts on your own or with a friend to be in shape and mentally ready to win our second State Championship!

This season all Ches-Mont matches will have the JV playing first(3:30 away & home) with the varsity to follow.


"Building Champions One Pass at a Time"



team 2016
Shanahan 2016
Wednesday, January 21
This weeks Schedule

This Week

Sunday 10/16 Mini-Golf Fundraiser @ Golf Zone

Checkin @ 5pm - Shotgun Start 5:30

Monday 10/17 Practice 3:30 - 6:30

Tuesday 10/18 Practice 3:30 - 6:30

Wednesday 10/19 Home vs Sun Valley - Senior Night

JV 5:30pm Varsity after

Thursday 10/20 Practice 3:30 - 6:00 


Friday 10/21  

Practice 3:30pm - 6:00pm 
Saturday 10/22 Ches-Mont JV Championships @ Henderson HS

8am transportation not provided





Next Week

Monday 10/24 Practice 3:30 - 6:30 

Tuesday 10/25 Practice 3:30 - 6:00 

Wednesday 10/26 Practice 3:30 - 6:30

Thursday 10/27 District 1 Playoffs Home 7:00 pm

Friday 10/28 Practice 3:30-6:00

Wednesday, September 21
Shanahan makes quick work of Unionville, stays perfect in Ches-Mont

DOWNINGTOWN >> Bishop Shanahan was not messing around Tuesday, and Unionville was on the receiving end.

The Eagles wasted no time in adding to their already perfect Ches-Mont League record with a straight-sets win over Unionville, 25-9, 25-12, 25-12, staying on top of the league with a 4-0 mark.


“We definitely came out strong especially after our tournament this past weekend,” said Bishop Shanahan outside hitter Alexa Marcum. “We didn’t let up at all. We came up against a team that has a lot of good hitters and we played defense and did a great job.”

Marcum was the most prolific server Tuesday to go along with her nine digs. Marcum’s serves often put Unionville in bad positions for returns.

“Unionville is supposed to be one of the teams that will be challenging for the league title,” said Bishop Shanahan head coach Greg Ashman. “They are facing some injuries and sickness today which hurts. But they put up a good fight.”

The Eagles were able to establish leads early in all three sets, and at that point, and it was too much for Unionville to overcome.

“We’ve got to keep trying hard,” said Unionville head coach Clee Brun. “Obviously Shanahan is a top team in the state but we want to be there too. And I think we can be there. I think we are that competitive and have the talent. But we have areas that need growth. By the end of the season, we will be able to match up against teams like this.”

A big part of what made Shanahan successful came from the impact of their setters.

“I love that the setters kept our hitters in rhythm today,” Ashman said. “We ran our middles a lot which is what we were trying to get more established. Our passing was really good tonight and coming off our tournament this past weekend playing some of the top teams in the state helped prepare us for our league.”

Renee Shultz and Ceandra Ashman were instrumental in setting up the Eagles’ hitters, combining for 21 out of the team’s 24 assists. Shultz had 10 assists and Ashman led the team with 11.

Ashman said getting the three-set win was especially important because the Eagles are focused on defending their home court.

Cara Shultz led the team in kills with 13 in 30 attempts to go along with six digs.

Even though Unionville lost, Brun is still optimistic the Indians can contend in their division.

“Realistically I think we are a top four or five team as a whole in the Ches-Mont,” Brun said. “I would be very surprised if we do not make district playoffs and think we would like to go a couple of rounds in. Depending on the growth during the season and hopefully, we see Bishop Shanahan again.”

Alli Lowe led Unionville with eight kills and 11 digs.

Bishop Shanahan will puts its perfect Ches-Mont record on the line Thursday against West Chester East.

“I don’t know what to expect from East,” Ashman said. “I haven’t heard anything about them other than they have a couple of wins. We’ll find out soon enough.”

Wednesday, August 10
Threats, Bullying, Intimidation, Hazing and/or Initiation Ceremonies

 Threats, Bullying, Intimidation, Hazing and/or Initiation Ceremonies The Office of Catholic Education, the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors firmly believe that students must be protected from threats, bullying, intimidation, hazing and/or initiation ceremonies. All verbal, written, electronic and physical conduct that harasses, humiliates, or persecutes students, or disrupts or interferes with any student’s curricular or extracurricular experiences will not be tolerated. This policy applies to hazing behavior that occurs on or off school property and before, during and after school hours.

No coach, sponsor, volunteer or diocesan employee shall plan, permit, direct, assist or engage, condone or tolerate any of the above stated activities.

Any apparent permission or consent by a person being hazed does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy. Any student found, after investigation, to have engaged in any forms of this misconduct would be subject to disciplinary actions as defined by the member schools.

Furthermore, any coach and/or student who witnesses or has knowledge of such misconduct activities and fails to report such actions will also be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions as defined by the member schools.

Unite 4 Her
Monday, July 19
Go Pink or Go Home!

Since 2009, Unite for HER has worked to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by educating women diagnosed with breast cancer about complementary therapies, providing them with a compassionate resource for support, knowledge and healing.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and
wellness programs that educate, empower, and restore.

Go Pink or Go Home attendees will watch the girls compete on the court while contributing to breast health awareness by making a statement and wearing something PINK in the stands. The proceeds from a percentage of donations will benefit the Unite 4 Her Foundation.  Unite for HER relies on corporate sponsorships, grants, and personal donations to ensure the growth and effectiveness of our organization. We are a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.

The Bishop Shanahan High Volleyball team will host a “Go Pink or Go Home” Volleyball match this year. This year's match will be something special!  

"Spike at Night Under the Lights!!"

Saturday night October 1st vs WC Rustin. 

Come early - before the high school match we will host a match with the All-Stars from CYO Region 17. Set the date and come out for a night of great volleyball and fun! Donations can be made through the Shanahan Volleyball website – click on Unite 4 Her.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Unite For Her in the name of Shanahan Volleyball 

Thank you to all that help make this night a tremendous success.

Sunday, November 8
Shultz’s triple-double leads Shanahan past Great Valley for district crown

LOWER MERION – Renee Shultz recorded a triple-double with 10 kills, 22 assists and 11 digs as top-seeded Bishop Shanahan earned the District 1-AAA girls volleyball title with a 3-1 victory over (2) Great Valley Saturday at Harriton.

One year after dropping the district final to Upper Merion 3-1, the Eagles (16-2) gained their first district championship since 2012 by prevailing 25-22, 25-12, 23-25 and 25-15. Chloee Kleespies (17 kills), Alexa Marcum (8 kills), Michaela Devlin (7 kills) and Marissa Hoertz were forces at the net for Shanahan, which also got 36 digs from Gina Lewis and 13 digs from Jenna Losito.

For the Patriots, who were making the first district final appearance in program history, Aimee Christen had 15 kills, Abby Daniels posted 11 kills and Kenzie Farrelly contributed solid overall play.

In the opening round of states Tuesday, Shanahan returns to Harriton for a 7 p.m. date with (District 3, No. 3) Cumberland Valley while Great Valley faces (12-1) Cardinal O’Hara at High School of the Future in Philadelphia at 5 p.m.

Monday, November 16
No. 1 Bishop Shanahan beats Perkiomen Valley, reaches 1-AAA final
Sunday, November 8
Bishop Shanahan, Great Valley advance to district final

FORT WASHINGTON – Bishop Shanahan validated its standing as the No. 1 ranked girls volleyball team in District 1-AAA Thursday night with a hard-earned 3-1 victory (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16) over fourth-seeded Perkiomen Valley at Upper Dublin.

Sophomore Renee Shultz led the way with a triple-double, delivering 14 kills, 26 assists and 10 digs. Also for the Eagles (29-3-1), who will meet Ches-Mont rival (2) Great Valley in the district final Saturday at Harriton (4:30 p.m.), junior Chloee Kleespies (14 kills), freshman Michaela Devlin (10 kills, 3 blocks) and senior Gina Lewis (28 digs) had strong showings. “This should have been the finals,” said Bishop Shanahan coach Greg Ashman on “We saw the draw and thought that Perk Valley was the team to beat with their size and the way they battle at the net.”

Cayla Veverka (23 kills, 13 digs), Helena Clauhs (11 kills, 3 aces), Emily Oltman (9 kills), Adrianna Lattanzi (17 digs) and Ellie Min (56 assists, 14 digs) contributed outstanding efforts for the Vikings (19-2), who will face Penncrest Saturday at Harriton (3 p.m.) for third-place in the district. Perk Valley has already locked up the program’s first state playoff berth.

“We knew about them coming in,” said PV coach Drew Scheeler of the Eagles, ranked second in the state in one poll. “The first three games were close and could have gone either way. Give credit to Bishop Shanahan. They kept battling. But I am happy with my girls. They battled the entire game. They played well.”

(2) Great Valley 3, (6) Penncrest 0 – The Patriots earned a rematch with Shanahan in the district final after topping the Lions 25-23, 25-23, 25-18 in the other semifinal Thursday at Upper Dublin. 

Monday, November 16
Upper Merion falls to No. 1 seed Bishop Shanahan

DOWNINGTOWN >> All season long the Upper Merion High girls ...

Monday, November 16
Top-seeded Shanahan settles score with Henderson

DOWNINGTOWN – Revenge was sweet for top-seeded Bishop Shanahan Thursday ...

Monday, November 16
Bishop Shanahan clinches Ches-Mont National behind Kleepsies, Shultz, Marcum
DOWNINGTOWN – Bishop Shanahan clinched the Ches-Mont League National title by sweeping Unionville 3-0 (25-8, ...

Tuesday, September 11

PVCA State Rankings

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Monday, September 14
Bishop Shanahan tops Hempfield in Spartan Invitational final

KEVIN FREEMAN Sports Writer 

In a girls' volleyball tournament filled with teams that have ...

Wednesday, November 5
Upper Merion defeats Bishop Shanahan 3-1 in highly-anticipated District One final

Wednesday, November 5


Posted:   10/30/2014 10:00:56 PM EDT



ABINGTON — Ask Megan Keefe as a freshman or a sophomore if she would have been OK playing the third place game in the District 1-AAA tournament and she would have said absolutely. A spot in states secured and at least a top for finish in the district for the Pennridge girls volleyball team was far from a reality a few years ago.

But as a senior, with this team, a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-13) sweep at the hands of Bishop Shanahan in the semifinals was just not what Keefe could smile about. It was Keefe and the Rams' first loss of the season, a match shy of the title game, two wins shy of the program's first district championship in almost 40 years.

"We did not come out strong and it was not a good start overall,' Keefe said. "We never expected to make it this far and we are happy we did. Tonight was not our best effort and it's disappointing we lost.'

The Rams (18-1) rolled into the playoffs without a blemish on their record, but the Eagles' 17-4 mark was not too shabby and the fifth-seeded side brought playoff experience — finishing third last year in in districts — to the Abington court Thursday. The Rams have rallied back from slow starts all season, but a 12-1 run in Game One set the tone for the night.

"Game One they wanted more than we did,' Rams coach Zech States said. "They are experienced and we are not used to this at all. That's what it came down to. That played a factor, but it's not excuse.'

The Rams play Garnet Valley — which lost 3-1 to Upper Merion in the other semi — for third place noon Saturday back at Abington. They will try and rally back for a strong and long run in the PIAA tournament. Upper Merion, defending district champs, will do battle with the Eagles at 2 p.m. after the Rams and Jaguars jostle.

"It is good to have states to look forward to,' States said. "We have one day here to practice and we have to use it. Garnet Valley is going to want it and we have to come ready to battle.'

The Rams will need to find the offense that disappeared against the Eagles. Their swings seemed telegraphed and Shanahan made the consistent back row pass to their setter, who found any number of their powerful hitters. It was 4-0 and 9-2 Eagles in Game Two, which completely zapped the Rams' confidence. The Eagles were an opponent they could not solve for the first time all season.

"We did not play nearly close to what we are capable of,' States said. "They put a big block up. We could not get our middles going (four total kills) at all tonight, It's hard because I know what they are capable of. and I was not able to get them motivated to play the way they should.

Keefe, Pennridge's four-year starter at setter, won 17 games (23 losses) in her first three seasons with the Rams — three as freshman, four as sophomore, and 10 as a junior. The Rams continued to get better and nothing can take away the season they put together so far. So far being the key words. A District 1 championship would have been nice, but they will refocus and come back stronger in the state tournament next week,

"We came out with a lot of nerves,' Keefe said. "We need to do everything a little better.'

Monday, June 9
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Tuesday, November 6
Shanahan wins Third District title!

Eagles sweep way to district crown


Sunday, November 15

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YORK — There were over three years of playing volleyball together pointing to this - more than 1,000 hours of time in a gym whacking away at a round white ball leading up to this - a full season of focused dedication and hard work culminating in this.

At 6:39 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Central York High's gymnasium, Bishop Shanahan setter Katie Pisano's serve dropped to the floor on Allentown Central Catholic's side of the net and the match was over. Bishop Shanahan had won the PIAA Class AAA Girls Volleyball championship.

The Eagles proved that they had the best team in the state - something they had known since back in August - by defeating Allentown Central Catholic 3-0. They accomplished the feat by playing 75 points of "Shanahan Volleyball."

Shanahan held off a late-game surge by the Vikettes to take the opening game of the best-of-five 25-23. The Eagles continued their strong play in the second game and posted a 25-17 victory. They were even more dominant in the third game and finished with a convincing 25-13 win.

It was supposed to be a state championship volleyball match. Instead, it was more like a Shanahan "Block Party" featuring Amanda Nickels, Maria Ficca, Susan Frick, Nicole Lott, Katie Pisano and Emily Carlin. Nickels led the way with 10 blocks followed by Ficca with nine and Lott with eight. The others all contributed blocks at key times throughout the state title match.

"We knew blocking would be the key - that as long as we got touches on the ball, it would be great," said Shanahan coach Greg Ashman. "And with the lineup we have, if they started shutting down any of our girls, we just move it around."

Pisano said, "I thought this match would come to five games. But once we got going, we didn't have any slumps. Our middle blockers were blocking so well and Nicole (Lott) did awesome."

The third game was competitive early in its early stages and still close at 8-8. A four-point service run by Ficca followed by a five-point run by Nickels put the Vikettes on the ropes. Pisano started her serve with Shanahan ahead 20-13, served four straight points and then delivered the message-sending, match-ending, head-spinning,

title-winning ace.

In the first two games, Shanahan held the lead for the majority of the time but ACC was always right there. But, almost every time the Vikettes threatened to snatch the lead or the momentum, they were put in their place by a decisive kill by either Ficca or Carlin.

"Before the match, Maria and I both said - this is it…this is our game…we are in control," said Carlin.

Ficca said, "Me and Emily - this was our match. There was no way we were going to let it slip away after getting this far. We came out so strong tonight. It was great."

Allentown Central Catholic coach Laurie Corcoran said, "Shanahan definitely outplayed us. They came at us really strong with their attack and had the momentum the entire match. I'm proud of our girls. We've accomplished a lot. This year's seniors have two state gold medals and two silver medals. But, Shanahan was the better team tonight."

In the morning semifinals, ACC defeated Hempfield 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 26-24, 24-26, 16-14). In the other semifinal, a showdown between the teams ranked first and second in the state, Shanahan knocked off top-ranked Mount Lebanon 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18).

"We came out slow in the first game," said Shanahan libero Julie Joyce. "Our passing wasn't where it should have been. Our whole offense was sloppy. In the second game, we picked up our passing. We were able to put the passes on Katie's forehead and run our offense really fast. In the third game, once we got our offense going and started playing 'Shanahan Volleyball', we had things under control."

Nickels said, "Mount Lebanon really reminded us of us. We play a very similar style. So, they did the same things we do and that made them really easy to read. And, we knew their middle hitter (Olivia Gratton) hurt her ankle Friday and was playing injured. We went after her because we knew she was weak."

Mount Lebanon coach Dawn Begor said, "Olivia bring hurt changed our team a bit. We had to run a different offense. Our options were limited so we became very predictable. We lost to a very good team. Shanahan is big and strong - like a lot of teams out west."

Carlin said, "We wanted it so much and we played with so much heart. We came out really strong and stayed strong. Everyone was on -- no one was off. The whole team played great."

NOTES: Carlin was named the MVP of this year's state championship tournament and Joyce was selected as the defensive MVP…Ficca and Pisano were named to the All-Tournament Team….The Eagles' history-making state championship roster also included Cait Watson, Allison Lott, Kristina Dale, Kelly Hutchison, Clare Keating, Summer Jaros, Gabriella Nagy, Nicki Ruszkay, Grace Capuzzi and Natalie Deritis along with assistant coaches Brian Smith, Mimi Deritis, Michelle Lott, Jackie Smith and Pat Rucker…Shanahan became the first team from District 1 other than Villa Maria Academy to win a Class AAA state title….The only other District 1 team to win a PIAA championship has been Merion Mercy Academy in Class AA…On Saturday, Merion Mercy captured its third straight Class AA title….Shananan finished the season with a 27-1 record and its only loss was a five-set nailbiter to Merion Mercy…At this year's Ford Tough Tournament at Haverford High, the Eagles defeated Allentown Central Catholic in the quarterfinals and Merion Mercy Academy in the semifinals…Shanahan pinned losses on three district champions at states this year - Mount Lebanon (District 7), Hempfield (District 3) and Allentown Central Catholic (District 11).


Tuesday, January 25
2010 Results

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2009 Results - State Champions!

Wednesday, August 27
2008 Results

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2007 Results

Thursday, March 23
2006 Results

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2005 Results

2004 Results

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