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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 2015 Shanahan Volleyball Season.

Home of the 2009


State Champions!

Our goal is to pick up where we left off last year and compete at the highest level.  Our goal this year will to win our second State Championship!!  We also look to re-establish ourselves as the top team in the district and capture our fourth District title and capture our 9th 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 runner-up.

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"



Wednesday, January 21
This weeks Schedule

Upcoming Events

Deposits are now being accepted for this year’s

 Gold Medal Team Camp

Send a check for $285 to Greg Ashman to reserve your spot in this year’s camp

Space is limited

Deposits are due by March 30th


Camp is Monday July 27th through Thursday July 30th

Everyday 8:00am – 5:30pm


Spots for returning players are being held till March 31st, after March 31st camp will be opened to all incoming players who want to try out for this year’s team.

For more information and camp details please email – Coach Greg

**Attendance in the Gold Medal Camp does not assure that you will make the team.

Tuesday, September 11
PVCA State Rankings

State Ranking Finals 2014





Previous Rank











   Cumberland Valley  












   Upper Merion  




   Seneca Valley 




   Bishop Shanahan








   North Allegheny


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

Wednesday, November 5
Pennridge handed 1st loss by Bishop Shanahan in District 1-AAA semis

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 all 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 take place on Friday night October 10th vs Cardinal O'Hara.  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.

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

Tuesday, November 6
Shanahan wins Third District title!

Eagles sweep way to district crown

Bishop Shanahan’s volleyball team has had a season that is broken into three very distinct phases.
The Eagles successfully completed the first phase a few weeks ago when they finished off an undefeated championship season in the Ches-Mont League.
On Monday night, they concluded the second phase and, once again, it was a case of “Mission Accomplished.”
The mission was to win the District One Class AAA championship. The Eagles accomplished the mission with a 3-0 whitewashing of Ches-Mont League rival Downingtown East in the title showdown at William Tennent High.
Shanahan hit the gound running, built a big early lead in the opening set and finished with a 25-17 win. The Eagles followed with a 25-14 victory in the second set and then wrapped up the district title with a 25-16 win in the third set.
Two-ace, three-point service runs by Erika Smith and Haley Kleespies helped the Eagles jump out to an 8-1 lead in the first game. After that, the Cougars were running uphill for the remainder of the set. East closed to within two points at 13-11 but then Shanahan steadily pulled away.
“We knew we had to start strong,” said Smith. “That was our game plan -- start strong, serve tough and pass well. We knew that if we served tough and passed well, we could keep them out of system.”
In the second match, the score was knotted at 5-5 when Shanahan started to take over at the net.
The Eagles got big swings, a number of impressive kills and a lot of points from strong play at the net by Lauren Godshalk, Jenny Mynaugh, Katie Ibarguen and Nicole Lott. They closed out the second set on a six-point service run by Molly Truitt.
Shanahan benefitted from effective serving by all its players, especially Amanda Kelly, Truitt, Kleespies and Smith.
“We knew that if we didn’t serve well tonight, they’re going to pass and run their offense,” said Kelly. “We played very well tonight. It was a definitely a whole team effort.”
Downingtown East coach Peggy Hopton, whose team opens state play Wednesday against Cardinal O’Hara in a 7 p.m. match at South Philadelphia High School, said, “I don’t think they could play any better and we had one of our worst matches of the season. They played very well. They’re a strong team.”
For Shanahan’s players, it’s time to start the third phase of their season -- the quest for the state championship. The Eagles will return to William Tennent Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match against Strath Haven, the fourth-place finisher from District 1.
“All three playoff games, we’ve jumped out strong,” said Shanahan coach Greg Ashman. “If we do that, we can deflate teams. We’re starting to play at another level now. It started when we played Pennsbury. We really took care of business. We did the same against Strath Haven and we kept the momentum tonight.”

Shanahan Wins 3rd District 1 AAA Title!

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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

Sunday, August 15
2009 Results - State Champions!

Wednesday, August 27
2008 Results

Wednesday, November 28
2007 Results

Thursday, March 23
2006 Results

Tuesday, August 1
2005 Results

2004 Results

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