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Bishop Shanahan Eagles
Greg Ashman
220 Woodbine Road
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
19335
 
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Thursday, January 1
2012 Shanahan Volleyball

Parents, players and fans, welcome to the 2015 Shanahan Volleyball Season.

Home of the 2009

PIAA AAA

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.  We have also added two of th estrongest teams in District 1 to our schedule; Perk Valley and Strath Haven.  We will alos be playing a match under the lights at our newly renovated football stadum, on the turf, an event you won't want to miss!

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.

REMEMBER the 1% RULE!!!

"Building Champions One Pass at a Time"

Believe!



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Wednesday, January 21
This weeks Schedule

Upcoming Events


  Gold Medal Team Camp

  Camp is Monday July 27th through Thursday July 30th

Everyday 8:00am – 5:30pm

For more information and camp details please email – Coach Greg whodat11665@yahoo.com

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

Outdoor Open Gym and Conditioning
Starts Wednesday July 1st 6pm
See calendar section of website for details.
@ Lloyd Park Downingtown, PA
Anyone who wants to try out for the 2015 Shanahan Volleyball Team is welcome.
 


Monday, June 9
Titus Sports Academy

 



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 be something special!  We plan on taking this year’s match outside under the lights!  With the addition to the new football stadium and lights on the new turf field, plans have been finalized to have this match played outside under the lights; this will be the first match of its kind and sure to be spectacular! So set your calendar to part of this history making match!  Saturday night October 3rd vs Pope John Paul II.  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, September 11
PVCA State Rankings

State Ranking Finals 2014

AAA

Rank

District

School

Previous Rank

1

11

Parkland

1

2

3

   Hempfield

3

3

3

   Cumberland Valley  

2

4

7

      Baldwin  

 8

5

3

      Exeter  

 6

6

1

   Upper Merion  

NR

7

7

   Seneca Valley 

 4

8

1

   Bishop Shanahan

         NR   

9

1

Pennridge

9

10

 7  

   North Allegheny

10 



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

Wednesday, November 5


By ANDREW MARCUS

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.'



Tuesday, November 6
Shanahan wins Third District title!

Eagles sweep way to district crown

By DENNY DYROFF


Sunday, November 15
STATE CHAMPIONS

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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).



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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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