There will be no state championship trophies proudly displayed at St. Ursula Acedemy this year. The Lady Arrows’ volleyball and soccer teams had their seasons halted as both teams dropped their semi-final matches to highly ranked opponents in their respective state tournaments.
Heading into the Division I volleyball state tournament semi-final match on Thursday, November 8, St. Ursula’s only blemish on its 26-2 season record was a 3-0 loss to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (22-6) in September. Meeting once again at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio for a highly anticipated rematch, the sixth-ranked Lions defeated the second-ranked Arrows 4-1 (27-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17) to advance to the championship match. Ursuline Academy will be bidding for their fourth state title having captured the championship trophy in 1993, 2002, and most recently in 2009.
St. Ursula , winners of the 2004 and 201o state titles and runners-up in 2000, 2005, and last year, close out their season by saying farewell to seniors Maddie Burnham and Katie McKernan. The Arrows, who have reached the state final four nine times in school history, have compiled a remarkable 82-4 record over the past three seasons with all four losses coming against Cincinnati area teams.
After the match, Arrows head coach John Buck, who has been at the helm for 17 years, told Toledo Blade sports writer Steve Junga, “We felt confident coming into this weekend. The girls were playing well and we thought we had a good game plan. I was looking forward to the rematch.”
“One the big differences in this match was that [Ursuline] blocked extremely well,” Buck said. “We were pretty predictable in our offense and they had time to camp out on their blocks. They did a real nice job with that.”
St. Ursula’s run at state volleyball title stopped in semifinals toledoblade.com 11/9/2012
In soccer the Lady Arrows (13-6-3) dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (20-0-2), the top-ranked team in Division II, in a state semifinal match that was played on November 6 at Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium in Sandusky, Ohio.
Last year the results were reversed as St. Ursula defeated the Lady Warriors 1-0 in an overtime shootout to advance to their first DII state title game in school history. The Arrows lost to Columbus St. Francis DeSales 2-0 in the championship match at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Walsh Jesuit scored the lone goal of the match ten minutes into the second half.
In a post-match interview with Toledo Blade sports writer Donald Emmons, St. Ursula head coach Chris Black stated, “That’s a very talented team over there. They got their goal and we didn’t get ours. They probably thought they were the better team last year. Maybe we were the better team this year or maybe we were not, but we’re 1-1. Most teams in the state or the country would love to be .500 against Walsh Jesuit over the last two years. We’re not happy with it, but we’ll take it.”
St. Ursula stymied during semifinal loss toledoblade.com 11/7/2012