Kennedy Volleyball News

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Kennedy’s 2016 Volleyball Season Recap: by Hannah Langley ’17


Members of the 2016 team with Coach Santora

The end of Fall sports at Kennedy Catholic means the end to a great season by the freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity volleyball teams. The junior varsity and varsity teams both had extremely successful seasons, winning nearly all of their games. The JV team had a record of 13-1, and the varsity team finished with an undefeated record of 15-0. Home games were made more entertaining this year as the wins racked up and as fans filled the bleachers to support the girls. The combination of athletic abilities and teamwork amongst the girls on the court proved to be a recipe for success.


A member of the team soars above the net to block the ball

Unfortunately, not all great seasons end as well as their teams had hoped. Although the varsity team went undefeated during the regulated season, they lost in the first round of playoffs in a heartbreaking and fierce game against Preston. The JV team found more success in playoffs, winning the Division Championships. They lost the City Championship game in a competitive game against Archbishop Malloy. Overall, both teams had amazing seasons and should be proud of their accomplishments.

The girls faced many challenges, but in the end, they accomplished winning seasons that they should be extremely proud of, knowing deep down that they played their absolute best! Kennedy Catholic has surely proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the Catholic League when it comes to volleyball, and the program will hopefully continue to grow as time passes. As a senior on the varsity team, I feel fortunate that I was able to experience such a successful season.

Good luck to the teams next year, and here’s hoping for bigger and better things to come!


You can read more about the girls volleyball team by scrolling through their team’s twitter feed below.


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Girls Volleyball Has Another Successful Season: By Annie Burns

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Kennedy Volleyball Players Compete in Grass Doubles Tournament

Malone, Gallagher three-peat at grass doubles tournament

— One carefully placed ball at a time, Maria Regina junior Tara Malone and Kennedy sophomore Meagan Gallagher efficiently crossed off another victim en route to their third consecutive Section 1 grass doubles title Saturday afternoon at John Jay Middle School.

The duo, which won their previous two titles in the ‘B’ division, defeated recent Panas grad Pamela Heitman and Haldane junior Nicole Etta in the ‘A’ division final, 21-17, completing a 10-0 undefeated day.

“It feels so much better,” Malone said of winning in the higher bracket.

While their composure didn’t reflect it, nor did their record, the tandem said they were nervous about facing the higher level of competition.

“I didn’t think we’d make it this far at all,” Gallagher said after the championship match, which featured four defensive specialists between the two teams.

“I can’t swing,” Malone laughed. “I’ve just got to do what I can.”

The top-seeded tandem defeated fourth-seeded Yvette Burcescu and Christina Chu of Panas and Ardsley, respectively, arguably the top two freshmen in Section 1 last season, in the semifinal, 25-12.

Heitman and Etta knocked off last year’s runners-up, Michelle Li and Tatiana Tiangco, 21-15, in the semifinals. Heitman and Etta also finished pool play with an undefeated 8-0 record to grab the 2-seed, and the final quarterfinal bye.

With the varsity preseason gearing up in about a week, Saturday’s tournament — which drew a total of 24 teams — gives players a laid-back workout, some friendly competition… and lots of sunburn.

“It’s a totally different game (than indoor volleyball), so it’s not easy to compare,” said Malone, who noted that the bragging rights among players — many of who play for the same club team — is the biggest perk of the tournament. “Hopefully there will be a fourth (trophy) next year.”

Panas’ Demi Spanos and North Rockland’s Madison Monahan defeated Panas’ Lauren Feeley and Washingtonville’s Sabrina Livolsi in the ‘B’ division final, 25-23.

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Section 1 grass doubles tournament

At John Jay Middle School


No. 4 Yvette Burcescu (Panas)/Christine Chu (Ardsley) def. No. 5 Emily Costa (Maria Regina)/Caroline Tompkins (Kennedy), 21-16; No. 6 Michelle Li (Scarsdale)/Tatiana Tiangco (Scarsdale) def. No. 3 Kristine Fink (Scarsdale)/Jaclyn Smith (Pawling), 21-17.



No. 1 Meagan Gallagher (Kennedy)/Tara Malone (Maria Regina) def. No. 4 Burcescu/Chu, 21-12; No. 2 Pamela Heitman (Panas)/Nicole Etta (Haldane) def. No. 6 Li/Tiangco, 21-15.


No. 1 Gallagher/Malone def. No. 2 Heitman/Etta, 21-17.

Mike Zacchio

Mike Zacchio

MIKE ZACCHIO has been with The Journal News/ since August 2011, months after earning his degree in journalism from Purchase College. He predominately covers volleyball, girls basketball, softball, the Rockland Boulders and Westchester Knicks, while assisting on Lohud Yankees coverage and award-winning sports investigative pieces. Life motto: “Always be closing.” Life lesson: “Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.”
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Gaels hand out awards at Fall Athletic Dinner

Kennedy Catholic had its Fall Athletic Dinner at Colonial Terrace last night (Nov. 20) and handed out a number of awards to its varsity teams.

For the city champion volleyball team, Kelly Gallagher and Katelynn Ryan were named team co-MVPs. Danielle Kralik received the Patricia Maurer Sportsmanship Award.

In girls soccer, Kerry Brosnan was dubbed team MVP, while Tara Heslin-Scott earned the Sportsmanship Award.

Michael Donnelly was selected as the MVP for the boys soccer squad. Chris Mulholland received the Sportsmanship Award.

In cross country, Robert Kastberg claimed both awards as he was named the team MVP and took home the Sportsmanship Award.

Tucker Clair earned the sportsmanship award for the varsity football team.

Julia Bauer garnered team MVP for the field hockey squad, while Lauren Costello collected the Sportsmanship Award.

For the cheerleading team, Jillian Lepore earned MVP and Dana Kelly brought home the Sportsmanship Award.

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Kennedy volleyball receives awards

Kennedy Catholic’s varsity volleyball team received a number of postseason awards.

Senior Kelly Gallagher was named the CHSAA Bronx/Westchester League Player of the Year.

Earning All-League honors was Gallagher along with fellow seniors Mary Burns, Katelynn Ryan and Joanna Weidenhamer.

At the Kennedy Fall Athletic Dinner, Gallagher and Ryan were named team co-MVPs, while Danielle Kralik received the Pat Maurer Sportsmanship Award.

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Kennedy Volleyball CHSAA NY City Champions

Photos courtesy of Lucy Weidenhamer and Francesca Del Monte

Kennedy Varsity Volleyball travelled to Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx on Saturday and came home as NY City CHSAA Champions!

They won every set, defeating St. Edmund’s (25-9 and 25-3) St. John’s Prep (25-18 and 25-21) and then St. Joseph Hill (25-17, 25-22 and 25-13) in the final round.  For seniors, Kelly Gallagher, Mary Burns, Katelynn Ryan, Mary Helen Baudinet and Johanna Weidenhamer, it was there last game as Gaels.


Individual Statistics:

Kelly Gallagher 43 Assists, 19 Kills, 32 Digs, 44 Serves, 7 Aces, 1 Block

Mary Burns 1 Assist, 23 Kills, 6 Digs, 20 Serves, 3 Aces, 1 Serve Receive, 1 Block

Katelynn Ryan 9 Kills, 9 Digs, 30 Serves, 6 Aces, 2 Serve Receives, 1 Block

Mary Helen Baudinet 5 Kills, 4 Digs, 25 Serves, 4 Aces, 8 Serve Receives

Johanna Weidenhamer 1 Assist, 8 Kills, 1 Dig, 20 Serves, 7 Aces

Tara Cooney 5 Assists, 6 Kills, 3 Digs, 2 Serve Receives

Danielle Kralik 3 Kills, 8 Digs, 3 Serve Receives

Megan Erb 14 Serve Receives, 34 Digs, 2 Kills

Meagan Gallagher 12 Serve Receives, 28 Digs, 32 Serves, 11 Aces, 2 Assists

Caroline Tompkins 17 Serve Receives, 14 Digs

Teresa DeVino 19 Serve Receives, 9 Digs

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Gaels fall to Maria Regina in Archdiocesean Final

Second-seeded Kennedy Catholic’s varsity volleyball team battled valiantly, but fell to top-seeded Maria Regina 26-24, 27-25 and 25-19 in the Archdiocesean Class A Final at Maria Regina High School on Monday, November 3.

Click Here for photos of Kennedy’s (17-4) match against Maria Regina.

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Kennedy volleyball victorious in CHSAA A Division Semifinals

Kennedy Catholic varsity volleyball was victorious in the CHSAA A Division Semifinals, prevailing over previously undefeated St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island in straight sets:  25-23, 25-11 and 25-21.  After a difficult start, the Gaels overcame a large deficit and took the first set.  The momentum propelled the team to two more set victories.

The Gaels had defeated Cardinal Spellman in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and will play in the finals on Monday, November 3 in Staten Island.

Check out Staten Island Live for an article on the thrilling game.

Individual Varsity Statistics:

Kelly Gallagher  37 Assists, 4 Kills, 17 Digs, 10 Serves

Mary Burns  1 Assist, 7 Kills, 11 Digs, 14 Serves, 3 Aces

Katelynn Ryan  12 Kills, 14 Digs, 16 Serves, 1 Ace

Johanna Weidenhamer  3 Kills, 2 Digs, 11 Serves, 4 Aces

Tara Cooney  6 Kills, 1 Dig, 1 Serve Receive, 1 Block

Danielle Kralik  12 Kills, 6 Digs, 5 Serves, 1 Ace, 2 Serve Receives

Megan Erb  14 Serve Receives, 6 Digs

Meagan Gallagher 6 Serve Receives, 14 Digs, 15 Serves, 2 Aces

Teresa DeVino 8 Serve Receives, 10 Digs, 2 Serves









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Kennedy junior varsity volleyball crowned league champs

Kennedy junior varsity volleyball competed against Our Lady of Good Counsel in a tie-breaker for the league championship on Friday at Sacred Heart.  They won 2-0; 25-22 and 25-21.  The team will continue to play on Monday at home in the semifinals for the archdiocesan title.

Varsity fell to Maria Regina in a hard-fought match.  Maria Regina won 3-2.