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03:05:34 am

Size Doesn't Matter

NEW ROCHELLE — As I stated in the previous post, this was the best volleyball game, on any level, that I have ever seen. Ursuline makes up for their small stature with impeccable defense, even against the best hitter in the Section.

Speaking of Vivian Burcescu, let me just say, "WOW!" This chick is unbelievable - she's 6'4" and has the hardest spike I've ever seen. Ursuline defenders would back up when they saw her getting ready to spike. While Molly McCarthy and company managed to tame the Panther rather well, Burcescu still walked away from the loss with a match-high 22 kills. She will do wonders next year when she goes off the the University of Virginia on a full athletic scholarship.

This game had so many lead changes and ties, I couldn't keep track anymore. I logged a point-by-point sheet that I will post tomorrow so you can see just how crazy this game was. I apologize in advance if anything is a little tough to understand or confusing, but I had limited time to write everything down.

Another consistent factor was Ursuline's resiliency. I know I said Panas had a "never say die" attitude, but that was before I saw these Koalas play. They fell behind 5-0 in the final two sets and still won. They were losing 19-12 in the second set and still managed to bring it back to a contest at 23-20. And they turned a 13-11 deficit in the opening set into a seven-point rally; it was truly unbelievable to watch.

Ironically, Panas coach Joe Felipe said that Panas would need to be consistent in order to win. They were inconsistent. In my opinion, and I say this with all seriousness, they should've just set up Vivian every time. Not "like" every time, every single time. A girl that is that powerful and intimidating is going to kill the majority of her attempts. Her spike comes in so fast that defenders only have a split second to return a playable ball.
For Ursuline's seniors, the dream is still alive. One more win will give them their first sectional title and undefeated season in the school's history. For a team that can't have a height average more than 5'4", boy (or should I say, girl?) can they cover ground! Mainly Molly McCarthy, who has now been solidified in my mind as the best libero in the Section. Panas coach Joe Felipe said it after the game, obviously her coach Gigi Kemp loves her, and I've yet to see or hear about anyone who can really hold an argument to her play.

Standing at 5'0", if that, McCarthy was everywhere tonight; everyone was - both Ursuline and Panas, but it was obvious that McCarthy was a standout. One-handed, two-handed, diving, standing, sliding - she did it all today. Her 25 digs led the match and was probably the biggest reason Ursuline was not upset tonight. Without her, and the way Vivian was hitting tonight I really wouldn't be surprised if she would've had 35 or 40 kills in a Panas win; now that's an X-factor!

Her twin sister Megan McCarthy wasn't too shabby either, setting up 20 assists while adding six digs of her own. I'm glad they cleared that up, otherwise I'd have to make an appointment at the optometrist ASAP. Molly, who appropriately dons the number 22, is two minutes older than her identical twin, but Megan gave the last laugh saying, "She's older, but I'm taller by like two centimeters so it's all good."

The LoHud article will be in the paper and online Friday, Novemeber 4.

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