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Multiple Teams · Jaguars Finish As Division 1 State Runner-Up


Saturday, November 11, 2017

11:00 AM

Saint Joseph Academy
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Game Recap

The 2017 Saint Joseph Academy volleyball season was an incredible journey.

That journey ended on Saturday afternoon as the Jaguars fell in the OHSAA Division 1 state championship match 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-22) to the state’s top-ranked team from Cincinnati Ursuline Academy. The win was the Lions 6th state championship.

The runner-up finish marked the deepest postseason run in the history of OHSAA sanctioned sports at Saint Joseph Academy. The team won a school-record 25 games and captured its second straight regional championship.

While the season did not end the way the team wanted, there is so much to be proud of.

“Three years ago we had never won a district championship,” said Head Coach Kate Latkovic. “Then we went on to win back-to-back regional titles. Thursday we won a state semifinal and today we are the state runner-up. These kinds of things don’t happen. They should do a “30 for 30″ on us. This is special and it’s a credit to these kids who are great players and great teammates. It’s amazing.”

The Jaguars run to the state final had been keyed by their defense, blocking and key points in crucial situations. The Lions just did not allow SJA to play the way they wanted today.

“That team just played really well,” said senior Colleen Neitzel. “It wasn’t anything we did wrong. We worked so hard. Today we did what we could. We played as hard as we could but that team was just really good.”

Just as they have done all season long the Jaguars did not quit even when things looked bleak. Trailing two sets to zero and down 18-14, the Jaguars rallied to tie the third set at 19-19 and 20-20. The Jaguars even fought off two match points before dropping the set 25-22.

Cecylia Guye led the way with five blocks while seniors Colleen Neitzel and Beth Brady each finished with six kills. Brady added a team-high 21 digs.

Congratulations to the Jaguars on an amazing season.

Box Scores

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Jaguars News · Event Recap: Week of November 4 – November 10


Saturday, Nov 4th

Girls Varsity Cross Country
@
N/A SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Saint Ursula Academy
W 2 – 3 SUMMARY

Sunday, Nov 5th

No event results

Monday, Nov 6th

No event results

Tuesday, Nov 7th

No event results

Wednesday, Nov 8th

No event results

Thursday, Nov 9th

Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Jackson High School
W 1 – 3 SUMMARY

Friday, Nov 10th

No event results

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Multiple Teams · Jaguars Advance To State Championship Match


Thursday, November 9, 2017

12:00 PM

Saint Joseph Academy
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Jackson High School
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Game Recap

At the beginning of the 2017 season, the Saint Joseph Academy volleyball program had one singular goal – to take home a state championship.

The Jaguars are one win away.

Playing in front of a spirited student section and with great support from the SJA community, the Jaguars posted a 3-1 comeback win (21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22) over Massillon Jackson in Thursday’s state semifinal game. The win propels the Jaguars to Saturday’s OHSAA Division 1 state championship game to be played at 11:00 a.m. at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University. SJA will face the winner of the Dublin Coffman – Cincinnati Ursuline Academy match.

“When this season started, we said our goal was to win a state championship,” said Saint Joseph Academy Head Coach Kate Latkovic. “What we did today was give ourselves an opportunity to do that. Obviously winning a match at the state tournament is a great accomplishment, and we are so excited to have done that, but we have one more to get.”

The Jaguars were once again led by their outstanding defense and blocking and some timely hitting. The middle hitting duo of senior Colleen Neitzel and junior Cecylia Guye were dominant in the match. Colleen Neitzel led the Jaguars with 16 kills and six blocks while Guye had 15 kills on .324 hitting and seven blocks. Junior Molly Neitzel had 11 kills while senior Beth Brady had seven kills and 29 digs.

Defensively, sophomores Lauren Gardner and Izzy Micheli kept many points alive. Micheli led the Jaguars with 31 digs. Junior setter Logan Whitaker and sophomore setter Sadie Joyce each had 23 assists.

A year removed from their first Final Four appearance, the Jaguars were shaky in the early going but then played with a confidence and attitude they did not have in Dayton last year.

“We started a little slow today but once we got things going, I thought we played well,” said Latkovic. “Being here last year, playing in this building, and seeing what the state tournament is like certainly helped us. We were ready to play today.”

The Jaguars dropped the opening set 25-21 before capturing the final three sets.

“We just kept saying get one more dig, one more swing, one more point and we can turn this around,” said Colleen Neitzel. “We are so much better when we are aggressive and we didn’t start out that way but then we got rolling and we kept it that way for the rest of the match.”

Jackson went ahead 13-7 in the first set as the Jaguars took a while to get going. SJA then went on a 4-0 run to get within 13-11. The Polar Bears led the first set 16-14 and opened up their lead to 24-17. The Jaguars did not quit however and scored four in a row before Jackson closed out the first set 25-21.

The second set was tied at 6-6 before SJA went on a 6-1 run to open up a 12-7 lead. Then Jackson went on a run of their own as the Polar Bears scored seven of the next 10 to get within one point at 15-14. Keyed by a great Micheli dig to keep alive an important point, the Jaguars went on a 6-1 run and closed out the second set 25-18 to tie the match at 1-1.

The third set started off rocky for the Jaguars as they fell behind 9-3. Elodie Joyce and Nora Clink then took turns running off four straight serves each and SJA led 12-10 after a 9-1 run. The set was close throughout and Jackson actually took the lead at 22-21 before SJA closed out the set to win the all-important third set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the closeout set, the Jaguars never led by more than four and Jackson kept things close throughout. The match was tied at 21-21 before SJA scored four of the final to seal the victory.

Saturday’s title match will be broadcast live, beginning at 11:05 a.m. on Spectrum TV (channel 311/1311).

-John Manuszak

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Jaguars News · All Teams Schedule: Week of November 6 – November 12


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Saint Joseph Academy, November 6 – November 12

MONDAY

November 06, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

November 07, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

November 08, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

November 09, 2017

12:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Jackson High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

November 10, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 11, 2017

11:00 AM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Tbd
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

November 12, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Multiple Teams · Volleyball Captures Regional Title; Heads To 2nd Straight Final Four


Saturday, November 4, 2017

2:00 PM

Saint Joseph Academy
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Saint Ursula Academy
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The Saint Joseph Academy volleyball team entered the 2017 season wanting to show everyone that last year’s trip to the Division 1 Final Four was not a fluke and that the Jaguars’ volleyball team is one of the top programs in the state of Ohio.

Mission accomplished.

The Jaguars captured their second consecutive regional championship on Saturday afternoon at Norwalk High School as SJA advanced to the Division 1 Final Four with an epic 3-2 (25-21, 26-28, 23-25, 25-18,15-10) win over Toledo St. Ursula. The comeback win propels the Jaguars to the state semifinals, SJA’s second straight appearance in the Final Four, on Thursday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. inside the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University. The Jaguars will face Massillon Jackson which defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights 3-1 this afternoon.

“Obviously last season was great, going to state for the first time,” said third-year head coach Kate Latkovic. “This year though we wanted to prove to ourselves and show people that we are for real and we are one of the top teams in the state of Ohio. Our goal now is the same as its been all season – to win a state title. Last year was a great experience but now we have been through it and we know what to expect. I think we were a little shell-shocked in our match, but this year we are confident and ready to go. Winning back-to-back regional championships and going to state is awesome. This will be a great opportunity for us and we are looking forward to it.”

The Jaguars were led by junior Molly Neitzel who had 13 kills and seven blocks while hitting .297. Junior Cecylia Guye had 12 kills, many of the emphatic variety and a team-high 14 blocks. Senior Colleen Neitzel added 11 kills for the Jaguars while Sadie Joyce had 26 assists and Logan Whitaker had 18.

Just as they did in their regional semifinal win over Wadsworth, the Jaguars used their height at the net to control the crucial points against the Arrows. Saint Ursula, who has won nine state titles in volleyball, couldn’t find their way around the blocks of Colleen Neitzel, Guye, Beth Brady, Liz Kilbane, Molly Neitzel and others. On the occasions they did, sophomores Lauren Gardner, Izzy Micheli and Elodie Joyce, along with senior Nora Clink were there to keep points alive. The setting duo of Whitaker and Sadie Joyce controlled the offense as the Jaguars put together a great all-around performance.

The Jaguars won the opening set 25-21 but then fell behind in the match 2-1 after St. Ursula won sets two (28-26) and three (25-23) in dramatic fashion. SJA took a 5-4 lead in set four and never looked back en route to a 25-18 win to set up a decisive set five. After the fifth set was tied at 7, the Jaguars pulled ahead and had a small cushion en route to the win.

“Our kids were relentless today,” said Latkovic. “They did not give up even when things looked ugly. In our timeouts, we all agreed that no matter how things were going, we were going to pull through and find a way to win and fortunately we were able to do that. I’m so proud of this group, because that team over there (St. Ursula) is really tough and to come back from 2-1 down and win it in five sets is such a credit to this group.”

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Jaguars News · Event Recap: Week of October 28 – November 3


Saturday, Oct 28th

Girls Varsity Crew
Blake Haxton Fall Invitational
N/A
Girls Varsity Cross Country
OHSAA Regional Meet
6th Place SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Avon High School
W 1 – 3 SUMMARY

Sunday, Oct 29th

No event results

Monday, Oct 30th

No event results

Tuesday, Oct 31st

No event results

Wednesday, Nov 1st

No event results

Thursday, Nov 2nd

Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Wadsworth Senior High School
W 1 – 3 SUMMARY

Friday, Nov 3rd

No event results

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Multiple Teams · Jaguars Advance To D1 Regional Final; Set School Record For Wins


Thursday, November 2, 2017

7:30 PM

Saint Joseph Academy
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Wadsworth Senior High School
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Game Recap

Saint Joseph Academy advanced to the OHSAA Division 1 volleyball Elite Eight with a 3-1 win (25-16, 17-25, 25-22, 25-11) over Wadsworth High School on Thursday evening at Norwalk High School. The Jaguars, who have now won a school record 23 matches on the season, will take on Toledo St. Ursula in the regional final on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Norwalk HS. The winner of that match advances to the Final Four Thursday at Wright State University.

The Jaguars and Arrows have seen each other a few times over the last two seasons. The two teams met earlier this season on September 30 when SJA topped St. Ursula 2-0 (25-16, 25-23) in the semifinal round of the Perrysburg Tournament. The Jaguars met the Arrows last year in the regional semifinal and advanced with a 3-1 win. Their first meeting in recent memory came back on September 24, 2016 where the Jaguars fell 2-0 to the Arrows.

In Thursday’s match against Wadsworth, the Jaguars came out firing as they jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first set. A quick 5-0 run capped off by a Logan Whitaker kill gave SJA a 17-6 lead. The Jaguars capped off the first set with a Colleen Neitzel one-handed dig that found the corner of the Grizzlies side.

Wadsworth took control of the second set quickly and used a 7-0 run to open up an 11-3 lead. The Grizzlies, powered by University of Georgia recruit Kacie Evans, evened the match at 1-1 after a 25-17 win in set two.

The Jaguars relied on their outstanding blocking in set three and they were keyed by a 5-0 run to extend their lead from 13-10 to 18-10. The set got close late as the Grizzlies found themselves within two points at 22-20 but SJA prevailed to take a 2-1 lead.

SJA dominated the fourth set jumping out to a 10-0 lead and never looking back on their way to the victory.

The Jaguars were led by their outstanding middles Colleen Neitzel and Cecylia Guye.  Neitzel had 18 kills and 11 blocks while Guye also posted 18 kills to go along with 6 blocks.  Logan Whitaker had 7 kills and 10 blocks.

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Jaguars News · All Teams Schedule: Week of October 30 – November 5


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Saint Joseph Academy, October 30 – November 5

MONDAY

October 30, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

October 31, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

November 01, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

November 02, 2017

7:30 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Wadsworth Senior High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

November 03, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

November 04, 2017

12:30 PM Girls Varsity Cross Country
OHSAA State Meet
SCHEDULE
2:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Tbd
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

November 05, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Multiple Teams · Volleyball Captures Third Straight District Title


Saturday, October 28, 2017

2:00 PM

Saint Joseph Academy
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Avon High School
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The Saint Joseph Academy volleyball program captured its third straight district championship on Saturday afternoon as the Jaguars topped Avon 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23). With the win, the Jaguars advance to the regional semifinals on Thursday. The Jaguars will meet Wadsworth High School at 7:30 p.m. at Norwalk High School.

Saturday’s match marked the third straight year that the Jaguars and Eagles had met in the district finals. Avon entered the match at 22-2 while SJA came in at 21-3. After a win in the first set, the Jaguars were put to the test in the second set. After leading 18-10, Avon came back and made things close before falling 25-23 in set two. Avon won the third set 25-22 to get back in the match. They led for the majority of the fourth set before SJA went on a 10-2 run to gain control. Junior Molly Neitzel’s kill finished off the win for the Jaguars as they took home their third straight title.

Tickets for the regional will be on sale in the SJA athletic department beginning on Monday. SJA receives a portion of all pre-sale tickets.

The full regional bracket can be found HERE.

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Girls Varsity Cross Country · Cross Country Team Advances To State Meet


Saturday, October 28, 2017

12:30 PM

Place

6

Points

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Meet Recap

The Saint Joseph Academy cross country team is headed back to the state meet.

On Saturday afternoon at Boardman High School, the Jaguars finished in 6th place overall (212) which advances them to Saturday’s OHSAA state meet in Hebron, OH. It will mark the Jaguars second-straight trip as a team to the state meet.

The Jaguars were led by sophomore Annie Allen who finished in 4th place (18:25.11) and senior Sydney Seymour who finished sixth overall (18:27.98). Sophomore Amanda Keim finished 49th (20:08.24), senior Caitlyn Walsh was 75th (20:31.94) and freshman Mackenzy Burns was 80th (20:33.62) to round out the top five for SJA. Freshman Danica Hruby (83rd) and freshman Bridget Chambers (114th) also raced at regionals for the Jaguars.

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