High school girls volleyball
On their march toward the state tournament, the Lafayette Lancers girls volleyball team have captured two tournament titles.
The Lancers won the Blue Springs South Invitational. It was the first time Lafayette has competed in the event.
“It was a one-day tournament with 16 teams,” Lafayette coach Zach Young said, noting that it had some of the best teams from Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas at the tournament. “This tournament did not have any weak teams in it and our pool was no exception.”
Lafayette stopped St. James Academy, a Kansas powerhouse, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14 to win the title.
“Winning quality tournaments two weekends in a row is a huge thrill and a real confidence booster for our team,” Young said. “We’re playing some great volleyball at this point in the season and are really improving each week. However, we know we still have room for growth and improvement to gear up for districts in a few weeks.”
The week before, Lafayette won the Tournament of Champions hosted by St. Joseph’s Academy.
Lafayette got some revenge on St. Joseph’s with a 25-18, 25-15 win in the championship match. The Angels had topped Lafayette in the season-opener in August.
“All throughout the tournament, including the final, we were just so consistent in our play,” Young said. “I was extremely proud of how we played and how mentally tough our kids were all day. The team was extremely excited to win a tournament with so many good teams in it.”
The title marked the first time the Lancers have ever won this tournament.
High school girls golf
The Lafayette Lancers won the Class 2 District 3 high school girls golf championship with a team score of 321 at The Links of Dardenne in O’Fallon.
Lancers freshman Brooke Biermann fired a 3-under 69 to win medalist honors and senior teammate Paige Sanfelippo added a 1-under 71 to come in second.
“I’m extremely impressed with what the girls did out there, ” Lafayette coach Katrina Clark said.
Lafayette senior Anika Pulumati shot an 86 to help her celebrate her 17th birthday. Senior Alyssa Serafin added a 95 for Lafayette.
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The defending Class 2 state high school girls champion St. Joseph Academy Angels won their 14th district title under coach Carol Fromuth, who is in her 21st year coaching the Angels. Overall, St. Joseph’s has won 20 district championships in its history.
St. Joseph’s won the District 2 championship at Crescent Farms Golf Club with a team score of 305. MICDS was second at 335.
“That’s a very good score. I was very pleased with that,” Fromuth said. She added that “Crescent Farms is a little harder golf course.”
St. Joseph’s senior Grace Renfer shot a 1-over 73 to be co-medalist with MICDS senior Shannon Gould.
Sophomore Grace Aromando fired a 3-over 75 to take third place. St. Joseph’s freshman Nicole Rallo finished fourth with a 4-over 76. The final Angels score came from freshman Drew Nienhaus, who was sixth with an 81.
High school boys soccer
Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain was honored recently for his 30th year as the Red Devils’ head coach.
“It was really nice,” Gauvain said. “Very nice. I was kinda surprised. What made it so good was a lot of former players showed up. That was special. A bunch of my friends showed up, too.
“You know what, it’s been 30 years but it doesn’t seem like it. I still enjoy doing what we’re doing at Chaminade. I coach the kids. To me, 30 is just a number. It really is. It doesn’t seem like 30 to me. That’s a good thing.”
Gauvain’s record entering this season was 570-192-64. He led Chaminade to three state titles in 2001, 2002 and 2006, including a national title with the 2001 team. He was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America [NSCAA] Coach of the Year in 2001 for private schools and has been named the Missouri Coach of the Year in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2006.
Last year, Chaminade lost the state championship game while compiling a 25-3-2 record.
In 2012, Gauvain was named one of the coaches for the High School All-American Game held in Birmingham, Alabama. His coaching career also includes 10 national titles in club soccer.
College women’s volleyball
Missouri State’s Lily Johnson keeps setting records for the volleyball Bears.
Johnson recently was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week in volleyball for the second consecutive week and 11th time in her career, breaking a tie with former Northern Iowa star Molly O’Brien for the most player of the week titles in conference history.
Johnson, a Lafayette graduate from Wildwood, also recently broke MSU’s career kills record, amassing 75 in four matches with averages of 4.69 kills, 2.81 digs and 5.19 points per set. The senior outside hitter set the MSU record in the third set of a recent 27-kill performance against Illinois during which she also had 12 digs and three blocks. She earned her 1,920th career kill midway through the third set against Illinois, breaking the record previously held by Michelle Witzker. Johnson’s 39th career match with at least 20 kills also set a new standard at MSU.
College men’s soccer
Five points, two wins and one great weekend recently earned Wisconsin men’s soccer senior Tom Barlow his first-ever Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor.
The Chaminade graduate helped lead the Badgers to two home wins in a row, extending a 13-game unbeaten streak at the McClimon Complex.
He scored one goal and notched an assist in a 3-1 win against Northwestern and had one goal in a 2-0 game against Loyola-Chicago. Barlow had five total shots on the weekend and a shot on goal in both games. Both of his goals were game-winning efforts.
The senior was the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior at Chaminade. As a junior, he recorded 27 goals and 17 assists to lead the Red Devils to the Class 3 state championship match.