Season Ends for an Outstanding Volleyball Team

The St Rita Varsity Girl’s Volleyball Team shed some tears following their three game elimination in the elite eight of the CYO Playoffs. Those tears will gradually change to smiles as they remember what they have accomplished.

Without a doubt, they are the best volleyball team ever to play at St Rita. Out of about 140 teams that started the season, they finished in the top eight and came so close to making the final four.

Playing in Inglewood, in front of a legion of Raider fans, the girls put on quite a show. They thoroughly dominated St Lawrence Martyr (Redondo Beach) in the first game by a score of 25-9. That game was easily the best the girls have ever played as all parts of the game clicked. Great serves, outstanding passing and tremendous hitting left St Lawrence reeling.

In game two, St Lawrence changed defensive tactics to cope with the Raider hitters allowing them to keep the ball in play. The hard fought game ended in a St Lawrence 26-24 win. In game three, St Lawrence took command in the deciding 15 point game. They led 14-5 before the Raiders mounted a furious comeback. The score reached 14-13 before the ball struck the floor on the Raider side, ending the game and the season. But, what a wonderful season it was! Congratulations girls and thanks to the parents and friends who supported these girls all season. The girls truly typified what it is to be part of a Raider Team.

Thanks also to coaches Chris Gil and Ingrid Rose who set such a wonderful example for the girls. Thanks again to Andrea Bertollini, who in addition to her hard work as B coach, helped at so many varsity and JV practices and games.

Raider Spirit Wear Available

Athletes, Students, Parents and Friends,

We are selling St Rita Spirit Wear to show pride in our school and support for our teams. These shirts can be worn on special days at school, to practice, to our games and can be worn in lieu of the PE shirt on the West Campus. They can also just be worn around town. On display, outside the office, are three styles of the “St Rita Raiders” shirt as well as the football and volleyball shirts being worn by our athletes. St Rita hats and visors are also being sold. You can purchase items in the office this week only. After that the order form that can be downloaded below must be used to make a purchase (you may use it now as well). We will send home the item(s) that day if available. We have a good stock available, but if we need to order it, it will take about a week. Be sure to make all checks payable to “St Rita Athletics”.

T-shirts of any style are available in men’s sizes youth medium through adult x-large for $10 (we can get youth small if there is a demand). 2XL shirts are $13. Larger sizes can be ordered for $14. Women’s v-neck shirts are in sizes adult small through adult large for $13. Other sizes can be ordered. Visors with an embroidered “St Rita” on the front are $15. Flex-fit hats with an embroidered St Rita and logo are $20. They are in small/medium and large/x-large sizes.

Raider Varsity Volleyball in the Elite Eight!!!!

For the first time in well over a decade, the St Rita Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Team has earned a spot in the Elite Eight of the 64-team CYO Volleyball Playoffs. The girls had an absolutely outstanding weekend, playing truly inspired volleyball. After losing to Assumption BVM for the league championship, the team has really regrouped and appears to be peaking at just the right time.

On Saturday, the Raiders, who were not ranked in the top 16, defeated Beatitudes of La Mirada in two games. That victory earned them the right to face their first ranked opponent in Our Lady of Guadalupe of Hermosa Beach on Sunday. The Dolphins tied for second in the powerful Southbay Conference. St Rita played with fire in dispatching the opponent in two games once again.

Two hours after completing their second round game, the girls had to face heavily favored and fourth ranked Corpus Christi School of Pacific Palisades. The Raiders took an early lead, but hit a rough patch in the latter stages and lost the first game. Rather than folding, they came out even stronger. Again they took the early lead but widened it this time to grab game two. The gym was full of tension as St Rita took a slim lead that they refused to give back. The Raiders shut down every Corpus Christi comeback attempt and claimed game 3 and the match.

In the elite eight, St Rita will face another seeded team from the Southbay in St Lawrence Martyr of Redondo Beach. St Lawrence lost to Our Lady of Guadalupe in league, but tied them for second on overall record. Due to a power outage at another site, the playoff schedule has been altered. The girls now play on Saturday November 8 at St Mary’s Academy at 2 pm. If they defeat St Lawrence, they play again on Saturday at 5 pm in the semifinals.

The team is composed of eighth graders Amber Allen, Sophie Johnson, Devon Nardoni, Natalie Khraich, Chea Arroyo, Elysee Vielma, Katie Tupy and Leanne Kuhn. Emerson Gohrick, Hillary Howard and Collettte Allen are the seventh grade team members. Congratulations to Coaches Chris Gil and Ingrid Rose for their hard work in preparing the girls. Thanks also to “B” coach Andrea Bertollini for her assistance at practice and her work as score keeper. Go Raiders!

CYO Website

Parents, please take the time to view the CYO website at CYOLA.ORG   It will provide a tremendous amount of information. Besides schedules, standings and last minute updates, you can view upcoming calendar events and venue locators. Every site our school will play at can be found on the venue locator. There is also additional info such as the food available around the venue when we are in tournaments. You can access directions as well. Alerts such as weather cancellations are coming. Please register with the site to get specific St Rita information.