Jaguars come out on top in tourney

Host Academy of the Holy Names beats Orlando Edgewater in two games in the final.

Published September 17, 2006

TAMPA - Maureen Colligan was dominant throughout the 7th annual Academy of the Holy Names Varsity Volleyball Invitational Tournament. Holy Names junior Colligan had 53 kills (including 15 in the final match) and 10 aces in the tournament as the Jaquars defeated Orlando's Edgewater 25-15, 25-23 Saturday to win the eight-team event.

"She is our MVP," said assistant coach Jason Bouchard, who was filling in for Holy Names coach Doug Chinchar. "She carries us when we need her. She always steps up and keeps our team together."

In the first game of the final, the Jaguars took the lead at 5-5 and never looked back. Holy Names went on a 10-0 scoring run, taking a 14-12 lead to 24-12 before Edgewater added three points late in the game.

In the final game, Holy Names took the lead early, getting four points ahead at one point. However, the Eagles tied the game at 20. The Jaguars won the game and the tournament on an Eagle serve into the net for a 25-23 win. Meggie Willis had the Jaguars' only ace of the championship match, coming in the second game.

Erica Almerico had 43 kills, including three in the championship, and 60 digs for the Jaguars. Sophomore Jessica Gordon, who was just promoted to the varsity team this week, had 12 kills in the championship match.

Bouchard said Gordon, whose twin sister Julia plays libero, was promoted to the varsity team as much for her heart as for her skills.

"She is our (junior varsity) setter, and (varsity) needed someone with passion and desire, so we moved her up and she played well," Bouchard said.

Earlier, Edgewater defeated Sickles in the semifinals to advance to the championship, and Holy Names defeated Tampa Catholic.