Notre Dame Defends Berkley Invite Title

Notre Dame Varsity Volleyball won its third tournament of the season by successfully defending their title at the Berkley Invitational. The Irish improved to 29-5 and have now won 19 straight matches.

Notre Dame opened the tournament with a 25-9, 25-17 straight set win over Cabrini. Natalie Risi had eight points including an ace and a block, six kills, two assists and five digs. Bianca Giglio added seven points, an ace, six kills, three blocks and four digs. Maddy Chinn chipped in with six kills, a pair of blocks and three digs while Maria Famularo six points, three kills, seven assists and three digs. Elyssa Wallace picked up five points, three aces and two digs, Olivia Kowalkowski had a match high 16 digs and Freshman Sophia Sudzina had three points, three kills and eight assists.

In the second match of pool play Notre Dame topped Walled Lake Northern 25-18, 25-10. Chinn led the way with eight kills, six points, three aces, three blocks and four digs. Risi served up 12 points, five aces, six kills, two assists, and seven digs and Aly Borellis kicked in six points, 11 assists, and seven digs. Famularo had eight assists and eight digs and Giglio had six points, two aces, three kills and a pair of blocks.

The final match in pool play found the Irish defeat host Berkley 25-15, 25-14. Chinn had 13 kills, six points, four aces, and four digs, Giglio had 10 points and four digs, Risi addedeight points, three aces, four kills, three assists and nine digs and Kowalkowski finished with seven digs, six points and four aces.

In the opening round of bracket play the Irish took on Marysville. Notre Dame fell behind early in both sets but came back strong to hand Marysville a 25-15, 25-16 loss. Chinn had 11 kills, three points and nine digs, Risi had seven kills, five points and eight digs and Famularo contributed 10 points, and 10 assists. Borellis scored nine points from the line to go with six kills, six assists and 12 digs. Kowalkowski added eight digs and three points, Josie Bloom dug up four Viking attacks and had two assists and Emily Mohr had four kills and four digs for the Irish.

Notre Dame took on South Lyon East in the Championship match. The Cougars went on a couple of runs in the first set to take the lead by as many as four points until the Irish finally tied it up at 22.  Notre Dame went on to score on three of the next four points to take the first set 25-23.  The second set was all Notre Dame as the Irish never trailed on their way to a 25-12 win. Chinn finished with14 kills and 11 digs. Risi scored on eight attacks, three service points and had six digs. Famularo had five points, two aces, 10 assists, and seven digs while Borellis scored five points, two aces, four kills, 14 assists and four digs.  Theresa Carrier had a pair of kills, two blocks and two digs while Kowalkowski added five points, two aces and five digs.

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