Cumberland Times-News

November 3, 2013

Calvary captures state title

MVP Shakayla Ganoe leads Eagles to first volleyball championship

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— FREDERICK — Calvary Christian was a perfect 10 for 10 Saturday at the Maryland Christian School Tournament in New Life to bring home the first state volleyball title, and second overall (girls basketball, 2002), in school history on the back of an MVP performance by Shakayla Ganoe.

Ganoe and the Eagles faced five teams on their march to the championship, playing two games against each school and winning each one. Calvary faced only one challenge along the way, needing an extra point to beat Heritage 26-24 in the second game of the finals. The Eagles took the first game 25-19 and won every other game by at least five points.

Ganoe collected 36 kills, 32 assists, 30 digs, 20 points, nine blocks and four aces during her award-winning performance, and Calvary also got a big day out of Rachella Ganoe with 45 assists, 35 points, 19 digs and two blocks. Kerenne Shaffer, still playing hurt from an injury suffered last week, added 28 kills, 18 digs, eight points and one block, and Payton Emerick had 35 digs, 30 points, 22 kills, nine aces and two blocks.

The Eagles breezed through play in Pool B by beating Salisbury (25-15, 25-10), Covenant Life (25-16, 25-19) and Tri-State (25-10, 25-17). Calvary then played two familiar foes from the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference during the playoffs in New Life and Heritage. Calvary beat New Life 25-19, 25-20 before ending with a 2-0 win over Heritage.

“We give God the glory for this season and the two championships,” Coach John Wall and his players said after the big day. “All season we had some good come-from-behind wins, but we were determined to come out and get early leads in every game, and that’s what the girls were able to do. They got off to good starts and then were able to stay out in front.”

Jada Lowery finished with 26 points, 14 digs, seven assists, four aces and one kill, while Chesni Ultis put together 27 digs, 20 points and one ace. Karly Hipsley had 16 kills, five digs, three assists and two blocks, while Katie Lee finished with 15 points and eight digs.

The Eagles bring a close to the season by finishing 24-5.