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Knights Beat Mercy, Batavia and Olympia


10/4/15                                                Written by Bernie Allen


Mercy brought their high powered offense to Sutherland on Wednesday.  The Knights played outstanding defense and controlled the ball to come away with the victory, 31-33, 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22.  After dropping the first game, the never-say-never squad fought back to win the next three games.  Sarah Blowers had a huge night with 25 kills, 15 digs and 2 aces.  Savvy Bothner, Andrea Green and Leah Sherman added 26 kills.  Libero Aliah Bowllan was her usual stingy self returning hits like they were bad pennies.  She had 33 digs in the match.  Giuliana Johnson was a force to be dealt with kicking in with 2 aces and 13 digs.  Andrea Allen had the offense hitting on all cylinders handing out 43 assists to go with her 5 kills and 19 digs.


Aliah Bowllan digs ball against Mercy


The Knights hosted Batavia last Monday winning in straight sets, 25-11, 25-20 and 25-23.  Seniors Melanie Marsh, Leah Sherman, Andrea Green and Hope Shuman combined for 17 kills.  Sophomores Rachel Green and Kieran Nanavati made their presence known adding 3 kills each.  Giuliana Johnson came up big in the backcourt with 15 digs.  Erina Nanavati had 8 assists and Andrea Allen added 21 assists including the 4,000th one of her career.


Andrea Allen setting ball vs Batavia


On Friday, the team traveled to Greece Olympia to face the Spartans.  It was the Sherman and Shuman Show as Leah and Hope combined for 13 kills in the 3-game victory, 25-10, 25-12 and 25-12.  Melanie Marsh and Andrea Green kicked in with 7 kills.  Erina Nanavati took game 3 in hand serving 9 straight points.  The team was down 13-9 when she took over the serve and they were up 18-13 by the time she finished.  She also had 8 assists.


The team will travel to Mercy on Tuesday and go up against Canandaigua on Thursday before hosting their annual Pumpkin Bash tournament on Saturday.   The team’s record is 4-0 League, 9-0 Match play and 24-3 Overall.


JV Results

The JV team continued their perfect season (9-0) with wins over Batavia, Mercy and Olympia.  The amazing serving continued as they amassed 36 aces against Batavia led by Lindsey Michaud with 9 and Gi Julian with 8 aces.  Hannah Catello-Stooks, Melissa Nixon, Riley Lusk and Sidra Morchower had 3 aces each.  Taylor Prudetti and Jolie Neilson were named the players of the game for their hustle during the match.


Like the varsity, the squad won a close match with Mercy, 25-14, 28-26 and 25-19. The Lady Knights had used 15 aces, 24 kills, 7 blocks and 25 digs to beat the Monarchs.  Michaud had 3 aces.  Julian, Catello-Stooks, Katie Glance, Lusk and Prudetti each had 2 aces.  Melissa Nixon and Catello-Stooks had 5 kills each.  Nixon (3), Aneliese Brandt (2) and Morchower (2) combined for the 7 blocks.  Ronnie Hollenberg led the team with 7 digs.  Morchower, who had 18 assists, was named the player of the game.


Pinpoint serving helped them beat Olympia 25-15, 25-7 and 25-11.  Prudetti (8), Morchower (4) and Michaud (4) combined for 16 of team’s 29 aces.  Cami Eder (4), Lusk (4) and Sophie Shemirani (3) led the team in kills.  Players of the game were Eder and Lusk for their outstanding play.




Impressive Win against W. Irondequoit 

Finish 2nd in Baldwinsville Tournament


9/27/15                                                                 written by Bernie Allen


Sutherland took on league rival West Irondequoit in the Sutherland gym and came away with a 5-game victory by the scores of 17-25, 25-13, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-18.  “The team fought hard and overcame an outstanding effort by Irondequoit.” Coach Jon Eckler said after the match.  Senior Andrea Green brought the spark to the team in Game 5 with some clutch serving and back row defense.  In the match, Green recorded 9 kills, 2 aces and 4 digs.  There was plenty of offense as Sarah Blowers had 30 kills, Savvy Bothner added 15 kills, Leah Sherman 7 kills and Hope Shuman with 4 kills.  Setter Andrea Allen dished out 62 assists.  The defense was led by senior libero Aliah Bowllan who dug 34 balls.  The win kept the Knights record perfect in league play (3-0) and in match play (5-0).


The team had an equally impressive showing at the Baldwinsville tournament over the weekend finishing second after a hard fought loss to Burnt Hills 25-20 and 25-15.  They won their pool by beating City Honors (Buffalo) in 2 games, Corning-Painted Post in 2 games and splitting with Shenendehowa (Albany area) but winning on point differential.  There was plenty of offense featuring 4 kills by Melanie Marsh, 2 kills by Kieran Nanavati and Rachel Green’s first varsity kill.  They played a one-game position match against Baldwinsville on their home court.  Consistent passing and great defense got the win.  Bowllan, Blowers and Bothner had 22 digs in the win.  They met Victor in the semis and beat them in 2 straight games, 25-13 and 25-19.  Next was Connequot who traveled 7 hours up from Long Island.  The Knights turned them away 25-20 and 25-23.  Coach Eckler credited the win to excellent ball control.  The finals pitted Sutherland against Burnt Hills, our opponents in the last three state championship finals.  Burnt Hill used their height and fast paced offense to take the match in 2 games.


A road game against Brighton was the first varsity match for sophomores Sienna Provvidenza and Rachel Green and for freshman Kieran Nanavati.  The Knights handled the Barons 25-9, 25-10 and 25-14.  It marked the first of many more to come points from the Nanavati sisters.  Junior Erina set Kieran who go the kill in game 3 of the match.  The last sister assist-kill combination was the Shirmer sisters, Selina to Luisa.


The team finished tied for third in the Burnt Hills tournament last weekend.  They beat Oneonta, Owego, Delaware Valley and Kings Park before losing to tournament champion Penfield by the scores of 25-23 and 25-21.  The Knights faced Kings Park in the state playoffs last year.  They beat the Kingsmen 25-20 and 25-21 in the quarter finals.  Giuliana Johnson had 2 aces and 6 digs in the victory.  The Killer B’s, Blowers and Bothner, combined for 16 kills and 24 digs.  Bowllan added 13 digs and Allen had 24 assists.


The Knights posted victories over Mendon and Honeoye Falls-Lima earlier in the week.  Against HF-L, the team controlled the net and played scrappy defense.  The Middles tandem of Shuman, Green and Melanie Marsh collected 12 kills and 1 block while hitters Sherman, Blowers and Bothner amassed 27 kills.  The defense was led by Bowllan and Allen who combined for 31 digs.  Green had another big night against the Vikings with 8 kills and 3 blocks.  Mary Bayer had the hot hand as she served the first nine points in a row.  Junior Erina Nanavati was solid on the court and had 4 digs.


The team will host Batavia and Mercy before traveling to Greece Olympia next week.  The team’s record is now 4-0 League, 6-0 Match play and 21-3 Overall.


JV Results

The squad’s record remained perfect with wins against Honeoye Falls-Lima, West Irondequoit and Brighton.

HFL:  The team had 29 aces led by Riley Lusk and Sienna Provvidenza with 5 each.  The team had 25 kills including 5 by Rachel Green, 4 by Kieran Nanavati and 3 by Sienna Provvidenza.  Hannah Catello-Stooks had game high 7 aces to go with 5 digs.  Players of the game were Sidra Morchower who had 10 assists and Marina Perestam who had 2 aces and a kill.


Irondequoit:  The hot serving was led by Lindsey Michuad and Green with 4 aces each.  The offensive attack was anchored by Nanavati with 7 kills, Aneliese Brandt with 4 kills and Melissa Nixon with 3 kills.  The defense was supported by Nanavati’s 7 digs, Catello-Stooks with 5 digs and Ronnie Hollenberg and Green with 3 each.  Morchower dished out 14 assists.  Brandt was named the player of the game for her solid play.


Brighton:  It was another big day of serving led by Hollenberg with 6 aces, Michaud with 5 aces and Sophie Shemirani’s 4 aces.  Shemirani keyed the scoring with 7 kills along with Nixon’s 7 kills and Perestam’s 4 kills.  They stopped a lot of balls from hitting the court caused by Catello-Stooks’ 7 digs, Morchower’s 5 digs and Perestam’s 4 digs.  Morchower also had 21 assists.  Coach Lynne Allen named Giovanna Julian and Shemirani the players of the game.



  Knights Finish 3rd in Penfield Tourney, Beat Brighton and Mendon

9/13/15                                                                 written by Bernie Allen

The Sutherland girls’ volleyball team had a good showing at the Penfield tournament last weekend going 5-1 and finishing tied for third.  They went undefeated in pool play winning both games against Wilson (Buffalo), Aquinas and Fairport.  In the pre-quarters in the Gold bracket, they faced a scrappy Byron-Bergen team in a one-game match and came out on top 25-19. The Victor Blue Devils, coached by ex-Sutherland coach Matt Glover, were the opponent in the quarter-final match.  The Knights won the first game handily 25-15.  The second game went back and forth until senior middle Hope Shuman came up with a huge block to seal the win 26-24. Shuman was supported by fellow hitters Andrea Green, Leah Sherman, Sarah Blowers and Savvy Bothner who combined for 26 kills and 3 blocks.  Libero Aliah Bowllan had 9 digs and setter Andrea Allen added 25 assists.


They drew Penfield in the semi-finals match.  The Patriots, NYS Class AA runner-up in 2014, were hitting on all cylinders as the beat the Knights 25-20 and 25-14.  Penfield went on to win their tournament.  For Aliah Bowllan’s outstanding play, she was named to the all-tournament team.  Coach Jon Eckler said after the tournament, “The girls played well today.  We are improving with each match”.


Sutherland hosted Brighton on Tuesday and got back to their winning ways besting the Barons 25-8, 25-9 and 25-22. Andrea Allen used all her weapons in garnering 26 assists to go with 10 digs and 3 aces.  Sara Blowers led the charge with 12 kills, 15 digs and 2 aces.  Savvy Bothner had 7 kills and 8 digs.  Leah Sherman contributed 6 kills and 4 aces and Andrea Green added 5 kills and 2 blocks.


Friday saw the team travel across town for a match-up against the Mendon Vikings.  The team won in convincing fashion 25-12, 25-10 and 25-6.  It was a big night for Andrea Green who had 8 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs and 1 ace.  She had plenty of support from Blowers with 10 kills and 2 aces, and from Bothner with 4 kills, 3 aces and 10 digs.  Sherman, Shuman and Allen had 2 kills each and Melanie Marsh added 1 kill.  Allen also had 24 assists.  Setter Erina Nanavati played well adding 1 ace and 2 assists.  Junior Mary Bayer got the scoring going in Game 3 serving the first 9 points.


The team hosts Honeoye Falls-Lima on Wednesday before heading to the Burnt Hills tournament next weekend.


JV Results

The JV team continued on their winning ways beating Brighton 25-6, 25-10 and 17-25.  They put on another good showing against Mendon beating the Vikings 25-11, 25-19 and 25-21.


The Knights used a balanced scoring attack against Brighton as nine players had kills; Cami Eder and Kieran Nanavati with 3 each, Marina Perestam and Sophie Shemirani with 2 each, and Lindsey Michaud, Melissa Nixon, Rachel Green, Sienna Provvidenza and Taylor Pudetti each had 1 kill.  The team scored 21 points off service aces led by Hanna-Catello-Stooks with 10.  Gi Julian added 3, Ronnie Hollenberg and Green had 2 each and Sidra Morchower, Nanavati, Michaud and Shemirani contributed 1 each.  Hollenberg and Nanavati were named the players of the game by Coach Lynne Allen.


Against Mendon, Provvidenza had a great day with 6 aces, 3 kills, 7 assists and 5 digs.  Sutherland used pinpoint serving.  Catello-Stooks , Michaud and Pudetti each had 3 aces, Riley Lusk and Green added 2 each, and Nanavati and Perestam had 1 ace.  They also had 25 kills: Green (6), Nixon (5), Nanavati (4), Provvidenza (3), Aneliese Brandt (2), Perestam (2), Jolie Neilson (1), Lusk (1) and Eder (1).  Provvidenza and Nixon were the players of the game.


9/1/15                      A New Season, A New Coach and an Experienced Team                                                           written by Bernie Allen

This is the start to a season that the players hope will end just like last year.  The 2014 season ended on a high note as they beat Burnt Hills 28-26 in the final game of a 5-game match to capture the Class A State Title for the second year in a row.  Gone are Santita Ebangwese (Syracuse), Taylor Kells (Niagara) and Jes Marini (Brockport) but there Is plenty of experience remaining on this year’s team.   Senior co-captains Andrea Allen, Aliah Bowllan and Sarah Blowers return along with fellow seniors Hope Shuman, Leah Sherman, Andrea Green and Melanie Marsh.  They are joined by the veteran junior Savannah Bothner and Mary Bayer, Giuliana Johnson and Erina Nanavati. 

Allen, a fifth year setter, had this to say, “Many of the girls have been on the team for a while and know what it’s like to play in pressure situations.  Sutherland volleyball should not be underestimated this year.”  Aliah Bowlan, the NY State Libero of the Year for the past two seasons, stated “We have a different team this year.  We are not the biggest team in Section V but we play with a lot of heart and a lot of passion.  Things are different but sometimes different is good.”  Sarah Blowers, first team all-county last year, said “I can’t wait to see how far we can go this year.  These girls mean the world to me and I am honored to be part of such a great program.” 

There will also be a new coach leading the Knights this year.  Jon Eckler moved over from Pittsford Mendon to replace Matt Glover who took the head coaching position at Victor.  Coach Eckler said “I’m excited for this season because I have a lot of players who know how to win.”  He will be assisted by Lynne Allen who begins her 6th season at Sutherland (114-8-3 record), modified coach Chris Swyers, and new assistants Matt Catanzaro and Kay Pfleghardt.

The team opened their season at Gates Chili and came away with a 4-game victory, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-13.  They dropped the first game as they were settling into their offense.  They were down 20-16 in the second game but the ‘never say die’ Knights clawed their way back to win 25-23 and they kept the momentum going in the 3rd game.  In Game 4, they were hitting on all cylinders, moving the ball around quickly and finding the open spots on the court to score.  The front court was led by Leah Sherman, Sarah Blowers and Savvy Bothner who each had 8 kills.  Hope Shuman chipped in with 5 kills and Andrea Green had 4 kills to go with 3 blocks.  The back court was led by Aliah Bowllan with 17 digs.  Giuliana Johnson added 11 digs and 3 aces.  Mary Bayer contributed 3 digs to go with 2 aces.  Andrea Allen was solid with 32 assists and 15 digs.

Sutherland will play another challenging schedule this year including league rivals West Irondequoit, Brighton, Mendon, Canandaigua, and Mercy, Webster Schroeder, Honeoye Falls-Lima and tournaments in Penfield, Burnt Hills and Baldwinsville.


JV Results

The JV Lady Knights started their season on a high note against the Gates-Chili squad.  They combined a balanced offensive attack with solid defense to win 25-17, 25-17, 25-8.  Hannah Catello-Stooks had 6 aces and 9 digs.  Setter Sidra Morchower had 9 assists and 1 dig.  There was big production out of the front court as Katie Glance, Kieran Nanavati, Rachel Green, Sophie Shemirani, Riley Lusk and Jolie Nelson combined for 16 kills.  Lindsey Michaud chipped in with 5 aces. 


For their efforts, Catello-Stooks and Michaud earned Player of the Game honors.



2014 State Champions

Sutherland Knights




      Knights Repeat as State Champions

In a weekend where every member played with grit and determination, the Sutherland girls’ volleyball team captured the New York State title for the second year in a row.  Coach Matt Glover summed up the season and the championship weekend in one word, “Relentless.  Volleyball is a team sport and these girls were relentless about playing as a team.  Everyone stepped up!”  The Knights claimed the title with a nail-biting victory over familiar powerhouse Burnt Hills in five games, 16-25, 27-25, 25-14, 21-25 and 28-26.


The tournament began with all teams marching into the Glens Falls Civic Center to the Olympic Fanfare and Theme music.  The three teams vying for the Class A title in addition to Sutherland were John Jay (Section 1), Burnt Hills (2) and Kings Park (11).  Each team’s Sportsmanship Award winner was announced during the opening ceremony.  Senior Jes Marini was the Knights’ winner.  This was the start of an unforgettable day for Jes.   The team handled John Jay in the first pool play match, 25-13 and 25-21.  Their next opponent was Burnt Hills.  In the first game with the Knights up 21-20, junior setter Andrea Allen twisted her ankle and had to leave the game.  Sophomore Erina Nanavati, who was the JV setter this year, came off the bench to replace Allen and help lead the team to a 25-22 victory.  Fellow sophomore JV Giuliana Johnson also entered the game and delivered some clutch serves for the Knights.  In game two against Burnt Hills, Marini took over the setting duties and ran the offense like an old pro resulting in a 25-19 victory and guaranteeing a spot in the Championship match.  Coach Glover relied on his reserves against Kings Park and they did not disappoint earning a split 24-26 and 25-20.  Mary Bayer, Melanie Marsh, Andrea Green and Hope Shuman played outstanding which helped Sutherland to a 5-1 record in pool play. 

Marini was again called upon to perform the setting duties for the first game of the best-of-five championship against Burnt Hills with Allen still hobbled.  They ran into a wall as the Spartans let no balls hit the ground and lost 25-16.  Allen took over as the setter in game two and although she wasn’t at 100 percent, she led the Knights to victories in games two and three.  Burnt Hills battled back in game four to set up a fifth and final game.  The team moved out to a 23-18 lead but the game was tied at 24. The Knights had their back against the wall twice as Burnt Hills was within one point of the win.  They persevered and took the lead 27-26 then Allen set the ball to senior Taylor Kells who slammed the ball to the floor for the final point and a 28-26 victory.  The team stormed the court and the celebration was on…for the second year in a row!

For their play, Ebangwese and Allen were named to the All-Tournament team and Bowllan was named the Most Valuable Player.