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November 14, 2013

Crusaders' journey comes to a close in state tourney semifinals

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Fenwick put up a good fight in the third game, but Notre Dame closed it out with the final four points for the win. The Crusaders led 3-2 and pulled even at 7-7, but couldn’t pull ahead.

Fenwick was clearly hurt by Notre Dame’s height and may have struggled with the game being officiated so tightly.

“It definitely hurts because errors are points in volleyball,” DeBaggis said. “Basketball you can turn the ball over and it’s not necessarily two points, but in volleyball it’s a point.”

Flynn ended up with 13 kills (including one very emphatic blast for a 20-14 advantage in Game 3) and five digs. Spaziani finished with 11 kills and three digs and Corinne Cox contributed 34 assists.

Lipka produced nine kills for the Crusaders while Jen Crovo added four and Gianna Pizzano chipped in with three. Tessa McLaughlin had 15 assists for Fenwick, despite suffering an injury in the second game.

The loss was difficult to stomach for the Crusaders, but the team achieved many of its goals. It was the first team in program history to win a sectional title and DeBaggis credited the eight seniors for that, especially the four captains — Lipka, Pizzano, Crovo and McLaughlin.

“This is the best season in Fenwick volleyball history,” DeBaggis said. “Not even how it will affect our team in terms of wins and losses, but just I’ll miss coaching (the seniors) more than anything else.”

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