MENOMONEE FALLS, WI, November 10, 2017 (www.stmaryparishschool.org) It is no small feat for a team to make it to the finals at the Elizabeth Seton Volleyball Tournament. This eighth grade volleyball tournament is the largest in the archdiocese of Milwaukee, bringing together schools from seven conferences throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The St. Mary Warriors in Menomonee Falls made Seton Tournament history with each of their volleyball teams sweeping the competition to play in all three divisions of the Championship at Catholic Memorial High School on Sunday, November 5, 2017. This is the first time that the tournament had a school with three teams competing in each of the divisions or has won multiple divisions in the same year to take home two Seton Tournament Championship banners.
Each of the St Mary teams had successful seasons and came into the tournament highly ranked. This placed each of the teams at the top of their bracket in the tournament. The St. Mary boys were 9-2 in league play and seeded fourth in the Seton. The boys’ team won each of the 17 sets played during the course of the Seton Tournament, beating the first ranked team 3-0 in the semifinal to advance. The Warriors beat St. Leonard in the Championship to take home the Seton banner. “The boys really made a point to focus on team not individual players,” said St Mary boys head coach Jill Jansen. “Their selflessness led to their amazing success.”
The Division I Lady Warriors were 9-1 in league play and seeded first in the tournament. The girls pushed through their competition to face second seed, St. Dominic, for the Seton Championship. These teams had faced off four other times this season with an even split of wins and losses for both teams. As one would expect, it was an epic battle for five sets before the St. Mary Lady Warriors prevailed as Seton Champions.
“This team of girls were so successful because they all trusted and believed in each other!” said St Mary Division I girls head coach Sara Pierce. “Many commented on the chemistry of the girls and how much fun they had playing together…There was never an I on this team only eight we’s.”
The St. Mary Lady Warriors Division II team played their neighbor to the north, St. Boniface, for the Division II Championship. St. Mary Division II team had a 9-1 record in league play and tied with St. Boniface for first in their conference. After a back-and-forth five set battle, the St. Mary Lady Warriors capped an outstanding season with a second place finish. “We had a great, fun year and exceeded our expectations and goals,” said St Mary Divisions II girls head coach Mike Miller. “They fought hard and left it all on the court.”
St. Mary Menomonee Falls teams are made up of St Mary Parish School students as well as religious education students of St. Mary Parish and the Menomonee Falls Parish Cluster. Since the tournament began in 2006, St. Mary Warriors have taken home six Seton Championship wins, with banners for the Division I Girls in 2009, 2012 and 2014 and capturing the Boys title in 2015 in addition to the wins in 2017. Having earned two more Seton banners this year, the St. Mary Warriors currently have the most Seton Tournament Championship wins.
“We are so proud of all these young men and women. This is such an incredible accomplishment, said athletic director at St. Mary, Joel Moeller, This is such a great way for these eighth graders to cap off their final year of playing volleyball as St. Mary Warriors.”