Tommie Sports - Volleyball

Volleyball action photo gallery -- Nov. matches

November 12, 2012

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Senior Kia Johnson played her best career match in the clutch. (Greg Smith photo)

The No. 8-ranked Tommie volleyball topped No. 24-ranked St. Ben's on Saturday, completing a 3-0 season sweep, and in the process claimed the regional tourney championship for the third year in a row. St. Thomas won 23-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-22.

Coach Thanh Pham's Tommies advance to the eight-team Division III national tournament Nov. 15-17 in Holland, Mich. The Tommies are 9-0 in regional play over the last three seasons.

"I super proud of our team," said UST's Pham, the MIAC and Regional Coach of the Year for 2012. "To beat a really tough team like St. Ben's three times in one season is not easy. Hopefully our tournament experience will benefit us. If we play like we know we can, we should be in every match."

Tommie sophomore middle blocker Kelly Foley had six blocks, 15 kills and hit .343, and was chosen the regional tournament Most Outstanding Player. Foley was National Freshman of the Year in 2011 and conference Player of the Year in 2012.

Soph Jill Greenfield added nine kills, four aces, five blocks and 24 digs to help UST close out the tough Blazers.

St. Thomas has won 32 consecutive matches on the season and 28 in a row on its home court after losing the inaugural match there in September 2010. Its 37 wins is one off the conference record for one season. The Tommies won five postseason matches over the first 10 days of November, four with notable comebacks. UST improved to 13-4 in the postseason over the last three seasons.

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Greg Smith took these action photos at posseason matches this month.

For more Greg Smith action photos, click here:

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Katie Maher (7) (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Kaiti Wachter (1) (Greg Smith photo)

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Jill Greenfield (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Sarah Kosbab (Greg Smith photo)

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Kelly Foley (Grg Smith photo)

 

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Jill Greenfield (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Paige Brimeyer (10) (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Paige Brimeyer (Greg Smith photo)

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McKenna Reagan (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Kelly Foley (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Mackenzie Piechowski (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Jill Greenfield, Mackenzie Piechowski (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Katie Maher (Greg Smith photo) 

 

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Sara Atkinson (Greg Smith photo)

 

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Sarah Kosbab (Greg Smith photo)

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