CVU girls volleyball team reigns for second year

The CVU state champion girls volleyball team poses with their trophy: Front row L-R: Brigitte Durieux, Katja Walter, Lisa Schold, Hadley Erdman, and Gabby Booth. Middle row L-R: Lauren Johnson, Cassandra Stearns, Jessie Johnson, Chiara Antonolli, Anna Johnson, and Olivia Brissette. Back row L-R: Coach Gino Johnson, Tori Bergstein, Shannon Loiseau, Alexis Meyer, Emilie Bernier, Aliza Anderson, Elise Osbahr, Meghan Eustace, Zoe Louchheim, and Hadley Menk.
The CVU state champion girls volleyball team poses with their trophy: Front row L-R: Brigitte Durieux, Katja Walter, Lisa Schold, Hadley Erdman, and Gabby Booth. Middle row L-R: Lauren Johnson, Cassandra Stearns, Jessie Johnson, Chiara Antonolli, Anna Johnson, and Olivia Brissette. Back row L-R: Coach Gino Johnson, Tori Bergstein, Shannon Loiseau, Alexis Meyer, Emilie Bernier, Aliza Anderson, Elise Osbahr, Meghan Eustace, Zoe Louchheim, and Hadley Menk.

The Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School girls’ volleyball team won a second consecutive state championship bid and completed a perfect 13-0 season last Saturday. The team began the day with a thrilling win over Essex High School in front of packed Carter Gymnasium at Johnson State College in a crazy five-set semifinal match that lasted more than two hours. Following their semifinal win the girls bested Vermont Commons School 3-0 in the finale to defend their state championship and bring home the gold on Nov. 8.

After the win CVU head girls head volleyball coach Gino Johnson reminisced about the team’s humble beginnings, “Coming into this 2014 season we needed to rebuild the team as we lost four senior starters from last year’s state championship team. To add to that scenario, volleyball is a new high school sport in Vermont and so we are actively working to build awareness. Back in August, I didn’t know whether I would have five girls show up the first day of tryouts or 35.”

“I was very fortunate to have a great group of athletic girls come together as a team this year,” coach Johnson explained. “They showed up every day after school ready to work and learn a new sport. Senior Lisa Schold and sophomore Lauren Johnson were named to the Vermont Youth Volleyball Association All-League team. Plus, I had excellent coaching help from Paul ‘Morgy’ Morgan and Chris Meyer.”

“It was very satisfying for me to see the level of play that our team demonstrated during the state championship matches last weekend,” coach Johnson boasted. “I was proud of how far the team had come in three short months.”

Volleyball enthusiasts can watch the match on the NHFS Network at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/vpa/bcd0074abc#.