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IN THE NEWS: Mount Tennis Had 'Super Close' Matches in 7-11 Season

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy tennis team had a competitive season despite its 7-11 record.

“This year, the team played really well, although our final record may not reflect that,” said Brianna Turano '10, who completed her fourth year as head coach.

“With teams like Caldwell, Montclair, West Orange, and Verona, although they resulted in losses, the matches were all super close. They battled it out for each point, and many matches went into third sets and even third sets with tiebreakers.”

Mount St. Dominic, which moved up to the Liberty Division of the Super Essex Conference this year, was the 11th seed in the Essex County Tournament.

The team lost to No. 6 Montclair, 3-2, in the first round.

In the consolation tournament, it defeated No. 14 Cedar Grove, 5-0, in the quarterfinal round and lost to No. 10 Columbia, 3-2, in the semifinals.

State Tourney

In the state tournament, the Lions were the fifth seed in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A Tournament.

After a first-round bye, they lost, 5-0, to No. 4 seed Dwight-Englewood.

The Lions had a memorable victory in their season opener against Glen Ridge.

“Our match against Glen Ridge was a big win for us,” Turano said. “It came down to our No. 3 singles winning in a third-set tiebreaker with the score of 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).”

The team also had regular-season victories over Nutley, Bloomfield, Belleville, Cedar Grove, and Governor Livingston.

Turano said every player on the team performed well this season.

“Each player this year worked hard and battled it out every match,” she said. “My No. 3 singles Cat Morales '20 and No. 1 doubles team Melanie Touchard '20 and Tori Schmey '23 really performed well this season. They stepped up and fought hard. My first doubles team are what I like to call comeback kids because they often would start off slow and then after a pep talk would step back and make a comeback.”

Schmey was a first-year varsity player.

“Tori Schmey is my only freshman who played all varsity matches this year with the rest of the team being seniors,” Turano said. “She stepped into her position well and has the ability to continue to improve and gain a higher position on the team.”

The graduating seniors are a special group to Turano.

“I will be losing all but one player next year,” she said. “Most of the seniors began tennis the first year I was coach, so that is pretty special since they are my first group of freshmen.”

Schmey will be the only returning player next season.

“Next year will be a building year,” Turano said. “We have some nice players on JV and hopefully will get some newcomers for next year as well. It’s going to be tough, but it will be fun. I look forward to training and working with next year’s team and seeing how they adapt going from JV to varsity.”

MSDA Sisters Make "The Top 26 Girls Volleyball Siblings in NJ - Picks and Votes"
Posted Oct 31, 2019
By Brian Bobal | NJ Advance Media for

We asked for your submissions and you didn’t disappoint! NJ Advance Media has collected all of the entries, spoken to the coaches and have read their own notes from what we’ve seen on the court to compile this list below.

In the last of a five-part series, NJ Advance Media highlights some of the best talent you’ll find on the volleyball court and will ask you, the fans, to vote for which players you think are best.

Scroll and cast your vote for the sibling group you think is having the best season. Click here to view the article and submit your vote.

This poll will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

MSDA Volleyball

Katie Lonergan (Jr.), Bridget Lonergan (Fr.) - Mount St. Dominic

2019 stats

Katie: 117 kills, 26 aces, 81 digs

Bridget: 90 kills, 41 blocks

IN THE NEWS: Mount's Volleyball Team Seeded 17th in State Tournament
Published in The Progress
October 29, 2019

CALDWELL - The Mount St. Dominic Academy volleyball team has improved as the season has progressed.

The Lions (7-17) concluded the regular season with matches against Morris Catholic on Monday, Oct. 28 and Tenafly on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

They are seeded 17th in the NJSIAA Non-Public Tournament and are set to take on 16th-seeded Newark Academy on Monday, Nov. 4 in the first round. Last season, Mount St. Dominic advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

“The team has been making great improvements and progress,” said first-year head coach Claire Scully. “We started to get some wins under our belt and have been playing at a higher level of volleyball.”

One of the biggest highlights of the season was a 2-1 victory over Verona on Sept. 23. “The Mount has (not won against them) in over four years,” she said.

The team has been led by juniors Bianca Coltenback and Katie Lonergan.

“Both of our juniors have really stepped up,” Scully said. “Bianca Coltenback has changed position and has become a middle hitter. She is a consistent blocking threat and has been able to hold her own in the back row when she serves. Katie Lonergan has the second-highest hitting percentage on the team and has stepped up as an offensive threat. Her last three weeks have been absolutely phenomenal.”

Sophomore Juliet Howell and freshman Bridget Lonergan also have stood out.

“Two of our younger players have made great improvements during this season,” the coach said. “Juliet Howell, who is one of our most athletic players, has earned more playing time and has come into her own. Bridget Lonergan has been looking to diversify her offensive options and has become our most terminal hitter. Bridget is our breakout player who will be a major threat in the county in the years to come."

Senior captain and outside hitter Tess Lucanie reached a milestone as she surpassed 1,000 digs in her high school career this season.

“This is a major milestone, especially for someone who has moved from libero to outside hitter,” Scully said.

The Mount was seeded ninth in the Essex County Tournament and defeated 24th-seeded Arts, 2-0, on Thursday, Oct. 17 in the third preliminary round. The Lions lost to eighth-seeded Montclair, 2-0, in the first round of the tournament Saturday, Oct. 19.

The Lions were seeded 10th in the Prep Tournament and advanced to the quarterfinal round by upsetting seventh-seeded Wardlaw-Hartridge, 2-0, on Oct. 4 in the first round. They later lost, 2-0, to second-seeded Lawrenceville, which eventually reached the championship game, in the quarterfinal round Oct. 11.

The Mount also defeated Cedar Grove, 2-1, on Sept. 23; Montclair Kimberley Academy, 2-1, on Sept. 24; Clifton, 2-0, on Sept. 30; and Whippany Park, 2-0, on Friday, Oct. 25.

IN THE NEWS: Mount Seeded Fourth in Girls Soccer State Tourney
By NANCY D'UVA Contributing Writer The Progress

The NJSIAA girls soccer state tournament is under way, and area teams already have seen action.

Mount St. Dominic Academy (10-5-1) is seeded fourth in the Non-Public A tournament. It will take on fifth-seeded Oak Knoll on Thursday, Oct. 31 in the quarterfinals.

“We are happy with the fourth seed,” said the Mount's head coach, Angelo Del Vecchio. “There are a lot of strong teams in the Non-Public A group and being the fourth seed is a nice accomplishment. This position gets us a bye in the first round and a home game in the second round, which are good advantages.”

Del Vecchio expects a tough game against Oak Knoll.

“Oak Knoll is a good soccer team. They are the defending Non-Public A sectional champs,” he said. “They will be a tough opponent and not easy to beat. We faced similar challenges this season, and we look forward to doing it again.”

The Lions need to play the way they have all season in order to advance in the tournament, he said. “We need to continue to play good defense like we have been all season. We must also put the ball in our opponents’ net. We have to take advantage of any opportunities to score goals.”

In the regular season, the Lions defeated Columbia, 3-1, on Monday, Oct. 21 and lost to West Essex, 1-0, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.