Sports Overview

Volleyball Season Ends in Semifinal Loss to Perry

The Brophy volleyball team lost in the AIA 6A Conference semifinals to No. 2 seed Perry in three sets 3-0 by the scores of 25-21, 25-16, and 25-15. The Broncos finish the season with a 37-9 record after making their third consecutive semifinal appearance. 

“I am proud of them and how they lifted each other up,” said Head Coach Tony Oldani. “We had guys all season without experience who stepped up. We have never had a season like this with injuries and missed matches.”

Junior Connor Oldani and senior Teddy Churchill led the team with six kills, while Churchill had a team-best 11 digs. 

Brophy (37-9) led by seven in the first set 11-4 with a strong start on the road against a team they had faced three times this season. But the Pumas rallied to tie the set at 12 and the score remained tight with six ties overall. After Brophy forced a tie at 19, Perry then won six of the next eight points to close the first set 25-21.

“We knew we were going to need to be almost perfect to keep them off balance,” said Oldani. “We had a momentary lapse in what we were trying to do and they are the type of team if you give them something they will take it away. They are unbelievable defensively.”

The second set was also tight to start with seven ties, including the final tie at 16, but Perry ran off nine straight to close the set for a 2-0 advantage in the match. They closed out the match in the third with a 25-15 win.

It was the final match for the seven seniors including Dylan Boyle, Teddy Churchill, Ari Joslin,  Adam Matchinsky, Bobby Munhall, Patrick Oldani, and Ricky Snyder.

“It is bittersweet for the seniors and knowing it was the last time I get to coach Patrick in a Brophy jersey,” said Oldani. “We knew it was coming either today or Saturday. Now we start rebuilding for next year.”

Perry advances to play No. 1 seed Highland on Saturday for the state title.