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Varsity volleyball team fight to win Division II championships

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Sacred Hearts Academy’s varsity volleyball team defeated former two-time defending Division II volleyball champion, Le Jardin this weekend at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena.

This is the Academy’s second state title in school history since their first win in 2006.

There are no words to ever describe the feelings I felt when we won,” senior Makenzie Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis said. Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis has been a member of the varsity volleyball team for four years and played as the setter for two years.

The Lancers took down Le Jardin with a 19-25, 26-24, 25-13, and 25-17 win. Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis had four kills, 43 assists, and 13 digs awarding her the title of the Female Athlete of the Week and Most Outstanding Player by ScoringLive.

Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis tributes the win to the team’s drive for success and camaraderie.

“Our coach heavily stressed the word ‘team’ and how it is always ‘team over individual’; I feel that as the season progressed we became closer as a family.” Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis said.

The team wasn’t always successful, beginning the season at zero wins to three losses. 

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Seniors Mackenzie Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis (left) and Ryanne “Cookie” Burnett (right) celebrating their win against former two-time defending Division II Champions, Le Jardin.

There were moments where we questioned each other, but we just had to trust that the girl to our left and right would do their job, and in the end, we’d become successful,” Fa’amausili-Cacoulidis said.

Despite the setbacks, the team stayed steadfast in their pursuit for success.

“The girls came in knowing if they work hard this could be a special year,” Head Coach Raymond Patcho said. “I told them to stay the course, trust the system, stay disciplined, and we just got to keep working hard.”

Patcho came to the Academy as a first-year coach in 2017 after coaching the girls’ teams at Damien, Farrington and Anuenue. He immediately saw potential in the team.

“We couldn’t have done it without doing it together; without working together on and off the court; without sacrificing things for the team; without having the ability to remain comfortable while being in uncomfortable situations on the court,” Patcho said.”These girls came together as one, and as one we made an awesome run to become State Champs.”

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