The 2009 Varsity Girls Volleyball Team

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The 2009 Varsity Girls Volleyball Team made MMI history when they became the first, and to this day still only, Prepper girls’ team to win a District 2 Single A Championship. The only small school Single A team in the Wyoming Valley Conference, MMI beat much larger AAAA, AAA, and AA schools such as Wyoming Valley West and Hazleton Area High School to earn an overall 12-8 overall record. As a result of their conference play and competitiveness, the squad qualified for the District 2 A play-offs for the first time since the program’s inception in 2004. 

The #4-seeded Preppers beat #1 Mountain View by a 3-1 score in the District Semi-Finals and then defeated #2 Lackawanna Trail in an epic five-game battle in the Championship. At the time, they were only the second team in MMI history to win a District title. The only previous team to win a District title was the 1973 boys basketball team who went on to win the Pennsylvania State Championship, 36 years earlier.

MMI season records were set by Diana Anthony ‘10 (936 digs, 123 aces), Brone Lobichusky ‘10 (282 blocks, 872 kills, 358 service points) and Alaina Titus ‘10 (669 assists). Head Coach Bruce Young was named the 2009 Wyoming Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

According to Coach Young “Having coached both boys and girls volleyball for many years, I think this was the most well-rounded and close-knit team I have ever coached. We also had tremendous backing from MMI’s student body and our parents as they followed us throughout the season. Having a large and loud cheering section is a definite motivator for any team, and we certainly had that this season!”

Members of the team included: Diana Anthony ‘10, Ashmeen Bains ‘13, Courtney Bogansky ’11, Dana Chippi ‘11, Maurina DiSabella ‘13, Kelly Duffy, Caitlin Ferry ‘10, Katlyn Frey ‘13, Sarah Gittleman ‘11, Cathy Hood ‘11, Kayla Karchner ‘13, Alyson Klush ‘10, Brone Lobichusky ‘10, Amanda Miller ‘11, Derya Sari ‘13, Alaina Titus ‘10, Alyssa Triano ‘12, Shannon Wenner ’10, and Kirsten Young ‘13. The assistant coach of the team was Dr. Gregg Bluth.

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