Well, they’ve been making headlines all year, so it really should come as now surprise that the College of New Rochelle Blue Angels are at it again. This time, the Blue Angels took home top honors in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Clarkstown North grad Meghan King, who has racked up a ton of accolades on her own this year, was named the tournament’s MVP. The Blue Angels, led by former Ursuline coach Georgia Efthalitsides, feature five former LoHud high school players on their roster. Here is the press release from CNR athletics:
NEW ROCHELLE — The College of New Rochelle capped off a historic season by capturing the program’s third HVIAC Championship in the last five years, defeating top-seeded St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn, 3-1, Sunday at the Wellness Center. Junior co-captain Meghan King was named HVIAC Tournament MVP.
King’s MVP honors are the culmination of a year that saw her set numerous program records for a game, season, and career. She tallied two double-doubles for the tournament and led the Blue Angels in kills in each match.
The day began with a 3-0 win over #3 Culinary Institute. King posted a dominant effort, tallying a match-high 15 kills (on .371 hitting), adding 10 digs. Marissa Armstrong chipped in with seven kills and a team-high 11 digs. Indigo Flowers tallied a match-high 21 assists adding three aces and seven digs as the Blue Angels registered a positive hitting percentage in each of the three sets.
The win set up a rematch with St. Joseph’s, the only blemish on CNR’s conference record and a matchup the Blue Angels (pictured below) were ready for.
In the championship match, Armstrong slammed home a match-high tying 17 kills, 18 digs and a match-high six aces, while King put down 16 kills, 15 digs and four aces of her own. Flowers tallied a match-high 29 assists to go along with three aces, and Tiany Perez Diaz recorded 23 digs, six kills and two aces.
Leading 11-10 in the first set, CNR used a 7-2 run, with Armstrong recording three aces and a kills, to take an 18-12 lead on the way to a 25-17 win.
The Blue Angels raced out to a 6-1 lead to open the second set before the Lady Bears used an 8-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. St. Joe’s extended the lead to 13-9, but the Blue Angels rallied back to turn the match into a tight affair. Trailing, 23-21, CNR ran off four straight points, capped by a King ace, to take a 2-0 lead with a 25-23 win.
On the verge of elimination, the Lady Bears rallied to take the third set, 26-24. CNR fought off two set points to tie the score at 24-24 but did not complete the comeback to sweep the match.
In the fourth set, the teams traded 7-3 runs to even the score at 10-10. With the score 12-12, four straight points with Armstrong on service gave the Blue Angels a 16-12 lead. CNR did not relinquish the lead en route to a 25-19 win, with Perez Diaz ended the match with a kill.
Photo credit: College of New Rochelle athletics