Roselle Catholic girls’ volleyball repeats as UCT champions; Lions best top-seeded Westfield in 3 games

First win of season in 3 tries over last year's UCT finalist sparked by stellar play of Ciandella, Scheuermann, Sheehan

After falling to Westfield twice in girls’ volleyball regular season play, defending county champion Roselle Catholic received an opportunity to play the Blue Devils one more time.

That was in last Friday night’s Union County Tournament championship match at KeanUniversity’s Harwood Arena in Union.

Seeking to prove that last year’s  title was no fluke, the Lions – once again – managed a three-game victory over the Blue Devils en route to their second crown overall.

Second-seeded Roselle Catholic won the first game 27-25, dropped the second 25-15 and then captured the third 25-23 to prevent top-seeded Westfield from winning its first title since 2006.

“The third game came down to concentration and communication,” said Roselle Catholic second-year head coach Jason Davila. “I think losing the second game made it real that Westfield could be the better team.

“If they (the RC Lions) don’t get on the court and play their best as a team, then they will lose whether they win or not. They wanted to be the best and were willing to put everything aside and work for it.

“That is what made the difference.”

Standout senior setter Jessica Ciandella – who will continue playing at StocktonState – had four kills and eight digs and paced the Lions with 24 assists, 14 service points and two aces.

Senior outside hitter Calli Scheuermann paced the team in kills with 15 and also contributed 12 digs, two assists, three service points and one ace.

Senior Sue Riley had four kills, 17 digs, one assist and three service points, while senior Melissa Sheehan had a team-leading 32 digs and four service points.

“The girls all did their part to help the team earn the win,” Davila said. “Melissa Sheehan played better than she has played all season. She really moved well and kept the mistakes to a minimum.

“Calli Scheuermann and Jessica Ciandella really connected for this match like they did in the beginning of the season, which resulted in the points we really needed.”

In the third and deciding game against Westfield, Roselle Catholic scored the last two points to snap a 23-23 deadlock. The 24th point was a kill and the 25th off the net.

Roselle Catholic improved to 23-6 and on Wednesday at 4 p.m. is scheduled to host Wardlaw-Hartridge in the Non-Public playoffs. The Lions are the third seed.

Last year, Roselle Catholic defeated WH in the states in two games.

If RC wins Wednesday, then the Lions will be hosting Oak Knoll or St. Joseph’s, Hammonton in the next round on Friday.

Defending champion Immaculate Heart Academy of Bergen County’s WashingtonTownship is the favorite to win it again. IHA began the week No. 1 in the state and undefeated.

Westfield fell to 17-2 and lost to a UnionCounty team for the first time. Winners of the Union County Conference title, Westfield’s only previous loss was to SomersetCounty school Watchung Hills.

“Two good teams went into the finals,” Davila said.  “Even though they (Westfield) beat us twice during the season, we didn’t see ourselves as underdogs.

“We just wanted to play hard and be the first team in our school’s volleyball history to not only win one, but two county championships.”







Jessica Ciandella, senior

Calli Scheuermann, senior

Ally Mroczek, senior

Amanda Johns, sophomore

Ridimerb Diaz, junior

Sue Riley, senior

Myia Williams, senior

Amanda Coccia, junior

Melissa Sheehan, senior

Keyarah Newton, senior

Dawn Gergich, junior

Jodi Daniel, senior





SINCE 2000:


2013 – Roselle Catholic def. Westfield – at Kean

27-25, 15-25, 25-23 in final.


2012 – Roselle Catholic def. Westfield – at Kean

19-25, 25-22, 25-14 in final.


2011 – Union Catholic def. Summit – at Kean

25-17, 25-20 in final.


2010 – Union Catholic def. Cranford – at Kean

26-28, 25-22, 25-16 in final.


2009 – Union Catholic def. Cranford – at Union Catholic

25-18, 25-21 in final.


2008 – Union Catholic def. Cranford – at Union Catholic

26-24,17-25, 25-22 in final.


2007 – Cranford def. Westfield – at Westfield

25-18, 25-22 in final.


2006 – Westfield def. Union Catholic – at Westfield

25-19, 25-21 in final.


2005 – Union Catholic def. Rahway

25-22, 25-22 in the final.


2004 – Rahway def. New Providence

25-21, 25-11 in the final.


2003 – Elizabeth def. Union Catholic

25-21, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20 in the final.


2002 – Union Catholic


2001 – Union Catholic


2000 – Union Catholic