Tonawanda News — It had been about 10 years since the Cardinal O’Hara girls’ volleyball team had a player named as the Monsignor Martin Association’s Most Valuable Player or beat Mount St. Mary, coach Brad Lorich said.
The Lady Hawks accomplished both last season and Lorich attributes it all to senior Kelsey McCarthy, who said she wants to win back-to-back MMA MVP awards for the O’Hara program.
“Last year when we played Mount St. Mary she had like 31 kills, 11 blocks and eight aces. Normally the really good girls will get 16, 17 or 18 kills — she had double that,” Lorich said. “In the five games she had two errors. It was amazing. She almost won the game by herself. She was the reason we beat a team we can never beat. I’ll never forget that performance.”
McCarthy has been improving from the moment she stepped onto a volleyball court at O’Hara as a freshman. Lorich said she was always big and powerful, she just needed to learn the technical parts of the game.
“She played a year of travel volleyball this year and started to take the sport real serious,” he said. “Now she is teaching out there on the court, which is huge for me to have that extra help. Hearing the same thing I’m saying from another player is big for a lot of the other players.”
The Lady Hawks lost three of their top contributors from last season in Sara DiPasquale, Kesley Kobza and Mary McDermitt, who is now an assistant coach.
McCarthy said it hasn’t been easy without those players. DiPasquale was her best friend and McDermitt was the leader on the court as the team’s setter.
But the Lady Hawks are managing, constantly looking to McCarthy, who has taken on a more significant leadership role.