The Volleyball team had a stellar season with numerous milestones and accomplishments achieved by the team. Under the guidance of Coach Andrew Jacobs, the Panthers amassed a 15-11 record for the season, with an 8-2 divisional record. Seniors Jordan Brenner, Ella Mansfield, Amelia Calveric, Colleen Dooley, and Lola Ricciardelli, all played a pivotal role in supporting the team throughout each match. Starting off the season on a 8-0 tear, the Panthers positioned themselves early on for a playoff berth. The team ended up capturing the Northwestern Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Independence Division title for the first time in Academy history. This accomplishment granted the team a place in the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NJSIAA) State Tournament with a No. 4 seed.
In the first round of the tournament, the team played Saddle River Day School, in which the Panthers claimed the victory behind individual, single season achievements of Clare Farrell '24 and Amanda Chambers '24. During the matchup, Clare earned her 300th kill of the season and Amanda garnered her 400th season assist, giving her over 800 career assists. The team subsequently earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament against Mother Seton.
During the Quarterfinals, the Panthers played valiantly in a 2-1 loss. During the game, Lola Riccardelli ‘23 amassed 15 digs, for a total of 178 digs on the season, breaking the Academy’s single season record. Additionally, Lola passed 300 career digs with a final total of 311, the highest recorded in Academy history. Colleen Dooley ‘23 also accrued her 100th kill of the season, thus ending her Panther career with 229 career kills, the second most in school history. Colleen Dooley ‘23 and Clare Farrell ‘24 are the first teammates to each score triple digit kills in the same season, another record-breaking milestone.
Alongside these achievements, the Volleyball team set all time records in wins, kills, digs, assists, and aces. With a season for the ages, the 2022-2023 Volleyball team has surely “spiked” their legacy in Academy athletics history.