April 25, 2017

Girls first volleyball season: a state crown

The CVU girls volleyball team brought home the state title in the sport’s first year. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo)

The CVU girls volleyball team brought home the state title in the sport’s first year. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo)

November 14th, 2013

It’s a first for Vermont and Champlain Valley Union High.

The Vermont Principals Association established volleyball as a two-year exhibition sport this fall and the Redhawks responded by winning the initial girls state tournament and finishing second in the boys event.

Coached by Dana Paulson, some 21 girls reported to tryouts when CVU’s doors opened in late August. Following the regular season, the Redhawks won four round-robin games to gain semifinals last weekend at Johnson State College and then nipped Burlington High in the semifinals before tripping Essex High for the first state title.

The CVU girls defeated Essex in two sets in the championship match after a grueling contest with Burlington High in the semifinal.

After beating the Seahorses in the first set, the Redhawks bowed 15-5 in the second set and then trailed 14-11 in the third and final test before rallying to a 16-14 triumph and the championship.

Paulson, who has coached varsity sports on and off since 1993, said “these girls are the kindest and hardest working bunch I have ever had the pleasure to coach.”

Coach Jeff Boliba’s boys team lost its first regular season game and then won eight straight to snag second seed for the tournament. The Redhawks went 12-0 in round-robin action to gain the top seed.

The ‘Hawks rapped Burlington High 2-0 in the semi but bowed to Essex in the best of three final. Essex won the first set. CVU then bounced back to win the second set, but the Hornets came from behind to take the finale 15-13.

“These boys had not played volleyball before, and in a matter of two months they all became solid players and runner-up state champions. I could not be more proud of this team,” said Boliba.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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