Boys’ Volleyball Season Finishes Strong!
2019 has been a remarkable year for CHA’s Upper School Boys’ Volleyball team. Led by a cohort of six strong seniors, the Lions fought their way to the playoffs and a regional win on May 20 against St. Viator, winning in 3 sets: 16-25, 25-22, 25-22. As the #19 seed in the IHSA tournament, this victory was the Lions’ most significant win of the season as well as our first regional win in program history. The following night, the Lions went up against the #3 seed, Maine South, a team some schools have called “Goliath”. Having won 11 of their last 12 matches, the Lions charged against their foe in what was to become a see-saw battle from start to finish. The Lions played well, but lost in straight sets 25-18, 25-17; and ultimately saw the end of their season that night. The Lions fought admirably and their entire season was marked by teamwork, sportsmanship and grit, with an unprecedented number of wins (20), sweeping the season series against Wheaton Academy, Lake Forest Academy, Northtown, and Rochelle Zell.
Congratulations to the team on a record-setting season! And many thanks to all Lions fans for the great support this season.
HONORING OUR SENIOR ATHLETES
On May 14, CHA “packed the house” in JV and varsity games against St. Edward’s with a Senior Night and acknowledged the senior athletes. They have led the team by example and made a tremendous impact in boys’ volleyball this year.
Nathaniel Karney. Nathaniel has been in the volleyball program for 2 years. He plans to study Business next fall at Indiana University.
Paul Gavrilovici. Paul has been in the volleyball program for 4 years. He wants to study pre-medicine next fall at the University of Illinois Chicago. Paul is also a member of the National Honor Society and was honored with the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement, as well as an ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Academics, Athletics and Christian Service.
Brandon Mihaila. Brandon has been in the volleyball program for 2 years. He plans to study to be an electrician and next fall will study at the electrical trade school in Chicago.
Gigi Narcisse. Gigi has been in the volleyball program for 4 years. He plans to study mechanical engineering next fall at Wheaton College.
Curtis Thomas. Curtis has been in the volleyball program for 4 years. He plans to study computer science next fall at Geneva College in Beaver Falls PA, where he has also signed to play Men’s Volleyball. He is an accomplished percussionist in the school orchestra and received the ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Leadership, Fine Arts, Athletics, and Christian Service.
James Tina. James has been in the volleyball program for 4 years. He will study Business and Finance next fall at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Congratulations, Class of 2019 athletes, and Congratulations, Lions, for a strong season!