Nansemond-Suffolk Academy girls’ volleyball beat three teams in two sets during the North Cross Invitational tournament last weekend, and Livi Bono took home the MVP award. Their wins came against Timberlake Christian, Virginia Episcopal and Hampton Roads Academy. All three wins put the Lady Saints at 11-2 on the season, and it looks as if they are not slowing down anytime soon.
“We played well overall,” Bono said. “We did our jobs and let the other team make mistakes.” To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
Typically, yanking a starting pitcher from the mound after a couple of innings signals trouble. At Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, it’s simply part of the plan. That’s because head Coach David Mitchell implemented a piggyback pitching system for 2016. Instead of expecting the starting pitcher to throw until he falters, Mitchell enters each game knowing he will replace the starter, and any pitchers who follow, once they reach a pre-set limit of innings or pitches.
The new system provides multiple benefits. “It keeps opposing hitters from seeing the same pitcher more than twice, which certainly benefits the pitcher,” Mitchell says. “But more importantly, it helps keep our pitchers’ arms healthy. At the high school level, guys often go out and throw seven innings every four, five, or six days. Then after three or four starts on that workload, he’ll have a sore shoulder or elbow. Since our pitchers throw less, they don’t experience as much of that.”
Livi Bono '17, who is a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team, has been nominated for the Duke Automotive—Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week. Please vote for Livi by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday by sending an email with the subject “Player of the Week” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lady Saints went 2-0 in conference play this week. Offensively they were led by Bono, who had 27 kills, nine digs and two aces for the week. Great job, Livi!
Lauren Meyers scored three goals Sept. 7, as Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s field hockey team shut out Southampton in the midst of a four-game win streak. Meyers’ performance earned her nomination as the Duke Automotive-Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week.
Coach Ashley Skinner is pleased for Meyers to have receive such an honor. Skinner is proud that the sophomore’s hard work on and off the field isn’t going unnoticed. “Although her actions speak louder on the field, Lauren is actually a good person off of it,” Skinner said. “Off the field, she does really well in school. She strives for excellence in all that she does. Her determination is also displayed in her field hockey play. She works very hard to improve her skills and plays with confidence.”
Congratulations, Lauren! To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy‘s boys won big over Portsmouth Christian School on Thursday, with a dominating 6-0 win on the soccer pitch in Portsmouth. After losing their previous two games, the Saints bounced back with the win. Five different players scored goals for the Saints, making the game the ultimate team effort.
“This win was a huge step forward,” senior Gustav Berner said. “All of our games are conference games, and it is vital that we win them. This win helps us gain momentum. Moving forward, we will work on finishing our opportunities at the net. It also shows that just because you are not starting the game you can still come off the bench and score goals.” To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.