(from BP Sports Niagara - Bernie Puchalski)
The Holy Cross Raiders' quest for a Niagara Catholic Athletic Association senior boys volleyball championship was sparked by a disappointing loss to the Saint Francis Phoenix in last year's semifinals.
"Last year was a really good team but unfortunately in the semis we lost," Raiders head coach Marc Ferretti said. "It was our crosstown rival, Saint Francis, and we have it out (with them) in soccer, basketball and volleyball, you name it."
"We had some mental lapses and they just got the better of us."
Second-year Grade 12 player Matt Ferron was still remembering that loss after helping the Raider win the NCAA title this Wednesday with a 3 - 0 sweep of the visiting Saint Paul Patriots.