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Three Mount Mercy Academy Fall Athletes Attain All-Catholic Honors

Two seniors from the Mount Mercy Academy Soccer team and one sophomore from the volleyball team were recently named as All-Catholics.  Honored from the soccer squad were Mariah Rullan and Alesia Hamm and chosen from the volleyball team was Kate Ryan.  All three athletes are Buffalo residents.

                Rullan was voted a First Team All-Catholic from Division A.  She was also a First Team All-Catholic last season.  She finished the year with ten goals and eleven assists, for 31 points and a spot in the Top Ten in the league.  Her feat is more impressive since she played midfield.  “There have been numerous games in which referees and other coaches have approached me complimenting her skills. She is a very talented player and works hard which is a great combination. She has scored every way possible this year,” Coach Brittany Myers commented.  Rullan started all four years and finished her career with 28 goals and 25 assists. “Mariah is a strong technical player with quick footwork and great vision of the field. She had a very successful season this year,” Myers stated.

                Hamm was a Second Team All-Catholic selection this year.  Last year she was a First Team selection.  Hamm played defense for the Magic and was often assigned to stop the opposing team’s top forward.  “Alesia is very aggressive and isn’t afraid of winning those tough balls in the air. She has great stamina and runs hard up and down the field.” Myers said. This year Hamm had seven goals and three assists.  She finished her career with seventeen goals and twelve assists.  “Alesia is an overall solid player both offensively and defensively. She has an amazing shot and strong kick that has assisted us this season with corner kick goals, as well as on other goals,” Myers concluded.

                Ryan was selected as a Second Team All-Catholic.  She was the team’s top front row player, amassing 48 kills and six blocks.  She also had 23 aces and 34 digs.  “Kate has incredible hustle and will dive for any ball. The speed and power of her lefty swing make her an intimidating player.

Many coaches have approached me after matches and commented on how impressed they were with her abilities,” Coach Brittany Sanscrainte remarked.  This is Ryan’s second season on the varsity team. “With Kate just a sophomore, I am looking forward to the next two seasons and hope that Kate continues to grow, both on the court and as a leader. She is crucial to the building of our team,” Sanscrainte said.

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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