Noble Street Volleyball Returns to a Familiar Place

Chicago, IL - Known throughout the Noble Athletic Conference as “The Original Campus”, Noble Street volleyball can also tout itself as the original champions.  Prior to the formation of the Noble Athletic Conference in 2009, the Golden Tigers had already established themselves as one of Chicago’s winningest volleyball programs.  When the NAC was formed, so too was the allure of Noble Street Volleyball.  In seven years of NAC competition, Noble Street has been in every championship match, capturing five titles along the way (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016).

Post-Game Ceremony Honoring Noble Street's 5th NAC Title

In 2014 and 2015, Noble Street fell to Bulls Prep – both title matches going to a third set.  2016 found the Bulls and Golden Tigers paired again, and once again it came down to set three.  Noble Street prevailed, returning to its familiar place atop the Noble Athletic Conference.

Head Coach, Stanley Antione, applauded the resolve shown by his young squad after losing the first set.  “We were faced with a choice, hold onto that disappointment or regroup and fight back.  Our team really stepped up.  We made some huge adjustments and really stepped up for the next set.”

Bulls Prep was undefeated in conference play going into the match.  For Antione, he knew his team couldn’t make mental or physical errors.  “Bulls Prep volleyball doesn’t make many mistakes, so we had to play error-free volleyball.”

Leadership also played a huge role.  Senior captain and 2016 NAC Player of the Year, Daniela Hernandez, led the ferocious comeback with a .508 hitting percentage in set two and three.  “She’s been a dominant force all season, but this match in particular, we decided to feed her the ball,” said Antione. 

Sophomore captain, Zoie Cardona, kept Bulls Prep off balance with her serve throughout, leading both sides with nine aces for the match.

For Noble Street volleyball, it came down to commitment, values, and the pride of being a student at Noble Street.  Said Antione, “The level of commitment our girls demonstrated was inspiring.  Our players created our values and standards, setting extremely high expectations for themselves.  Noble Street students and staff were behind us the whole way. Fans started streaming the third set on Facebook, so it felt like the entire school was with us the whole way.”

Noble Street now has five NAC titles, two IHSA Regional titles (2011, 2012), and finished with a 15-1 overall record.