Villa Maria’s first-ever Homecoming, held October 8, reunited members from state champion volleyball and field hockey teams. Alumnae friends from across the decades also came together to tour campus, catch up, share stories, and show their kids “where Mom went to school.” The VMA volleyball, soccer, and field hockey teams also played games during the day, with all three notching wins.
The day began in the gym with an opening ceremony honoring the state championship volleyball teams from 1996 and 2002. Members form the teams ran onto the court and high-fived current volleyball players, and clearly enjoyed reuniting and remembering their accomplishments. The 2016 team then went on to defeat Academy of Notre Dame.
The soccer team played Marple Newtown on the turf at noon, celebrating the day with a 3-0 victory.
Next, members of the championship field hockey teams from 1993, 1994 and 2014 and their coach Maurene Polley ran onto the Maurene Polley Field to be recognized before the field hockey game against Gwynedd Mercy. At halftime, the school recognized several of the honorees inducted into the inaugural class of Villa Maria’s Hall of Fame: former athletic director and coach Doris “Mrs. D” D’Innocenzo, former athletic director and coach Maurene Polley ’64, collegiate basketball coach Rene Muth Portland ’71, track and field athlete Angie Brown ’94, and accomplished businesswoman and Alumnae Association board member Mary Jane Raymond ’78.
While the games were being played, other members of the Villa community enjoyed food and friendship on the convent lawn. Children enjoyed face painting and the giant slide. Members of the Class of 1997, as winners of the March Madness giving campaign, were treated to a private tent with food and drink.
The day ended with Mass in the Marian Center at 4:30, followed by a beef ‘n’ beer dinner in the gym. Despite some afternoon rain, Villa’s first homecoming was a big success, thanks in no small part to the many volunteers who helped at all of the events. Save the date for next year!