Ben Franklin volleyball coach Jodee Pulizzano reaches 900th victory milestone

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Jodee Pulizzano

Area Prep Volleyball Report for Tuesday, Oct. 6

Three years after reaching the magical 800th victory of her career in 2017, Ben Franklin coach Jodee Pulizzano has now achieved an ever bigger milestone.

Monday afternoon on the West Bank, Ben Franklin defeated Helen Cox 25-18, 25-10, 25-17 for the 900th victory in Pulizzano’s illustrious 29-year career. Pulizzano has been at Ben Franklin for 30 years but missed the 2005 season due to Hurricane Katrina.

All 900 victories for Pulizzano have come at Ben Franklin, where she guided the Falcons to state championships six times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003). Under Pulizzano, the Falcons also were state runner-up in 1997 and 2004.

Emma Fisackerly and Zoe Bell each served three aces for Ben Franklin while Madeleine Meeker led the way with 12 kills while Grace Delpit contributed 10 kills. Audrey Mann had 12 digs and Annabel Allen added 12 digs.

“It’s great, even better this year since you have no other distractions just being with the kids with the pandemic,” Pulizzano said. “They have to believe in what you are selling them, to be passionate about what they are doing. To achieve 900 wins, all at a public school, six feet apart, in pods, it means a lot. It means a lot to even be at 14 wins. It’s very hard, especially in the beginning to play nearly two hour matches. It’s special. It’s special to do it with these kids. They didn’t even know they would have a season. They worked their butts off every day. I am very grateful.”

Ben Franklin reached the Division II state championship match

“This team has grit, they like each other, they have that special quality of being a winner,” Pulizzano said. “Some don’t know what that means. We sense it. It is an intangible. You can’t teach grit, passion or hustle. We need to put it all together and get better every match we play and we are doing so. We are together. Our goal is always to win state. Last year, we got mighty close and this group wants to get back to the title match.”

Is reaching 1,000 victories a tangible goal?

“Yes. I love coming to work every day,” Pulizzano said. “I’ll take it one season at a time. I love my job. It is reachable. When I started, I couldn’t tell you I would get 100 wins. It means so much at Ben Franklin. The parents are so involved. They let their kids be independent learners. If I get to that point, it will be because of the young ladies here and the school.”

Ben Franklin (14-3) travels to Carver for a District 7-!! contest Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. while Helen Cox (9-2), which won its first nine matches of the season before dropping its last two, will play at Belle Chasse Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Area Prep Volleyball Results from Monday, Oct. 5

Academy of Our Lady over De La Salle, 25-9, 25-9, 25-17

Fontainebleau over Country Day 35-23, 25-10, 15-25, 25-15

Ben Franklin over Helen Cox 25-18, 25-10, 25-17

Lakeshore over Pearl River 25-19, 25-12, 25-21

Morris Jeff Community over McMain 25-9, 25-16, 25-27, 25-19

Springfield over Franklinton, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9

Area Prep Volleyball Schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 6

Academy at Karr, 4:30 p.m.

Bogalusa at Pope John Paul II, 5:30 p.m.

Cabrini at Belle Chasse, 5:30 p.m.

Carver at West Jefferson, 4:30 p.m.

Catholic (PC) at Lutcher, 6 p.m.

Christ Episcopal at Varnado, 5:30 p.m.

Covington at Mandeville, 4:30 p.m.

Helen Cox at Belle Chasse, 5:30 p.m.

Dominican at Destrehan, 4:30 p.m.

Donaldsonville at St. James, 4:30 p.m.

Douglass at Lusher Charter, 4:30 p.m.

First Baptist Christian at Northlake Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Hammond at Ponchtatoula, 5 p.m.

Haynes Academy at J.F. Kennedy, 4 p.m.

Higgins at Bonnabel, 4:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson at St. Charles Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

Kenner Discovery at Livingston Collegiate, 4:30 p.m.

M.L.King Charter at McDonogh 35, 4:30 p.m.

Lakeshore at Franklinton, 5:30 p.m.

Landry at John Ehret, 4:30 p.m.

Lutheran at West St. John, 5 p.m.

Madison Prep at East St. John, 4:30 p.m.

McGehee at Country Day, 5:30 p.m.

Mount Carmel Academy at Hahnville, 5:30 p.m.

Newman at Academy of the Sacred Heart (NO), 5:30 p.m.

Northshore at Slidell, 5:30 p.m.

Sarah Reed at Morris Jeff Community, 5:30 p.m.

Riverside Academy at Crescent City Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Salmen at St. Scholastica, 4:30 p.m.

South Plaquemines at St. Mary’s Academy, 5 p.m.

Springfield at Independence, 4:30 p.m.

St. Martin’s Episcopal at Ecole Classique, 4:30 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas at Pine, 4:30 p.m.

Patrick Taylor at John Curtis Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Ursuline Academy at B.T. Washington (NO), 4:30 p.m.

E.D. White Catholic at Archbishop Chapelle, 6 p.m.

Carver at N.O. Science & Math, 4:30 p.m.

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