Girls Volleyball: Recaps
Girls Volleyball: Comeback Win for Hamilton-Wenham
After dropping the first set to a scrappy Newburyport team, the Generals took three in a row in a highly competitive match, winning 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-23.
Junior Evelyn Easdon had 5 aces and 9 kills for the 10-5 Generals, with freshman Mia Flynn adding 8 kills and 26 digs. Junior setter Remi Manning had 16 assists and 3 kills of her own. Senior defensive specialist Vanessa Brown had 11 digs and served at 100% while senior libero Tori Belise had 28 digs.
Hamilton-Wenham hosts Ipswich on Monday.
Girls Volleyball: Lynnfield Wins Again
After losing to league leader Masconomet on September 26, Lynnfield has reeled off six straight victories including a 3-2 win over Merrimack Valley Conference foe North Andover. Those two games against the Scarlet Knights are the only two the Pioneers have dropped during the run.
On Friday Lynnfield defeated Georgetown at home, with set scores of 25-9, 25-11, and 25-17. Melissa Morelli had 13 kills, 10 assists, and 5 aces while Sophia Wilkinson contributed 17 assists, 3 kills, and 4 aces from the service line.
With six matches remaining, the 13-1 Pioneers have already qualified for the state tournament and surely have their eye on the rematch with Masconomet at home this coming Wednesday. The Chieftains are also 13-1, but their 11-0 league record currently has them atop the CAL standings.
Girls Volleyball: Ipswich Drops Opener
Despite a season opening 3-0 loss to powerhouse Lynnfield, Ipswich volleyball coach Kerri O'Connor says the team left the match "with optimism and positivity." Early nerves led to many passing errors for the Tigers, but O'Connor was happy to see the fight in her team as the sidelines kept the energy high and each player battled to the very end.
The coach praised the play of Lauren Kennedy who kept the court alive with her encouraging attitude and had many great service runs, as well as the powerful middle hits of Abby Stanicek. Haley O’Connor was all over the floor making multiple digs and saves while Louisa Roesler stepped up as a strong libero who had very accurate passes.
"We are confident that we will continue to gel as a team as the days progress," said O'Connor. The Tigers travel to Georgetown on Friday.
Girls Volleyball: Lynnfield Still Undefeated
Lynnfield pushed their record to 7-0 on Wednesday with a 3-set win on the road at Masconomet. Sam Lebruska had 9 kills and 12 digs for the Pioneers, while Maxine Boyle had 4 kills, 2 blocks, and a pair of assists.
Lynnfield plays a non-league match at North Andover on Friday, and will then head to Hamilton-Wenham on Monday to face the 7-0 Generals in a battle for the top spot in the league.
Girls Volleyball: Generals Cruise
Hamilton-Wenham has won seven straight matches to start the season, dropping just a single game along the way. On Wednesday evening the Generals defeated North Reading 3-0.
Leading the way was senior captain and middle hitter Cecily Szady, who served at 100% with 2 aces, and also contributed 3 blocks at the net. Fellow captain Lauren Flynn, an outside hitter, contributed with 13 kills and the 13 digs. Jaiden Hartley-Ward (setter) and Grace Lapain (libero) each had 9 digs, and senior Katie Hankin passed well.
The Generals next test will be a tough one, as they will host currently undefeated Lynnfield (7-0) on Monday afternoon. North Reading (4-3) plays at Medford on Friday.