The 2016 Hockomock League Volleyball All Stars

Below are the official 2016 Hockomock League Volleyball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Sydney Phillips, King Philip

Hockomock League All Stars

Lexi Pereira, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Emma Murphy, Canton
Erin Skidmore, Franklin
Madison Kuzio, Franklin
Sydney Phillips, King Philip
Amanda Loewen, King Philip
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Ally Zagami, Milford
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Amelia Murphy, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Jessica Allan, Sharon
Valerie Whalen, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Elizabeth Howe, Attleboro
Casey Shea, Canton
Danielle Conlon, Foxboro
Meaghan Maguire, Franklin
Angela Vellante, King Philip
Chloe Peters, Mansfield
Allie Collins, Milford
Lindsay Howlett, North Attleboro
Kayla Raymond, Oliver Ames
Faythe Gomolka, Sharon
Riley Bagley, Stoughton
Kayli Fagan, Taunton

Canton Sweeps Milford To Return To D2 Central Final

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Canton’s Casey Shea (31) attacks the ball in the first set against Milford. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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CANTON, Mass. – During the second set of the D2 Central Semifinal between Hockomock rivals Canton and Milford, Bulldogs head coach Pat Cawley had to call a timeout with her side trailing.

The Bulldogs had been in this situation before. In fact, it was just a couple weeks ago when Canton hosted the Scarlet Hawks for their second regular season meeting. In that much, just like Wednesday’s showdown, Canton won the opening set in relatively convincing fashion.

During the October 20th showdown, the Scarlet Hawks rallied to win the second set.

On Wednesday night, after Cawley’s timeout, Canton erased a six point deficit with a 14-2 run and went on to win the second set, and then the third in impressive fashion to score a 3-0 win. With the win, Canton advances to the D2 Central Final for the second straight season.

“We came out strong in that first set, we were really on fire, working together and I think we threw [Milford] off their game a little bit,” Cawley said. “I reminded the girls about a couple weeks ago. Volleyball is like that – teams come out flat and can pick it up. Volleyball is never over until the end. I reminded them but we were still flat to start the second. I called the timeout to calm them down – it’s such a mental game. I told them to work one point at a time and to their credit, that’s what they did and then we went ahead.”

While Milford held a 12-6 lead, one of Casey Shea’s team-high nine kills sparked Canton’s run. An ace from Erika Lum tied the set at 12-12 and an ace from Julia Panico gave Canton its first lead of the set since the opening point at 14-13. Canton stretched its second set lead to 20-13 before Milford chipped away. The Scarlet Hawks won three straight points with the set on the line but a service error gave Canton a 25-20 win.

Canton started the match with a pair of kills, setting the tone for the rest of the way while also getting Canton’s crowd – “the best crowd we ever had in Cawley’s 16 years – into the match early on.

An ace from Maria Mackie forced Linda Zacchilli to call timeout with her squad down 10-4. Canton stretched the lead to double digits behind a pair of Milford errors but the Scarlet Hawks made a run at the end of the set to make it close. An ace from Ally Zagami brought Milford back within five (19-14) but Canton closed with a 6-2 run, punctuated by a block kill from Shea and outside hitter Hannah Jerrier.

Shea and fellow middle Emma Murphy (eight kills, three blocks, no errors) were the key pieces in Canton’s offense. Setter Nicole Poole (17 assists, 13 digs, two kills) spread the offense around nicely but the Scarlet Hawks struggled to stop Shea and Murphy in the middle.

“Our game plan this year is middles – they are our stronger players. Our outsides have come on stronger during the second half of the season too,” Cawley said. “There’s only one attacking player on this team that played significant last year at all, Emma Murphy in the middle. Casey Shea played on the weak side last year so we moved her to the middle.

“Everybody else is new so it’s been a learning process. In 20 matches, I’ve probably had 15 different lineups. It’s the epitome of team, we don’t really have any star players besides Nicole – she’s been our backbone, she’s awesome – everybody else contributes in whatever way they can.”

With the momentum of its side after winning the first two sets, Canton raced out to a quick 6-0 lead in the third set. A kill from Murphy and a kill from Shea sandwiched around a handful of Milford errors put the Bulldogs up 16-4.

At one point during the set, Canton had three straight attacks blocked, but each time had a player there to cover. It was that one play that showed how well Canton handled the match defensively.

“You’re going to win volleyball games by doing the small things, whether it’s covering the attack, picking up tips, chasing down balls – those are the things that win games,” Cawley said. “You can pound as much as you want but that can’t win a match on its own — it’s all the small things.”

Canton finished the final set with a 25-9 win, the majority of the Bulldogs’ early points come off errors from the Scarlet Hawks.

“It wasn’t our day, we really didn’t bring our ‘A’ game,” Zacchilli said. “And we have been playing very, very well lately – even in practice. We’ve been really sharp, the kids have been focused. I had said to my coaches I was surprised we hadn’t seen the deer in the headlights look in the first two playoff games because none of the kids have tournament experience. I saw that look tonight. There were some nerves out there and when you get to this point, everyone is good. They’re going to score their points, they’re going to get the ball to the floor but when we have our opportunity, we can’t hit it into the net, we can’t make unforced errors.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Canton, they played very well. But we made a lot of unforced errors on easy balls and hit a lot of balls into the net on good sets, which we haven’t been doing.”

In her first year back at the helm, Zacchilli was pleased with the first year – taking a team that missed the postseason a year ago to the D2 Central Semifinals.

“I’m very pleased with the season as a whole,” Zacchilli said. “The kids were great, the senior leadership has been amazing. I’m really glad I kept all of the seniors. Even the seniors that are more practice players, they helped to make this team. We had 10 kids in the rotation too and I normally don’t have that many but we had a lot of kids that deserved to be out on the floor. I don’t think there’s one player on the team that hasn’t made progress from day one until now and that’s what it’s all about.”

Zagami led Milford with six kills and six aces, Allie Collins had eight assists and Kelley Reichert had five kills and 18 digs.

Canton volleyball will take on top-seeded Hopkinton (19-2) on Saturday, at 4:00 at Wellesley High School in the D2 Central Final.

Scarlet Hawks Finish Off Franklin In Fourth Set

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Milford’s Brianna Croteau and Juliana Tracy go up for a block against Franklin’s Erin Skidmore. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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MILFORD, Mass. – Even though it’s just the second week of the season, Milford found themselves in a familiar position. But this time, they proved they had learned their lesson.

The Scarlet Hawks won the first two sets of the match for the third straight game, but unlike their loss to King Philip last week, Milford was able to finish off Franklin to get a 3-1 win.

Milford took a thrilling first set, 29-27, and followed with an impressive 25-15 win in the second set. Franklin rallied to win the third set, 25-21, giving the visitors a bit of momentum.

“We started off a little slow but then we got on track,” Milford head coach Linda Zacchilli said. “I thought we played pretty decent games one and two but momentum can shift. We just didn’t play in that third game and the momentum was with them. Once you let a team take the third game, they believe they can win and it’s harder to win it yourself. I tried to reinforce that.”

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Last week, KP won the third set in similar fashion (25-17) and used that momentum to go on and win the fourth and final set to get the win.

Zacchilli and Milford weren’t going to let that happen again, the lesson had been learned.

“But to be able to put it all together in game four was good,” Zacchilli said. “We’re a work in progress till, we have a long way to go. but as long as keep making improvements, we’ll be OK. Once we settled into this game, we started passing the ball and we looked good.”

Franklin battled back from a 24-20 deficit in the first set to force a seesaw affair but Lauren Zouranjian’s ace finally gave the Scarlet Hawks the win 29-27.

It was all Milford in the second set, racing out to a 8-2 lead following an ace from Jane Schuler, and kills from Stefani Chiarelli and Kelley Reichert. The Scarlet Hawks built a double-digit lead at 20-10 off an ace from Ally Zagami and went up 24-10 when Zagami registered two more aces. Franklin rallied for five straight points but Milford took the set 25-15.

The Panthers raced out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth game, a cushion that they kept the rest of the way. Franklin went up 24-16 before Milford rallied for five straight points to try and get back in it, but sophomore Maggie Doyle earned the set point with a kill for the Panthers.

Milford took care of business in the fourth set, slowly building a four point lead (9-5). The Scarlet Hawks really put things out of reach for Franklin with a 17-5 run, highlighted by kills from Kate Lobisser, Chiarelli and the final one from Reichert to get the win, 25-13.

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“The big step was not letting that third game carry into the fourth,” Zacchilli said. “We were dominant but then we had difficulty passing the ball. But the kids rallied. After we dominated in game two, they dominated in game three. We needed to put on the brakes and stop their momentum, we need to be the ones to step up and the kids rose to the occasion. That’s something we didn’t do a week ago so I look at it as a successful thing.”

Reichert finished with a team-high 11 kills while Chiarelli had nine kills and Zagami had seven. Zagami (four aces) also led the Scarlet Hawks with 17 digs while Kyra Alves had 14 digs, and Allie Collins (18 assists) had 13 digs.

“We had some players really step up too,” Zacchilli said. “I thought Chiarelli probably had her best game, both Zagami and Reichert, they were very steady for us on the outside and in backcourt defense. They really did a nice job passing and serving, they both served tough.

“I think overall, in the end, it was a real team effort. We didn’t force the ball anywhere, all of the kinds swung, they all had some success.”

Erin Skidmore had six kills and a pair of aces for the Panthers, Maggie Doyle added six kills and Meghan Maguire had three kills and four blocks.

“We missed an awful lot of serves. I think we missed six or seven [in the first game] and you can’t do that,” Franklin head coach Kate Horsmann said. “We’re really young and I think the second game, if we had won the first set, it might have carried us through that second set. I think it’s disappointing for us but I don’t think it’s unexpected, that’s kind of what you see from young players. This was our first away match and we have five sophomores who are playing a lot. I thought when we played well we played really well. Milford was a good team today, they beat us. I’m not going to make any excuses, they were good.”

Milford volleyball (2-1, 1-1) travels to Taunton on Wednesday evening while Franklin (1-1, 1-1) will try to bounce back the same day when they host Foxboro.

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Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/12/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Junior Matt Campbell scored his second goal of the season, putting Oliver Ames in the lead 20 minutes into the game. Senior Thomas McCormick iced the game for the Tigers, finding the back of the net in the final minutes of the match. Junior Cam Vella assisted on both of the goals while Jack Carroll earned the shutout.

Franklin, 2 @ Xaverian, 1 – Final Franklin rallied from a one goal deficit with a pair of second half goals to earn the win. Farley Asmath scored off an assist from Cam LeBlanc to tie the game while Kevin Hall scored the game winner for the Panthers.

Girls Soccer
Sharon, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final Francesca Calabraro scored four goals for the Tigers. Julia Roy had the other goal for Oliver Ames. Alex Rabb scored the opening goal of the game for the Eagles, who trailed 2-1 at halftime.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – The Warriors of Foxboro gave the Warriors of King Philip a big test but KP emerged with a 25-19, 26-24, 28-26 win, one head coach Kristen Geuss described as “hard earned.” Sydney Phillips led KP’s attack with 13 kills while Emma Lopez chipped in six kills.

Franklin, 1 @ Milford, 3 – FinalMilford won 29-27, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13. Kelley Reichert led the Hawks with 11 kills and Ally Zagami had seven kills and 17 digs in the win.

Taunton @ North Attleboro, 4:45

Oliver Ames @ Sharon, 5:00

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Attleboro scored once in the first half and once in the second half, while keeping the Black Knights off the board until the final minutes of the game to get the win. Kate LeBlanc put the Bombardiers in front with an unassisted goal in the first half. LeBlanc doubled Attleboro’s lead in the second half on assists from Eliza Sabilla and Ally Pierce. Jackie Evangelista scored her first varsity goal for Stoughton.

Mansfield, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final Caitlin Whitman had the lone goal of the game for the Hornets, scoring an unassisted tally midway through the second half.

King Philip, 1 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – King Philip followed the game plan they set in place and executed across the field in a big 1-0 league win over Foxboro. Caitlin Donahue scored the lone goal of the game off of an assist from Liz Furfari.

Franklin, 5 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Senior Alex Sullivan and senior Brayden Downing found the back of the cage in the first half as the Panthers built a 2-0 lead by halftime. Junior Kate Morse had a pair of goals off of corners with assists coming from Maddie Hinkley (her second) and Cassi Ronan. Caroline Lounsbury capped the scoring off an assist from freshman Maeve Ledwith. Senior Sam Hertzberg made a pair of saves, including one on a breakaway, to earn her first win. Shannon Cormier scored Milford’s goal in the game.

Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Taunton’s defense had a strong showing but couldn’t convert on the offensive end as North Attleboro picked up the win. Taunton received strong performances from Katie Van Zandt, Annie Tate, Liana Duarte, Bre Conlon, Jillian Pagliuca and Kya Enos.

Oliver Ames, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames continued to roll to start the season with a big win on the road. Sarah Stevens and Dimitra Efremidis each netted a pair of goals for the Tigers with Kendall Clifford, Rachel Stryke and Shannon Cahill each scoring once. Kayla Lozzi had two assists in the win while Liz Nuss and Efremidis each had one helper.

Golf
Oliver Ames, 148 @ Stoughton, 181 – Oliver Ames picked up its second win of the season, defeating Stoughton at Easton Country Club. Brady Allbritton led the Tigers with a 36 while Nick Lombardi and Eric LeBlanc each shot 37, and Mark Bissonette and Matt Kelley each carded a round of 38. Stoughton’s Brendan Campbell shot a 43.

King Philip, 157 @ North Attleboro, 144 – Final – North Attleboro senior Robbie Congdon shot a one under par 34 at Heather Hills to lead the Red Rocketeers, who moved to 3-0 on the season.

Milford, 175 @ Foxboro, 182 – FinalRyan Tomaso shot 37 to lead Milford, while Matt Tierney lead Foxboro with a 41

Taunton, 175 @ Attleboro, 170 – Final – The Attleboro Bombardiers picked up their first win of the season in their home opener at Highland Country Club. Ethan Johnson led Attleboro, shooting a 40 while Kyle DelSignore and Corey McKenna each registered a round of 42. Taunton’s Mike Volkmann was the match medalist, shooting a 39.

Cross Country
North Attleboro @ Canton, 3:45