The 2015 Hockomock Volleyball All Stars & HMs

Elizabeth Hamilton
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton
Olivia Devoe, Canton
Rye Verille, Canton
Victoria Kelley, Foxboro
Dayna McCue, Franklin
Beth Neal, Franklin
Caroline Maguire, Franklin
Josie Rowean, King Philip
Gwen Uyrus, King Philip
Micaela Murray, King Philip
Cathryn Heavey, Mansfield
Sarah Mullahy, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Sara Youssef, North Attleboro
Bridgett Whalen, Stoughton
Molly Sullivan, Taunton
Tatum Speicher, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Sheehan, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Rachel Meilan, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Melissa Ader, Sharon
Bianca DeSousa, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Volleyball All Stars & HMs

Elizabeth Hamilton
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton
Olivia Devoe, Canton
Rye Verille, Canton
Victoria Kelley, Foxboro
Dayna McCue, Franklin
Beth Neal, Franklin
Caroline Maguire, Franklin
Josie Rowean, King Philip
Gwen Uyrus, King Philip
Micaela Murray, King Philip
Cathryn Heavey, Mansfield
Sarah Mullahy, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Sara Youssef, North Attleboro
Bridgett Whalen, Stoughton
Molly Sullivan, Taunton
Tatum Speicher, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Sheehan, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Rachel Meilan, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Melissa Ader, Sharon
Bianca DeSousa, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D1 South
#12 King Philip, 1 @ #5 Mansfield, 2 – Final – Senior Jake Staples scored with just over 10 minutes left off a Max Gurnon free kick to lift the Hornets. Kevin Bouck scored in the first half for Mansfield to make it 1-0 while Mike Rowe leveled the game shortly into the second half. Mansfield advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #4 Needham on Sunday, 11/8 with a time yet to be announced. 

#7 Franklin, 5 vs. #10 Marshfield, 0 – Final – Austin Kent hooked up with Nick Parent twice in the first half, as Parent finished off a pair of corner kicks to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break, Kevin Hall made it 3-0 off an assist from goalie Henri Guilmette, Kent made it 4-0 off an assist from Cam LeBlanc and Farley Asmath made it 5-0 off an assist from Brian Czuba. Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Brockton on Saturday, 11/7 at 6:00. 
Girls Soccer
D1 South
#11 North Attleboro, 3 @ #6 Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hana Caster scored a hat trick for the Rocketeers to lead North to a come from behind victory in the Div. 1 South opening round game. OA took the lead twice on a Jess Robarge goal from a corner and a Delaney Benton penalty, but both times Caster scored to equalize. She scored the winner with seven minutes remaining. North will face the winner of Franklin and Walpole.
D2 South
#14 Foxboro, 0 @ #3 Canton, 2 – Final – Tessa Cudmore scored less than a minute in and Hannah Link added a second midway through the second half to lift Canton. The Bulldogs advance to the D2 South Quarterfinals and will host #6 Medfield (11-4-4) on Saturday, 11/7 at 4:00. 
Field Hockey
D2 South
#12 Foxboro, 0 @ #5 Monomoy, 1 – Final
Volleyball
D1 Central West
#6 Franklin, 3 vs. #11 Wachusett, 2 – Final – Franklin rallied from a 2-1 deficit, winning a marathon fourth set and then pulling out a win in the fifth set to get the 18-25, 25-21, 13-25, 30-28, 15-13 win. Head coach Kate Horsmann said Erin Skidmore had clutch serving down the stretch in the vital fourth set, finishing with a pair of aces and eight blocks. Dayna McCue had 46 serve receives, 25 digs and six aces and Beth Neal had 13 assists, six kills and six aces. Franklin advances to the D1 Central West Quarterfinals and will travel to #3 Natick (14-2) on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:00. 
D1 South
#7 Taunton, 3 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 0 – Final – Taunton advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Mansfield (14-5) on Monday, 11/9. The game is currently scheduled for 7:00. 

#9 North Attleboro, 3 @ #8 Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final – After dropping the first set, North rallied for three straight. The Rocketeers advance to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #1 Barnstable (18-1) on a date and time to be announced. 
D2 South
#11 Stoughton, 0 @ #6 Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton bowed out of the postseason with a 23-25, 19-25, 10-25 loss. Bridgette Whalen had 20 digs, 15 service receptions, five kills, eight service points and two blocks, Bianca DeSousa had 12 digs and 16 assists and Valerie Whalen finished with eight digs, six kills and six service points.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D1 South
#12 King Philip, 1 @ #5 Mansfield, 2 – Final – Senior Jake Staples scored with just over 10 minutes left off a Max Gurnon free kick to lift the Hornets. Kevin Bouck scored in the first half for Mansfield to make it 1-0 while Mike Rowe leveled the game shortly into the second half. Mansfield advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #4 Needham on Sunday, 11/8 with a time yet to be announced. 

#7 Franklin, 5 vs. #10 Marshfield, 0 – Final – Austin Kent hooked up with Nick Parent twice in the first half, as Parent finished off a pair of corner kicks to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break, Kevin Hall made it 3-0 off an assist from goalie Henri Guilmette, Kent made it 4-0 off an assist from Cam LeBlanc and Farley Asmath made it 5-0 off an assist from Brian Czuba. Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Brockton on Saturday, 11/7 at 6:00. 
Girls Soccer
D1 South
#11 North Attleboro, 3 @ #6 Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hana Caster scored a hat trick for the Rocketeers to lead North to a come from behind victory in the Div. 1 South opening round game. OA took the lead twice on a Jess Robarge goal from a corner and a Delaney Benton penalty, but both times Caster scored to equalize. She scored the winner with seven minutes remaining. North will face the winner of Franklin and Walpole.
D2 South
#14 Foxboro, 0 @ #3 Canton, 2 – Final – Tessa Cudmore scored less than a minute in and Hannah Link added a second midway through the second half to lift Canton. The Bulldogs advance to the D2 South Quarterfinals and will host #6 Medfield (11-4-4) on Saturday, 11/7 at 4:00. 
Field Hockey
D2 South
#12 Foxboro, 0 @ #5 Monomoy, 1 – Final
Volleyball
D1 Central West
#6 Franklin, 3 vs. #11 Wachusett, 2 – Final – Franklin rallied from a 2-1 deficit, winning a marathon fourth set and then pulling out a win in the fifth set to get the 18-25, 25-21, 13-25, 30-28, 15-13 win. Head coach Kate Horsmann said Erin Skidmore had clutch serving down the stretch in the vital fourth set, finishing with a pair of aces and eight blocks. Dayna McCue had 46 serve receives, 25 digs and six aces and Beth Neal had 13 assists, six kills and six aces. Franklin advances to the D1 Central West Quarterfinals and will travel to #3 Natick (14-2) on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:00. 
D1 South
#7 Taunton, 3 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 0 – Final – Taunton advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Mansfield (14-5) on Monday, 11/9. The game is currently scheduled for 7:00. 

#9 North Attleboro, 3 @ #8 Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final – After dropping the first set, North rallied for three straight. The Rocketeers advance to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #1 Barnstable (18-1) on a date and time to be announced. 
D2 South
#11 Stoughton, 0 @ #6 Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton bowed out of the postseason with a 23-25, 19-25, 10-25 loss. Bridgette Whalen had 20 digs, 15 service receptions, five kills, eight service points and two blocks, Bianca DeSousa had 12 digs and 16 assists and Valerie Whalen finished with eight digs, six kills and six service points.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/26/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 2 @ New Bedford, 0 – Final – Mansfield’s Emma Oldow scored both of the Hornets’ goals, with assists from Jen Kemp and Becca Bornstein. The Hornets outshot the Whalers by a large margin (25-2) while Lauren Whitman made one save to get her first career shutout.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield got the win at home 25-12, 25-16, 25-6. Mansfield head coach Melissa Heeden said all six of the team’s seniors — Alli Belanger, Cathryn Heavey, Kelsey Hernon, Sarah Mullahy, Juliana Newell and Colleen Riley – played well in the win. Hernon had seven service points, Mullahy had 17 service point and five digs and Riley added 12 service points and nine aces. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Stoughton won the first set but Canton rallied back to win the next three and get the 16-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 win. Elizabeth Hamilton led Canton with 14 kills and 15 digs, Sarah Reissfelder and Rye Verille combined for 13 kills and Nicole Poole had 33 assists. Head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe played great defensively and Kelly Dever hit .500 with six kills. Stoughton’s Ava Siegel had 14 service points, 12 digs and eight kills and Bridgette Whalen had 18 digs, 10 kills and seven blocks.

Foxboro, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Franklin got the win on the road with a 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 29-27 win. Maddie Kuzio stepped into the lineup and played terrific defense according to head coach Kate Horsmann and had 12 service points, seven digs and five aces. Beth Neal had 21 assists, 12 kills, three aces and a block, Aubrie Kutil had 13 kills and three digs and Dayna McCue had 12 digs, five aces and a pair of kills.

King Philip, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton’s Tatum Speicher became the first player in program history to reach 1,000 assists, setting up the first kill of the fourth set, to lead the Tigers to a marathon win over King Philip. Three of the four sets went over the 25 point threshold as Taunton got the 30-28, 27-25, 20-25, 26-24 win. Speicher had 34 assists in the match, Emily Moor played well with 15 kills and four aces and Meghan Navarro and Molly Sullivan combined for 18 digs, 10 aces and 23 service points. King Philip’s Josie Rowean had eight service points in game one and finished with 18 kills overall, Gwen Uyrus had 11 kills and Micaela Murray added five service points in game three, including two aces. 

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Field Hockey
Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Caitlin Whitman, Caroline Maher, Emily Ierardo and Mary Kate Kelly each scored once in the win for Mansfield. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Kara Ploss made 10 saves to deny Canton an equalizing goal while Angela Connolly scored the lone goal for the Black Knights.

Foxboro, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Senior Kelsey McPhee scored a pair of goals and Dana Lewandowski also scored once for the Panthers. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Taylor Reutlinger and Kenzi Pleshaw also had strong games.

King Philip, 2 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – The Warriors scored once in each half to get the road on the win. Alli Meehan opened the scoring for KP with an unassisted goal in the first half and Caitlin Donahue added a second off an assist from Courtney Foley in the second half. 

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Olivia Powers scored a pair of goals for Oliver Ames and Carly Cidado and Sara Stevens each scored once. Head coach Janice Sundell said Hannah Friend and Katie Davenport played well for OA. 

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/22/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
King Philip, 1 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – King Philip’s Ryan Ackles scored the late equalizer to earn the Warriors a point on the road. Attleboro senior Junior Coca put the Bombardiers up in the first half.
Mansfield, 2 vs. Catholic Memorial, 0 – Final – Ryan Amaral broke open a scoreless game in the 72nd minute off an assist from Jared Miller and then Miller converted a penalty kick just four minutes later to double the Hornets’ lead. Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk made five saves in net for his eighth shutout of the season. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 5 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Rebekah Entwistle scored two second half goals, including the game-winner, in the final four minutes to lead Attleboro to the win. Paige Medeiros had two assists and Jessica Bishop scored her first varsity goal for the Bombardiers. Cassie Vivar and Hannah Meier also scored for Attleboro. With the score 3-2, Madison Brown stopped a penalty kick and the rebound. Rachel Hogan and Elizabeth Cooley had the goals for the Warriors. 

Franklin, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored from the penalty spot and Megan Georges had Franklin’s second goal on an assist by Maddie Connelly.
Volleyball
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip picked up the sweep on the road, 25-14, 25-23, 25-9. Carly Adams had 10 service points in game one, including six aces, Emma Lopez had six service points and three aces in game two and Gwen Uyrus had nine service points with three aces in game three. Micaela Murray added six service points, including two aces, in game three.

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – The Bulldogs got the sweep at home, 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. Rye Verille had nine kills and Elizabeth Hamilton had eight kills, 10 aces and nine digs. Head coach Pat Cawley said Sarah Reissfelder, Emma Gobbi, Emma Murphy and Kelly Dever all had strong play at the net.

Foxboro, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton picked up the win 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had eight kills, seven blocks, 16 digs and six service points, Bianca DeSousa added 10 assists, seven service points (five aces) and 10 digs and Ava Siegel had 15 service points, seven digs, and four kills.

Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Sam Campbell and Rose Morrisette both played strong defense for the Panthers and each had key serving runs in the fifth set to lead Franklin. Dayna McCue had 43 serve receivers, 21 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil had 12 kills and a pair of digs and Beth Neal had 18 assists, eight kills, four aces and a pair of blocks.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win game four and then took care of business in the fifth set. The Hornets won 25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 29-27, 15-8. Sophomore Meg Hill led the offense with 17 kills and seven blocks, Sarah Mullahy had 12 kills and eight service points, Cathryn Heavey had 45 assists, 11 service points and 11 digs and Jess Haradon had 31 digs and 11 service points for Mansfield. 

Sharon @ Oliver Ames, 5:00
Field Hockey
King Philip, 2 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Alli Meehan put the Warriors up by a goal in the first half off an assist from Liz Furfari but Attleboro tied the game late in the second half off a goal from Kate LeBlanc on an assist from Grace Mayer. KP scored the game winner with 5:48 left when Christina Hathaway converted a penalty stroke.  

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Canton junior Caroline Hagan recorded a hat trick in the win for the bulldogs. 
Foxboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalFoxboro qualified for the state tournament for the 14th straight year.
North Attleboro @ Mansfield, 3:30
Sharon, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Kendall Clifford, Nadia Eldemery, Hannah Friend and Missy Krim each scored goals in the first half for Oliver Ames.

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/20/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Junior Thomas McCormick gave the Tigers the lead after a long throw from Max Bamford. In the second half, senior Keegan Nutt set up Chris Romero and Nathaniel Cardoza to give OA a 3-0 lead. 
Milford, 0 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final – Anthony Barreira, Nic Biegel, Devante Teixeira and Hussein Kafel all scored for the Warriors, who had a 3-0 lead at half.
North Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Joe Kellett, Larsen Keys and Mike Rowe each registered two points as the Warriors came back from a one goal deficit. Gareth King put the Rocketeers ahead before Kellett scored off a free kick from Cam Mullins. Keys then put KP ahead, heading home a corner from Kellett. Mike Rowe got his first goal by converting a corner from sophomore Connor Mullins. Rowe’s second goal came off a through ball from Keys. 

Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Sharon’s Jake Goloboy scored the lone goal of the game on an assist from James Dunlea as the Eagles qualified for the state tournament. Andrew Filipkowski had the shutout in net for Sharon.
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Canton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Jackie Mills scored a pair of goals and had an assist to lead the Tigers to a key division win. Kiana Lozzi had a goal and an assist while Lauren Wright and Tori Wyman each scored for OA.

Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Carina Thompson and Kristen Franzini each scored a goal for the Scarlet Hawks and Lindsay Stiles and Katie Brown each had an assist. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Nicole Dahlgren and Gabby O’Neil played well on defense.

King Philip, 0 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Haley Guertin scored in the 27th minute off an assist from Britta McDonald to lift the Rocketeers to a win. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Stoughton freshman Gabi Diaz scored twice in the second half, the final goal coming in the final minute to lift the Black Knights. Alana Richards and Emmie Sprague each ahd an assist. Head coach Tara Daniels credited Sarina Hutchinson and Sarah Widrow with strong defensive games. Ally Steinberg scored a first half goal for Sharon.
Volleyball
Franklin, 2 vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 – Final – Alyssa Shea had 10 kills and three digs, Aubrie Kutil had 13 kills and Hannah Chace added eight kills for the Panthers. Dayna McCue had a whopping 45 serve receives, 25 digs and a pair of aces for Franklin.
Attleboro vs. Norton, 5:30
Field Hockey
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – OA senior Carly Cidado’s goal in the first half off an assist from junior Kendall Clifford gave the Tigers the win and qualified OA for the state tournament. Cassie Gavin stopped nine shots for the shutout in net. 

Milford, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final – Freshman Lily Daly scored a pair of goals for Foxboro while MaryLou Long scored once. Milford’s Elena DelloRusso had the lone goal for the Scarlet Hawks.
Franklin, 0 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Mansfield broke open the deadlock with just six minutes remaining to hand the Panthers their first league loss this season. Franklin’s Samantha Jones made six saves while freshman Cassi Ronan led a Franklin offense that registered 15 shots on goal.

North Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – The Warriors took the lead in the first half when Alli Meehan converted her breakaway chance for an unassisted goal. Liz Furfari doubled KP’s lead off of an assisted goal in the second half. North Attleboro’s Mcayla Moody scored off a corner with just over a minute remaining. 
Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored a pair of goals while Angela Connolly and Olivia Schlehuber each scored once. Emily Locke scored Sharon’s goal while Brigid Loftus played well in net for the Eagles. 
Cross Country
Boys
Milford, 33 @ Blackstone-Millville, 22 – Final
Girls
Milford, 15 @ Blackstone-Millville, 50 – Final

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/19/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Franklin, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 2 @ Norwood, 2 – Final – After trailing by two goals at halftime, Stoughton rallied to tie the game with a pair of goals in the second half. Jordan Asnes headed in a cross from Josh Mitchell to cut the deficit in half and then Asnes repaid the favor, connecting with Mitchell on a long throw in to tie the game.
Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored both goals for Franklin, both off of long-range free kicks that found the top corner. Rebecca Bornstein went closest for Mansfield with a shot off the bar with two minutes to play.
Stoughton, 2 vs. Norwood, 1 – Final – Emerson Sprague netted the first goal for the Black Knights off an assist from Shanel Ford and Samantha Tullis converted a penalty kick for Stoughton.
Volleyball
Taunton, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – The Tigers qualified for the postseason with the win. Meghan Navarro had 18 service points, including five aces, and seven digs, Emily Moor had 10 kids and five digs and Lexi Natsis played well with 10 assists, 13 service points and a pair of aces.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton picked up the 25-10, 25-15, 26-24. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with eight kills, nine digs and seven aces. Casey Shea had an effective day offensively, hitting .667 with no errors.
Milford, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Milford had to battle back from being down 2-1 to force a game five and took the match 25-16, 20-25, 17-25, 25-16, 15-10. Kara Halpin had 13 kills, Jill Powers had eight kills, six digs and two blocks and Allie Collins had 21 assists.
Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Franklin took a close first set and then won games three and four to get the win (27-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22). Dayna McCue had 47 serve receives for the Panthers, adding 22 digs and four aces. Sam Campbell had seven digs and five aces, Alyssa Shea had 10 kills and four digs and Beth Neal had 16 assists, five kills and four aces. For Mansfield, Cathryn Heavey had 36 assists and 16 service points while Meg Hill had 11 kills and six blocks. 
North Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip got the sweep 25-11, 25-22, 25-15. The Warriors got strong serving efforts as Emma Lopez had 11 service points in the first game, Liv Balduf had seven service points in game two, Carly Adams had eight service points in game three and Gwen Uyrus had seven service points in game three. Josie Rowean paced the offense with 16 kills while Micaela Murray had nine digs and Amanda Loewen had five digs.
Field Hockey
Milford, 2 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Jessica Palmer setup Elena DelloRusso for Milford’s first goal in the first half and then double the Scarlet Hawks’ lead with a goal of her own early in the second half. 
Attleboro, 2 vs. Dartmouth, 2 – Final – Attleboro rallied from a two goal deficit at halftime to earn a point against Dartmouth. Emily Houle scored off an assist from Grace Mayer and Hannah LaMothe had an unassisted goal for the Bombardiers.

Canton Uses Fast Start For Road Sweep at Franklin

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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
FRANKLIN, Mass. – In a battle of division leaders, it was the visiting Canton Bulldogs that jumped out to a big lead in the first set and went on to grind out wins in the next two for a sweep over Franklin, 3-0.
“We got a good start, a really fast start, which is something we’ve really been working on,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. “We did very well with that. It’s the game of volleyball, one team comes out flat and one team doesn’t but we knew the match wasn’t over. We did not feel like we were in the drivers seat, we knew they would come back. And the second two sets proved that, it was pretty even the rest of the way.”
Within a matter of minutes, Canton found themselves with a 10-1 lead on the Panthers and never looked back in the first set. A block kill from senior Elizabeth Hamilton made it 13-3 and then a kill from Emma Murphy just a few plays later made it 18-4, forcing Franklin to take its second timeout. The Panthers didn’t help themselves out in the first set with 16 unforced errors however, Canton did its part by being nearly perfect while serving. The Bulldogs made just one error while serving, which helped create their big lead.
“I’m not an aggressive, jump serving kind of coach, I only let one player do that,” Cawley said. “I prefer to have the kids put the ball in play and see what we can do. I think the best serving team has a huge advantage. Serve receive is hard for every team at every level, high school or college. You’re supposed to get the first offense on serve receive but if you can put the serve in play at the high school level you often get the first offense on the free ball that comes back.”
Canton took the first game 25-12.
Franklin got off to a good start in the second set and after a kill from Aubrie Kutil made it 6-1, the Bulldogs were forced to call a timeout. The timeout worked as Canton was able to slowly work its way back into the second set. Franklin went up 12-9 but a kill from Sarah Reissfelder, a Franklin error and then a kill from Hamilton tied the game. Canton took the lead off a passing mistake and would never trail again. A perfect kill down the line from Hamilton was followed by an ace from Kehla Minkin and a kill from Murphy made it 19-15.
Franklin got within three at 22-19 behind an ace from Dayna McCue but the Bulldogs were able to close out the second set, 25-20, to take a two set lead.
“They’re a good team,” Franklin head coach Kate Horsmann said of Canton. “I think the first time I called timeout in the first set they had eight points and they only earned two of them, six of them were on our errors. Unfortunately that’s a habit we’ve gotten into. Our problem is that we’re so tight when we play good teams. We looked like a deer in the headlights and that’s what happened to us. Even when we’re playing well and then they do some good things, we get tight again. There’s really no reason for that. Canton totally outclassed us tonight.”
The third set was by far the closest of the three with the largest lead from either side being four points. The teams were tied 11 times, including at 21, 23 and 24 apiece.
Canton’s biggest lead early on was 9-7 but a pair of hitting errors tied the game. Franklin went up by four twice at 16-12 and 20-16 but a Hamilton kill and another Minkin ace closed the first gap and a pair of errors erased Franklin’s second lead. Trailing 23-21, a perfectly placed hit from Rye Verille was followed by yet another Hamilton to tie the game. The teams traded errors to get to a 24-24 tie. Hamilton got her ninth kill of the third set alone to give Canton the lead 25-24 and a hit out of play by Franklin gave Canton the win.
“I think the third set was when we played up to our potential,” Horsmann said. “It’s disappointing when you don’t win it, but at least you know you played to your potential. The first set we were awful and the second one we did some good things but we didn’t play to our potential. I think if we came out and played to our potential for three sets it would have been a better trip for Canton. It’s a long way to come for what we gave them.”
Hamilton finished with a game-high 21 kills with 16 of them coming in the final two sets.
“Elizabeth I think is definitely among the best in the Hock I’d say,” Cawley said. “She plays great defense, she’s a good hitter, she’s under control. She understands the game and obviously she’s our go-to person when we need something.”
The pairing of Hamilton and libero Olivia Devoe proved to be a strong tandem for serve receive and helped get the Bulldogs’ offense in motion. Devoe finished with 23 digs while Hamilton had 13 digs.
Nicole Poole had 30 assists and seven digs while middles Murphy and Verille combined for 12 kills and a pair of kills.
Canton (9-1, 9-1) will look to extend its seven game winning streak on Tuesday when they host Taunton. Franklin (9-2, 8-2) will look to bounce back when they hit the road on Tuesday at Stoughton.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.