WRENTHAM, Mass. – In the opening game of Thursday night’s Div. 1 Central-East semifinal, King Philip jumped all over visiting Quincy to build a 12-4 lead and then extending it back to seven points at 20-13. It looked like the Warriors were going to have a quick one-game lead on the Presidents in the rematch of last year’s five-setter at this same stage.
Instead, Quincy rallied to win 12 of the next 15 points and steal the game. Volleyball is a game of momentum swings and KP watched the Presidents carry their momentum over into a dominant second game that put Quincy on the verge of another sectional final.
That could have been it for another strong season for the Warriors, but instead KP fought back. Urged on by its home fans, KP swung the momentum back on its side and stormed back into the match, winning game three and saving a pair of match points to take game four.
Unfortunately for KP (19-3), Quincy was not rattled by the Warriors forcing a fifth game or by the Warriors jumping out to an early 4-1 lead in the deciding set. The teams battled back and forth and in the end, Quincy (19-3) had just enough to pull out the 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 26-28, 15-13) victory and advance again to the final.
“They played great,” said KP coach Kristen Geuss about Thursday’s opponent. “They are a great defensive team; they picked up everything.
“We tried. We played our game…We’ve come back from two games before, just couldn’t pull it out tonight. It wasn’t our night.”
Unlike on Tuesday, KP had the size advantage on Quincy, but the Presidents still had strength on the outside, especially senior Jessie Lei. Quincy took an early 4-1 lead but KP bounced right back with an 11-0 run to take control of the first set. Carly Adams had three straight aces at one point in the run and Sydney Phillips, who was chosen as the Hockomock League MVP by the coaches, added four kills.
The Presidents cut into the lead to get it down to four points, but again KP had an answer with Michaela Palumbo getting a big block to push the lead back to seven at 20-13. Things fell apart for the Warriors in the serve-receive game and Quincy stormed back into it. Geuss tried calling both her timeouts but the visitors took the set.
“We came out a little slow, as usual, and in tournament games you just can’t do that,” Geuss explained.
The energy of the first game carried into the second and Quincy built an early lead. After an error cut the lead to just two points, the Presidents went on a 9-3 run and took command at 19-11. The lone Warriors player who was having any success in the second was outside hitter Liv Baldufu>, as Quincy abandoned the block and sat back to seemingly dig every hit.
“They were getting all the digs,” said Geuss. “I guess they didn’t have to [block] cause they’re that good defensively.”
When asked if it is difficult to bounce back after losing a lead like KP did in the first, Geuss replied, “Absolutely. They had the enthusiasm for the second game. We didn’t. We just weren’t playing our game.”
The Warriors found their game in the third. Phillips had been quiet since her strong start but suddenly started clicking off the passing of Adams and the defensive play of libero Amanda Loewen. Phillips had seven kills in the second and Loewen closed out the game with back-to-back aces to keep the match alive.
Guess was asked about what got Phillips going in the third. She said, “She just needed her confidence back. I think once she got some more momentum, once you get one over and in you start to pick up some confidence.”
KP jumped out to a big lead in the fourth set as well with Loewen getting two more aces and the Warriors saving a point with Adams, Loewen, Kat Kmetz, and Molly Croke all keeping the ball alive before Balduf finished it with a blast down the line to make it 14-6.
The fifth set seemed inevitable at that point but again the Presidents showed resiliency to bounce back, cutting the lead to just three at 18-15. Phillips had the response for KP with three straight kills to give the home team a 23-17 lead, but the Warriors could not close it out and a kill by Shannon Foley tied it at 24-24.
Twice KP had to save a match point and then Emma Lopez rose up and earned her fourth kill of the game to seal a 28-26 win.
In the fifth, with the crowd riveted to every hit, KP took a 4-1 lead after a pair of Phillips kills. Quincy bounced back to win the next five points and force Geuss into a timeout. Lopez tied it at 8-8 with a kill but Quincy would regain the lead at 12-9 and force a second timeout.
A service error and a Phillips kill got KP within one. After an errant shot, Phillips made it 13-12. A service error set up the third match point for Quincy, but Phillips kept the game alive with another kill. The fourth match point turned out to be the difference for Quincy and fittingly it was Lei that got the winner.
“We weren’t picking up the tips. One or two points here or there could’ve changed the momentum easily,” said Geuss.
She added, “It’s good competition. It’s good volleyball and we had a great season. I’m so proud of them.”
WRENTHAM, Mass. – It had been nearly two weeks since King Philip had taken the court for a meaningful game and there was noticeable rust, as Newton South jumped all over the Warriors in the opening set and held off a late rally to take a 1-0 lead in Tuesday night’s Div. 1 Central-East quarterfinal.
KP shook off the rust from its 12-day layoff and turned the momentum around, winning three straight sets for a 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23) victory and advancing to the semifinal.
“Absolutely, I think that hurts,” said KP coach Kristen Guess when asked about the long break between matches. “We’d rather play, play, play. We do well when we play three games a week. It is brutal not playing.”
The Warriors also put themselves in early holes in three of the four sets, showing resiliency to bounce back including a rally from 8-2 down in the third set that saw KP win 23 of the next 30 points to put themselves within a set of a victory.
Guess said, “It’s been the history of KP to start out slow, but these kids never give up. They fight for every point.”
The first set was dominated by the height of the Lions at the net (three players over six feet tall) and the hitting of junior Ella Kim, who tallied nine kills in the opening set alone. KP hung around in large part thanks to the play of junior hitter Sydney Phillips, who was recently voted the Hockomock League MVP by the coaches. Phillips had five kills and several service points in the set.
In the second, KP again fell behind by a couple of points and the crowd was starting to get a little antsy, but a series of mishits by the Lions allowed KP to pull ahead. Back-to-back kills by Liv Balduf and Emma Lopez put the Warriors up 10-5. The Lions pulled back in front at 20-19 but another Lopez hit tied it and then she set up set point with another kill before Phillips tied the match with a blast.
Lopez, a senior captain, has missed nearly four weeks with a back injury and Guess was happy to see her return to take some of the pressure off Phillips on the outside. Guess said, “I’ve been telling her all week that she’s peaking at the right time. From being out for four weeks, she’s definitely peaking.”
Newton South jumped all over the Warriors to start the third set with Kim again getting hot on the outside including a rip that made it 8-2 and had KP on the ropes. But the Warriors rallied again and started to put together a strong defensive effort highlighted by senior setter Carly Adams scrambling to one-hand a return while falling out of bounds and watching as it landed for a point on the other side.
Adams was helped by Elise Pereira and libero Amanda Loewen (nine digs) in starting to stem the tide from Kim’s big hitting. Angela Vallente served six straight points to break the set open and give KP an 18-12 lead. Phillips added a pair of kills and then Kat Kmetz dug out back-to-back rockets from Kim to save a point at 22-13.
Suddenly, the Warriors looked like the No. 2 seed and went into the fourth with confidence. For the first time in the match, KP also took an early lead in what turned out to be the final set. A Phillips ace made it 7-3. Two aces in a row from Balduf pushed the lead to 12-6 and great hustle by Pereira and Loewen to chase down a ball on the back line saved a point and stopped a Lions rally at 14-10. Kmetz followed that with two aces in a row.
When asked if the coaches had made any adjustments to try and stop the hitting of Newton South after the opening set, Guess responded, “We didn’t change anything. We don’t give up on them. We have confidence in them. If they get their serves over and in we try to get the other teams out of system so they can’t set up those great hitters.”
The Lions showed grit in battling back to keep the fourth set close, pulling to within 22-19 on a kill by middle hitter May Boucher. Facing match point, Newton South won four straight points to pull back within one but Phillips slammed the door on the comeback with a kill off the Lions block to seal the victory.
“That is Sydney,” said Guess of Phillips’ contributions on Tuesday. “Other team have a hard time picking up her balls or blocking her. She’s our go-to outside hitter.”
This is the second season in a row that King Philip (19-2) has knocked out Newton South at this stage and now the Warriors get another rematch with the visit of No. 3 seed Quincy, which beat KP in five sets in last year’s semifinal.
Canton @ Stoughton – Postponed to 10/31 at 3:30.
Foxboro @ North Attleboro – Postponed to 10/28 at 4:00.
Franklin @ King Philip – Postponed to 10/28 at 3:30.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Thomas McCormick was in a giving mood on Thursday night, registering a pair of assists to pace the Tigers to a win on the road. McCormick set up junior Nathaniel Cardoza in the first half for the game-winning goal. Junior Matt Campbell added an insurance goal early in the second half off another assist from Cardoza.
Sharon, 5 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Each team had a first half lead but the squads headed into halftime tied 2-2. Sharon went on to score three goals in the second half to come away with the two points. Andrew Reyes-Jones opened the scoring in the first minute to give Sharon the lead before Marcello Panno tied it on an assist from Pedro Sampaio. Sampaio put Milford ahead on an assist from Joey Madden but Shalin Patel tied the game off a corner kick from Michael Baur. In the second half, Ben Stamm scored two straight games, on assists from Jeffery Gao and Baur. Jake Teven capped the scoring on an assist from Spencer Hall. Milford head coach Brian Edwards said Nuno Mestre played well on defense.
Stoughton @ Canton – Postponed to 10/31 at 3:30.
North Attleboro, 2 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Riley Collins opened the scoring for Foxboro off an assist by Hailey Maling. Haley Guertin equalized for North before halftime on an assist from Haley Ferrin. Ashlyn Gaulin then scored the game-winner in the second half off an assist from sister Emma Gaulin to give the Rocketeers the two points. North head coach Bill Wallace said Rachel LaBonte, Emily Chiasson and Aine Mendonca played well while Nina Beauvais made a couple of great saves in net.
King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – Rachel Hogan scored the lone goal for the Warriors and Nadia Havens scored for the Panthers on an assist by Calen Frongillo.
Mansfield, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Hannah Reiter scored off a Emily Vigeant free kick early in the second half. Lauren Wright answered for the Tigers off an assist by Emily Freeman.
Milford @ Sharon Postponed to 10/28 at 3:45.
Foxboro @ North Attleboro, 4:45
King Philip, 3 @ Westwood, 0 – Final – King Philip closed the regular season with a sweep on the road, winning 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 to finish the regular season 18-2. Sydney Phillips had 14 kills, Emma Lopez added six kills and Amanda Loewen chipped in with six digs.
Oliver Ames, 3 vs. Brockton, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames qualified for the state tournament with a 25-11, 25-21, 25-21 win over the Boxers. Jackie Kandar four kills and two blocks, Bridget McCarthy finished with 27 assists and two aces, Emma Petrillo had a team-high nine kills and three aces and Kayla Raymond (three blocks) and Maya Fetcho (two blocks) had eight kills apiece.
Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton picked up a win over Canton for the first time in program history with a 3-1 victory. Val Whalen led Stoughton’s offense with 18 kills while Molly Turner had 14 assists. Christina Gelin, Riley Bagley and Whalen combined for over 70 digs. Canton’s Emma Murphy and Casey Shea each had nine kills and Emma Gobbi added four kills. Nicole Poole finished with 26 assists for the Bulldogs.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield defended home court with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 sweep. Emily Kleber paced Mansfield with 10 kills while Jess Haradon had 16 digs and nine service points and Chloe Peters had 28 assists.
Sharon, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip notched a 25-21, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22 win over Franklin. Sydney Phillips had 17 kills and two blocks, Carly Adams added 21 assists and three kills, Amanda Loewen had seven digs, Emma Lopez chipped in with nine digs and Angela Vellante and Molly Croke combined for 11 digs. For Franklin, Maddie Kuzio had 39 digs, Erin Skidmore and Maggie Doyle each had eight kills and Meaghan Maguire notched six blocks.
Taunton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Taunton had four different players find the back of the net to get the win. “The team played very well both offensively and defensively,” Taunton head coach Liz Hathaway said. “This was a total team victory and everyone brought their A game.” Kya Enos, Lauren Torres, Annie Tate and Lianda Duarte scored for the Tigers. Duarte, Torres and Enos each had an assist as well. Emma Sheehan earned the win in net with seven saves.
Canton, 0 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final
Foxboro, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final
Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Franklin sophomore goalie Christina Lucini made 14 saves and junir Kate Morse had two saves herself as Franklin clinched the Kelley-Rex title. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Kayla Marshall, Caroline Lounsbury and Dana Lewandowski all had strong defensive games for the Panthers.
Canton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final– North Attleboro’s offense exploded for three goals, snapping Canton’s seven game unbeaten streak. Gabe Pinhancos opened the scoring in the 12th minute, finishing off a cross from Zach Matracia to put North up 1-0. Leo Charlebois doubled the lead, converting from the penalty spot after Andrew Fontaine drew the foul inside the area. Pinhancos got his second of the game in the 53rd minute, taking a through ball from Conor Danahey to put the Rocketeers up 3-0. Shawn Watters made six saves in net and North head coach Geoff Burgess said John Brennan was huge defensively for Big Red.
Foxboro, 1 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Sharon scored once in each half to pick up a key division win against Foxboro. Jake Teven opened the scoring in the first half, scoring an unassisted goal from just outside the area to put the Eagles up 1-0. Andrew Reyes-Jones doubled Sharon’s lead, converting a long throw from Tyler Hippler to make it 2-0. An own goal with three minutes to play put Foxboro on the board.
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Cullin Anastasia scored inside the opening 10 minutes off an assist from Sam Hyland to set the tone for the Hornets. John Cooney doubled the lead in the 52nd minute, scoring off an assist from Max Gurnon and James Chotkowski iced the game in the 72nd minute off an assist from Anastasia. Nick Ferraz notched his first career shutout with four saves. Head coach Steve Sheridan had high praise for Sam Nugent, Ethan Brill-Cass, Harry Braidt, Jalaj Singh, Jake Tuleja and Gurnon for their defensive play.
Franklin, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Kevin Hall scored the lone goal of the game in the second half on an assist from Noah Scafati to help the Panthers earn the win. Freddie Beckmann recorded the shutout in net for Franklin.
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Stoughton’s Marco Antunes scored his first goal of the season early in the second half as the Black Knights beat Milford. Noah Schulze served in a free kick that Antunes was able to eventually latch on to. Matt Gallagher recorded his second straight shutout of the year. “Milford was excellent and made us play hard for the win tonight,” Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said. “Marco Antunes was excellent and so was my defense.” Milford head coach Brian Edwards said Andre Oliveira and Marcello Panno put in great performances in midfield for the Scarlet Hawks.
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip freshman Avery Snead scored a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes of the game to lead the Warriors, who qualified for the postseason with the win. Snead converted a pass from classmate Chloe Layne for the game-winner in the eighth minute and doubled the lead in the 19th minute, netting a through ball from Julia Massarone from 10 yards out. Riley Magane iced the game on a shot from just inside the area off an assist from Skylah Caruso.
North Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Riley Duserick gave Canton a lead in the first half but North Attleboro’s Aine Mendonca leveled the scoring before the break, scoring on a free kick. North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace said Haley Guertin, Rachel LaBonte and Emily Chiasson played well for the Rocketeers.
Sharon, 2 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Alex Rabb scored a pair of goals, putting Sharon ahead 1-0 just over 10 minutes into the game and then netting the game-winner on a free kick from 30 yards out just before halftime. Ally Filipkowski notched the assist on Rabb’s opener. Foxboro’s Kristen Bortolotti scored on a penalty kick in the first half for the Warriors.
Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Hannah Reiter netted a pair of second half goals to lead Mansfield to the win on the road.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Regan Benton had the shutout for Oliver Ames in Net. OA head coach Britt Sellmayer said Zoe Chazan, Dana Lowney and Kiana Lozzi had strong games for the Tigers.
Milford, 6 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Gabbie Riley and Maggie Boyle each scored a pair of goals while Julianna France and Sydney Morrison each netted one goal to lead the Scarlet Hawks. Olivia Marshall notched the shutout in net for Milford.
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip defended its home court with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-19 sweep of the visiting Bombardiers. Kat Kmetz led KP with 16 service points while Carly Adams had 14 service points and Sydney Phillips finished with 12 service points and had a strong game at the net. Emma Lopez had six kills and Liv Balduf finished with four kills and 10 service points for the Warriors.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Canton dropped the second set but rebounded to get the next two for a 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20 win. “It was a gritty, hard fought battle,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Nicole Poole dished out 21 assists and added six kills and six aces to lead the Bulldogs. Emma Murphy had seven kills six blocks and two aces, Cassie Loftus had her best all around match of the season according to Cawley with five kills and some impressive defensive play. Julia Panico controlled Canton’s defense with 15 digs.
Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final – Sharon won the second and third sets but had to battle all the way to the fifth set to earn the win over Foxboro. Sharon junior Jess Allan led Eagles’ offense with 10 kills along with seven aces. Junior Naomi Topal added nine kills and six aces, senior Faythe Gomolka tallied 17 assists and Cori Jermyn had five aces, six digs and four blocks.
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield picked up the sweep, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, at home against Tainton. Chloe Peters had 14 service points and 20 assists, Jess Haradon had 11 digs and eight service points, Meg Hill added 11 kills and Lexi Gardner chipped in with six service points .
Franklin, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Franklin picked up a big division win in five sets on the road at Oliver Ames. Erin Skidmore led the Panthers with 12 kills while adding 23 digs and a pair of aces. Maddie Kuzio also had two aces while leading Franklin with 31 digs. Lauren McGrath had 31 assists to go along with an ace and Maggie Doyle had six kills and five blocks.
Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – Caitlin Donahue scored a hat trick, netting two goals in the first half as KP held a 4-0 lead by the break. Liz Furfari and Alli Meehan each scored once for the Warriors.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final
Foxboro, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final
Franklin, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Franklin punched its ticket to the state tournament with an impressive win on the road. Sophomores Annie Walsh and Cassi Ronan each had scored two goals and grabbed an assist to lead the Panthers. Senior Kayla Marshall added a goal and senior Caroline Lounsbury had an assist. Franklin sophomore goalie Christina Lucini made four saves to get the win in net. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Dana Lewandowski and Kate Morse had outstanding games through the midfield and on defense.
Stoughton, 5 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber scored a pair of goals for Stoughton, while Kayla Oliviera, Mia Russell and Julia Russell scored once to pace the Black Knights.
Sharon, 167 @ Oliver Ames, 146 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Brady Allbritton and Mark Bissonette shared medalist honors, both shooting 36 for the Tigers. Nolan Donze and Thomas Walsh each shot 37 for Oliver Ames. Sharon’s Andrew Glover and Max Avratin each shot 41.
Canton, 165 @ Attleboro, 178 – Final – Canton’s Joey Vaughan earned match medalist honors after shooting a low-round of 40 for the Bulldogs. Danny Powers shot a 41 and both Jackson Maffeo and Matt Minichiello carded a round of 42. Attleboro’s Corey McKenna shot a team-low 41 on the day.
Milford, 169 @ King Philip, 180 – Final – Ryan Tomaso earned match medalist honors, shooting a round-low 36 for the Scarlet Hawks. Anthony Arcudi shot a 40 for Milford while Danny McLoughlin carded a team-low round of 41 for KP.
Franklin, 2 @ Milford, 0 – Final– Farley Asmath scored both goals for the Panthers, with both coming in the second half. Asmath’s first strike in the 56th minute came off an assist from Hatim Brahimi. Asmath then earned a penalty in the final minutes and converted in the 78th minute for his second goal. Fred Beckmann earned the shutout in net.
Mansfield, 3 @ Sharon, 2 – Final– Mansfield scored a goal two minutes into the game and one in the final minute of the game to clip the Eagles. James Chotkowski scored early off a service from Max Gurnon but Sharon tied it before half. Mansfield opened the second half when James Cooney headed in a cross from Chotkowski three minutes into the second half but Sharon tied the game with just over three minutes to go. But Mansfield had an answer as Gurnon scored the game winner a minute later on cross from Jackson Murphy. Mansfield goalie Jed Tolbert made 10 saves in net for the Hornets.
Stoughton, 1 vs. Norwood, 0 – Final – The Black Knights used a late second half goal to edge Norwood and earn their first win of the season. Matheus Santos took a feed from Jordan Asnes and beat Norwood’s goalie from the top of the area for his first career goal. Head coach Aaron Salter said goalie Matt Gallagher played excellent and deserved the clean sheet.
Sharon, 1 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final – Mansfield had five different goal scorers on Wednesday. Allee Bezeau, Stephanie Kemp, Emma Goulet, Cassidy McMahon, and Hannah Reiter all scored for the Hornets. Emily Vigeant and Emma Oldow each had two assists for Mansfield.
Sharon, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Sharon won 25-18, 25-22, 25-14. Cori Jermyn and Jess Allan led the Eagles with five kills apiece and Natalie Kane had four blocks.
Canton, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final– Canton took the first game but King Philip came back to claim the next three and the win (18-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-21). Sydney Phillips led KP with 12 kills and nine service points while Emma Lopez also paced the offense with 11 kills. Carly Adams had a strong serving day with 16 service points, including three aces while Liv Balduf added 10 service points. Amanda Loewen had 12 digs to lead KP defensively. Canton’s Hannah Jerrier, Nicole Poole (22 asissts) and Erika Lum each had six kills for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Erin Skidmore led the Panthers with 11 kills and added three aces. Lauren McGrath had nine aces and 15 assists for Franklin, while Meaghan Maguire chipped in with seven kills and a block.
Stoughton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – The Hornets won in straight sets, beating Stoughton 25-17, 25-15, 25-22. Julia Harrison had six kills and seven service points, Chloe Peters had 29 assists and seven service points and Anna Kemp and Jolie O’Neil each had nine service points.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final– Oliver Ames got the sweep, winning 25-16, 25-11, 25-18 over North Attleboro. Kayla Raymond led OA with nine kills, five total blocks and three aces. Other standout players include: Senior setter Bridget McCarthy played strong with four aces and 22 assists.
Milford, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Sharon, 0 @ Attleboro, 10 – Final – Grace Mayer found the back of the net four times in Attleboro’s big win.
Canton, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – Final– Canton took the lead in the first half with Andrea McNeil converting off a corner but KP rallied for a pair of second half goals to get the win. Liz Furfari tied the game at the 23 minute mark off an assist from Nicole Connor. The Warriors found the winner with just three minutes left when Alli Meehan scored off a penalty corner from Christina Hathaway.
Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Caroline Lounsbury scored the opening goal with 17:55 left in the first half off an assist by Cassi Ronan and it turned out to be the game-winner for Franklin. Brayden Downing scored two minutes later on an assist from Annie Walsh and then Walsh made it 3-0 early in the second half off an assist by Maeve Ledwith. Christina Lucini earned the shutout in goal with three saves.
Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final – Mansfield had five different goal scorers in the win.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final– Oliver Ames’ offense kept knocking on the door but North Attleboro goalie Liz Morehouse wouldn’t break, notching 14 saves in an impressive performance. “OA had a variety of pressure on the net…flicks, drives aerials and she stopped them all,” North head coach Karen Folan said. Katherine Munley also had a big defensive stop late in the game for North Attleboro. Katie Davenport and Katie Vamosi anchored Oliver Ames’ defensive effort while Dimitra Efremidis and Kendall Clifford played well in the midfield for OA according to coach Abby Tepper, who also noted the strong game by Morehouse.
Milford, 1 @ Taunton, 0 – Final
Attleboro, 184 @ Franklin, 159 – Final – The Panthers got an even par 35 from captain Bryan Woelfel and a 40 from Eric Civetti. Attleboro was led by Corey McKenna, who shot a 42.
Taunton, 174 @ Oliver Ames, 149 – Final – Brady Allbritton led the Tigers with a round of 35, while Ryan McGarry shot a 36, Thomas Walsh shot a 37, and Tate Hadges shot a 41 for OA. Taunton got a 38 from Mike Volkman and a 42 from Jake Crawford.
Sharon, 169 @ Canton, 152 – Final – Canton’s Matt Minichiello shot a medalist round of 37 to lead the Bulldogs. Jack Goyetch and Joey Vaughan each shot 38s and Pat Duggan and Jackson Maffeo each shot 39s for Canton. Sharon was led by Corey Carter’s 41, while Max Avertin and Max Brody shot 42s for the Eagles.
Milford, 170 @ North Attleboro, 162 – Final – Robbie Congdon was the low scorer for North at Heather Hill with a round of 37.
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.
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.
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 – Final – Milford 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
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.
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 – Final – Ryan 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.
Stoughton, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 7 – Final – Click here for a full recap of the game.
Sharon, 0 @ Taunton, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames, 8 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final– Senior Julia Roy netted a hat trick while seniors Francesca Calabraro, Tori Wyman, Lauren Wright and junior Jackie Mills each scored once. Oliver Ames junior Caitlin Campbell earned the shutout in net for the Tigers.
Taunton, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final – Alex Rabb opened the scoring for Sharon and then Ally Filipkowski added a second with a shot to the top corner before halftime. Alexis Faria and Sam Tichelaar scored second half goals for Taunton to tie the game, but Sharon earned a penalty with seconds left and Alex Rabb scored it for the win.
Canton, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Bulldogs won 25-17, 25-16, and 25-12 in the season opener. Nicole Poole paced Canton’s offense with 27 assists, five kills and five aces. Middle blockers Emma Murphy and Casey Shea each had six kills and libero Julia Panico has 21 digs. Outside hitter Hannah Jerrier had a good night in her first ever high volleyball match with five kills. For Attleboro, Lexi Pereira had six kills and Jenny St. Hilaire had 13 service points, including four aces.
Mansfield, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final– The Hornets picked up the sweep on the road, winning 25-19, 25-19, 26-18. Jess Haradon had 14 digs and 11 service points for Mansfield while Meg Hill had eight kills and 10 service points and Chloe Peters had 11 service points and 23 assists.
Milford, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final– In a marathon of a match, King Philip rallied from a two-set deficit to win in a thrilling fifth seth. King Philip won 22-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-20. Sydney Phillips led the Warriors with 19 kills while Emma Lopez added 16 kills. Carly Adams had 38 assists while Amanda Loewen had eight digs for the Warriors.
Stoughton, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final
Sharon, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final
Canton, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Maggie Malloy scored a pair of goals for the Bulldogs while Andrea McNeil, Beth Oldenburg and Julia Ezepik each scored once.
Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Lily Daly scored the lone goal of the game for the Warriors in the first half on an assist by Carlie Stern.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – The Panthers had nine corners, 24 shots on goal and didn’t allow a single shot on goal defensive in the win over North. Caroline Lounsbury gave Franklin the lead midway through the first half on a cross from Brayden Downing, sophomore Annie Walsh doubled the lead with an unassisted goal and sophomore Cassi Ronan capped the scoring off a corner from Walsh.
Milford, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final– Alli Meehan led the way for King Philip with a pair of goals and an assist. Christina Hathaway scored a beautiful goal from a penalty corner to start the game for the Warriors while Caitlin Donahue scored a hard shot from the left. Dana Truini had two assists and Liz Furfari added one for KP.
Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames scored four first half goals to earn its second win of the season. Sarah Stevens, Kayla Lozzi, Cristina Boudreau, and Kendall Clifford each scored once for the Tigers while Stevens added two helpers and Dimitra Efremidis had one assist. Head coach Abby Tepper said Katie Davenport, Sarah Tetrault and Erin McCormack had strong defensive games for the Tigers.
Franklin, 163 @ Oliver Ames, 147 – Final– Oliver Ames’ Ryan McGarry and Nick Lombardi were co-medalists for the match, each shooting a round-low 36 for the Tigers. Brady Allbritton added a 37 for OA. Franklin’s Matt Deo shut a team-best 37 for the Panthers.
Attleboro, 177 @ North Attleboro, 155 – Final– The Rocketeers had the top four finishes in the match with Dylan Kane earning match medalist by shooting a 36. Robbie Congdon added a 37 for North while David Colsanti and Thomas Puccio each shot 40. Attleboro’s Corey McKenna shot a team-best 43.
Foxboro, 199 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final– Mansfield senior Jason Hindman led the way for the Hornets, shooting a 35, a league-best so far this season. David Norris added a 41 and Madison Haughey added a 44 for Mansfield.
Canton, 167 @ Taunton, 183 – Final – Canton senior Matt Minichiello was the match medalist, carding a 39 on the day while junior Danny Powers shot a 42 for the Bulldogs. Taunton’s Mike Volkmann and Justin Proto each shot 42 for the Tigers.
Milford, 159 @ Stoughton, 178 – Final– Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, leading Milford with a 36. Anthony Arcudi chipped in with a 39 for the Scarlet Hawks.
The Bombardiers are hoping to take a step forward and make a dent in the very competitive Kelley-Rex Division. Attleboro picked up a pair of non-league wins last season and is hoping that success can start to translate to league play. Head coach Lindsey McDonald noted the offseason work of juniors Lexi Pereira and Sarah Lynch. Both Pereira and Lynch will play as outside hitters and McDonald said she expects both to bring a lot of power to the attack. Liz Howe, a captain, will be in charge of getting the attack going from the setter position while captain Julya Carlson will anchor the defensive effort for the Bombardiers.
“I am anticipating an improved season for us,” McDonald said. “[Our] captains are providing solid leadership on and off the court and the team has been gelling nicely.”
2015 Record: 16-5 (Davenport Division Champions) 2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central Final Coach: Pat Cawley
Canton has had a dominant run in the Davenport division over the past six years and the Bulldogs are looking to continue that tradition in 2016. Canton has a dozen seniors on the team and will be relying on their experience and leadership to make another run at the division title and in the playoffs. Nicole Poole returns as a second year starter at setter and will be the catalyst for Canton’s offense. Emma Murphy and Casey Shea both have varsity experience and will be important pieces at the middle of the net. One spot that Canton has to fill is at outside hitter and the Bulldogs have a handful of players in the running including seniors Emma Gobbi, Erika Lum, Cassie Loftus, Kelsey Irons, Malia Claiborne and Maria Mackie. Canton is hoping for another year of strong defense with seniors Julia Panico, Kehla Minkin and Emily Lynch all vying for time in the back row.
“We are a senior laden team although most have not seen significant playing time at the varsity level,” head coach Pat Cawley said. “CHS volleyball is a proud tradition and I am confident that this year’s squad will do they can to keep this team competitive and make their senior experience one which they won’t forget.”
2015 Record: 6-12 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Dan Damish
Foxboro is hoping its upward trajectory continues in 2016 after making great strides a season ago. Head coach Dan Damish and the Warriors will rely on its three senior captains – Lindsay Greer, Julia DiCenso and Julie Bridges – to continue to push the program in the right direction. DiCenso will be the starting setter for the fourth straight season and will have Danielle Conlon, the team’s leader in kills last season, at her disposal. DiCenso will also have Greer, Bridges, Ana Sanchez and Molly Crocker as offensive options. Junior Delya Lorquet could emerge as a big threat as a middle hitter as well for Foxboro this season.
“I’m very encouraged with the way the team came into the season in great volleyball shape,” Damish said. “Our top goal is to improve everyday and compete at a high level.”
Coming off the program’s second Kelley-Rex division title in the past five seasons, Franklin will be relying on youth to stay near the top of arguably the most competitive division in all of the Hockomock League’s sports. Senior Erin Skidmore (28 kills in 2015) is making the transition from the middle to the outside and will be a go-to attacking option at the net. At 6’3, junior Meaghan Maguire saw valuable time last year and will be a defensive leader at the net. The Panthers will look to sophomore setter Lauren McGrath to step in to set up the offense.
“This is the youngest team we have had since I started coaching,” head coach Kate Horsmann said. “We have five sophomores who could all be impact players for us this season. The outcome of our season will really depend on how quickly they adjust to the speed of the varsity game and how quickly we gel as a unit.”
King Philip had another strong campaign a year ago and are looking to repeat it in 2016. The Warriors have six returning seniors and all are expected to play important roles for KP this season. Senior captain Carly Adams will set the offense in motion from the setter position, senior captain Emma Lopez will be a key piece in the attack from the outside hitter spot and senior captain Angela Vellante will be a defensive specialist in the back row for KP. Senior Amanda Loewen will also be a key piece to the defense as the team’s libero. Senior Liv Balduf will help balance the offense as a rightside hitter while Molly Croke will help bolster the team’s defense. Junior Sydney Phillips, another returner from last year’s squad, will be an attacking option as an outside hitter.
“I expect us to be a strong team once again this year,” head coach Kristen Geuss said. “We have lost significant depth at the outside hitter position from last year but am encouraged by how our returning players have stepped up and progressed during our practices.”
The Hornets will look to follow up a historic one with another strong showing and they have some experienced players to do so. It will start with defense for Mansfield, who return one of the top liberos in Jess Haradon and one of the top middle blockers in Meg Hill, the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Mansfield will have to replace some key pieces but senior Chloe Peters will be tasked with setting up the offense while junior Julia Harrison, who saw some minutes as a sophomore a year ago, will be one of the Hornets’ outside hitters.
“We have five great seniors who have been working hard to lead the team,” head coach Melissa Heeden said. “They are a great group of girls. We have some work to do to fill in from the six seniors who graduated last year, but a are really looking forward to the season.”
2015 Record: 9-11 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Linda Zacchilli
The Scarlet Hawks just missed out on the playoffs a season ago but with Linda Zacchilli back on the bench, Milford could be right in the mix for the Davenport title. Offensively, Milford will need some need faces to step up after its top three kills leaders graduated. Junior Kelley Reichert is back after 66 kills last season and senior Stefani Chiarelli and junior Juliana Tracy will both factor into the offense as well. Both of Milford’s setters – Lauren Zouranjian (301 assists) and Allie Collins (198) – are back for 2016, which should help the Scarlet Hawks’ offense flow. Libero Kyra Alves is back after being a strong point in the defense last year as well.
2015 Record: 11-11 2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal Coach: Jeff Crins
The 2016 season will be a bit different for North Attleboro compared to a year ago. The Red Rocketeers now compete in the Davenport division and their attack has been bolstered by the addition of Amelia Murphy. Murphy was a top offensive player in the league a year ago at KP but has since transferred to North Attleboro. Murphy will be an attacking option along with junior Katie DeMontigny (100 kills last season) and Tori Melanson, who will also be a presence defensively at the net (82 kills, 70 blocks in 2015). North Attleboro will need to fill in the role of setter with Taylin Shultz graduated. Gabby Duva and Lindsay Howlett will be two key defensive players for the Rocketeers this season.
2015 Record: 7-12 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Chelsea Correia
Oliver Ames has a strong mix of experienced players returning this Fall and are looking to take a trip back to the postseason after missing out in 2015. Senior captain Bridget McCarthy, in her fourth year on varsity, returns as the starting setter while fellow captain Alyssa Gavin returns as a top defensive option in the back row along with Rachel Foley. Junior Emma Petrillo will be one offensive option for the Tigers as an outside hitter, junior Katherine Flynn will be another as a right side hitter. Juniors Maya Fetcho and Kayla Raymond will rotate as offensive threats from the middle of the net while sophomore Sadie Homer will be the Tigers’ starting libero this season. Other names to keep an eye on include juniors Caroline Cavanaugh, Jacqueline Kander and freshmen Allison Kemp and Jordyn Vella.
“If we commit to it, I think we can rise to many challenges, prepare for all possibilities, and make the most of everything,” head coach Chelsea Correia.
2015 Record: 2-16 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Andrea Lovett
New head coach Andrea Lovett is excited about the direction the Sharon volleyball program is headed and is hoping 2016 will be the first step in the right direction. Senior captain Faythe Gomolka returns this year as this the team’s versatile setter and has a great rapport with senior captain and middle hitter Natalie Kane. Seniors Marni Heitin, Luba Korn, Gesi Molla and Jonathan Dickerman will all factor in for the Eagles this season as well. Junior Jess Allan, now in her third year on varsity, will be an attacking option as an outside hitter while classmate Cori Jermyn will be an attacking option from the right side.
“As a new head coach, I am excited to work with the team on developing a more aggressive mindset and working on some more complex offensive systems to raise our level of play and be competitive in the league this year,” Lovett said.
2015 Record: 10-11 2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round Coach: Erica Batchelder
The Black Knights had a handful of talented players graduated from last year’s team but there is hope for optimism because of who is back this year. Stoughton’s kills leader junior Val Whalen is back for her third year of varsity after registering 129 kills a season ago. Junior Jordan Motley and senior Riley Bagley will also be big pieces of Stoughton’s attack this season after slamming 84 and 77 kills, respectively, in 2015. The biggest challenge for Stoughton will be finding players to step up in other areas. The team’s ace and assists leader from last season, Bianca DeSousa, the team’s leader in blocks and digs, Bridget Whalen, and the team’s leader in serve receives, Ava Siegel, all graduated. First year head coach Erica Batchelder will be looking to players to step up into those roles.
2015 Record: 15-9 2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Final Coach: Toby Chaperon
Taunton turned a successful regular season and a fourth place finish in the Kelley-Rex into one of the more memorable seasons in Tigers’ history. Taunton made a run all the way to the D1 South Final before falling to eventual state champion Barnstable. It will be a tough task to repeat with the amount of players that Taunton graduated, but the Tigers are up for the challenge. Taunton will need a new setter to step up after graduating Tatum Speicher, one of the top in the area at the position. Offensively, Emily Moor (team-high 254 kills in 2015) is back for her senior season while junior Sam Reaume (69 kills), senior Abby Waldron (69 kills) and senior Delaney Powell (26 kills) are all back after making an impact at the net a season ago.
Players to Watch
Players are listed alphabetically
Carly Adams, King Philip – King Philip was a dangerous attacking team a season ago and Adams, the team’s setter, was the big reason why. Adams will be a catalyst in getting the Warriors’ offense going this season.
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro – There aren’t many players in the league with the experience that DiCenso has. Now a senior captain, DiCenso is in her fourth year as the starting setter for the Warriors and will be a key piece of the offense this season.
Jess Haradon, Mansfield – Haradon really impressed defensively in her first year on varsity and looks to do the same in 2016. The senior will look to continue as a defensive specialist after leading Mansfield with 264 digs a season ago.
Meg Hill, Mansfield – As just a sophomore, Hill led the Hornets in kills (222), and blocks (74). Now a year older, expect another strong attacking year at the net for the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year.
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames – McCarthy is another four year varsity player and will likely eclipse a setting milestone this season. OA has a handful of young attacking options but things will be easier for them with McCarthy as the setter.
Emily Moor, Taunton – Moor had the most kills in 2015 for players returning this season, which is good news for Taunton. As the Tigers look for new names to emerge in other spots, they can rely on the consistent offense of Moor.
Amelia Murphy, North Attleboro –North Attleboro graduated a great attacking threat in Sara Youssef but now have KP transfer Amelia Murphy at the net. Murphy has the ability to hit around the block, which is very difficult for defenses.
Nicole Poole, Canton Canton has been the team to beat in the Hock for a good stretch now, including last season with Poole setting up the offense. Canton will need new names to step up as attacking options but having Poole as the setter will make things easier.
Erin Skidmore, Franklin – Franklin is in need of some players to step up as attacking options and Skidmore is looking to be one option as she moves from the middle to the outside. The Panthers have a good balance this year and Skidmore looks to be one of their top attacking options.
Val Whalen, Stoughton – The junior returns after leading the Black Knights in kills a year ago. If the Black Knights can find a replacement at setter, Whalen could be a tough player to stop this season.
Volleyball D1 South
#7 Taunton, 3 @ #3 New Bedford, 1 – Final – New Bedford won the first set and jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the second set before Taunton rallied. The Tigers used a 7-1 run to get back in the game and then closed the set with a 5-2 run. The Tigers trailed 24-23 in the third set but rallied to grab a 26-24 win and a 2-1 lead. Taunton finished with a 19-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-20 win. Emily Moor had a team-high 12 kills, Alyssa Gibson had eight kills and Aimee Kistner and Sam Reaume each had five kills. Tatum Speicher had 28 assists and four digs and Meghan Navarro had eight digs.The Tigers advance to the D1 South Finals for the first time in school history and will take on #1 Barnstable on Saturday, 11/14 at 5:00 at Silver Lake Regional.
D1 Central East
#4 King Philip, 2 @ #1 Quincy, 3 – Final– King Philip bowed out to the top seed with a 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 14-16 marathon loss. Josie Rowean and Gwen Uyrus each had 15 kills for the Warriors, Amelia Murphy had eight kills and three blocks, Emma Lopez had 17 service points, Carly Adams registered 39 assists and Micaela Murray had six digs.
#3 Canton, 3 @ #2 Medway, 0 – Final – Canton won 25-19, 25-19, 25-20 to advance to the D2 Central Finals for the third time in the last four years. Canton will play #1 Westboro on Saturday, 11/7 at Hudson High School at 7:00.