Below are the official 2018 Hockomock League Volleyball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Lauren McGrath, Franklin
Hockomock League All Stars
Chelsea Calcagni, Attleboro
Nicole Brown, Canton
Erin Devine, Canton
Megan McDonough, Canton
Grace Boudreau, Foxboro
Lauren McGrath, Franklin
Riley Marino, Franklin
Ellie Wisniewski, Franklin
Catherine Waldeck, King Philip
Greenly Kelly, Mansfield
Sydney Sutton, Milford
Tatiana Sotelo, North Attleboro
Hayley Gaskin, North Attleboro
Sadie Homer, Oliver Ames
Allison Kemp, Oliver Ames
Jade Veth, Sharon
Hanna Holden, Stoughton
Molly Turner, Stoughton
McKenzie Lucie, Taunton
Anastasia Leonardo, Attleboro
Julia Minichiello, Canton
Pam Nelson, Foxboro
Margaret Doyle, Franklin
Nicole Coughlan, King Philip
Emily Dardinski, Mansfield
Nina Pinto, Milford
Kylie Melanson, North Attleboro
Jordan Bosse, Oliver Ames
Abby Fine, Sharon
Delaney Nagel, Stoughton
Kamila Cuevas, Taunton
The Panthers, who secured the Central-West sectional title in a dramatic five-set win, push the Raiders, champions of the South sectional, to the limit. But ultimately, Barnstable made one final run to come away with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) win and a return trip to the D1 State Final.
“I couldn’t really ask for more,” said first-year Franklin head coach Kelsey Weymouth. “They knew they’d have to be matched up with [Barnstable] eventually so why not the state semifinals? We prepared them the best we could for them, and for [Barnstable outside hitter] Riley James. We knew blocking was going to be key today, and we had some really good moments for our blocks, we just needed a little bit more. But honestly, what the girls did, how hard they worked, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The Raiders are a perennial power in the state, having won the D1 State title 13 times since 2000 and entered Tuesday night’s match without having lost a single set this year. While that didn’t change, Franklin gave Barnstable its toughest test of the season and scored more points (62) against the Raiders than any other team has in 2018.
“They are a good team,” said Barnstable head coach Tom Turco of the Panthers. “They have quick, fast athletes and they have nine seniors. We haven’t been pressed like that [this season]. We’ve played a lot of really good teams and they are one of them.”
Barnstable skated to a win in the South Sectional Final, beating New Bedford 25-3, 25-8, 25-16. It didn’t take long to see that Franklin was going to be a much bigger challenge.
Each time the Raiders tried to pull away in the first set, Franklin stuck around. Kills from Ellie Wisniewski, Allyson Bonnet-Eymard, and Hailey Sanders each answered a point from Barnstable to keep the deficit at three. Barnstable built a six point lead at 16-10, but a 4-1 run from the Panthers again made the lead three points.
But Barnstable senior Riley James, the state’s all-time leader in kills, showed off her skill. She had four kills (in the final eight points, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead. James finished with a season-high 24 kills in the match.
Franklin continued to battle in the second set, with six ties over the first 16 points, including at 8-8. Barnstable attempted to pull away at 12-9 but Franklin responded with a 4-1 run to knot the score at 13, getting a big kill from Maggie Doyle.
The Panthers got a nice kill from Wisniewski from the back row after a nice dig from Riley Marino to pull within one at 18-17 but were forced to call timeout when the Raiders won the next point. Barnstable went up 22-19 on a kill from Ingrid Murphy (16 kills) but Sanders landed a kill from the middle to get within two. After Barnstable went back up by three, the Panthers forced a hitting error to make it a two pint game again.
But once again, James was in the front row when the Raiders needed her most and she had two kills over the final three points to put Barnstable up 2-0.
“We wanted to have four hands on [James] at all times,” Weymouth said, We wanted two girls to block her wherever she went. We were right there…right there. But it is what it is, the girls worked so hard, they did great.
Barnstable went up 3-0 early in the third set but Franklin refused to fold. Franklin won seven of the next eight points to seize a 7-4 lead, highlighted by kills from Doyle, Sanders and Bonnet-Eymard — all on assists from senior Lauren McGrath.
Franklin kept its lead, and stretched it to 14-10 on a big block from senior Lily Galluccio to force Turco to take a timeout. The Panthers let Barnstable back in the game with three errors over the next four points to knot the score.
But Bonnet-Eymard sandwiched a pair of kills around a nice kill from McGrath to give Franklin a 19-16 lead, and again forcing a timeout from the Raiders.
The Panthers led 22-19 after a kill from Doyle, and 23-21 after a service error from the Raiders, and were on the verge of giving Barnstable its first set loss of the season. Franklin’s Doyle and Sanders found a lot of success attacking from the middle spot.
“We knew coming that [Barnstable] wasn’t very effective from the middle,” Weymouth said. “Our middles were super effective I thought. You can only run your offense so well if your serve receive is in system. There were times when we wanted to run the middle but the serve receive was a little off and we were forced to go outside. But our middles were huge, they were unstoppable when they were swinging. I’m so proud of these girls for making it this far.”
A kill from Murphy and a Franklin hitting error tied the game, and Murphy used a perfectly place push just over the net for the final point and the win.
Franklin volleyball finishes the season at 20-1.
In three postseason games, Franklin has gone to five sets all three times and has won all three of them.
That pattern held again in the Div. 1 Central/West final on Saturday evening at Wellesley High. Franklin cruised through the first two sets, demonstrating why the Panthers are still unbeaten, but then Shrewsbury rallied to win two straight and force a decisive final set. Franklin jumped out early to win the fifth set 15-5 and secure the program’s first-ever sectional title.
“You just have to work harder than the girls on the other side of the net, just want it, and I think it showed in the fifth set that they wanted it,” said first-year Franklin coach Kelsey Weymouth. “I’m beyond proud.”
Junior setter Lauren McGrath said, “We always have the energy but sometimes we doubt ourselves and we have to pick ourselves back up. We really proved that tonight in the fifth set; we came out strong.”
When asked how she felt to be the first Franklin team to win a sectional title, McGrath replied, “Amazing, I can’t even think right now. I’m blown away.”
Franklin was on a roll at the start of the match. The Panthers took their first lead at 8-7 of the opening set and never relinquished it, winning 25-22 to get the early advantage in the final. Defensively, the Panthers were tenacious, led by libero RRiley Marino, and didn’t allow the Colonials to find any rhythm.
“She’s a little spitball of fire,” Weymouth said of Marino. “Riley is probably one of the best defensive girls that I’ve seen in high school. She hustles every single ball, she’s always talking, she is always moving. Her heart is always in it.”
The dominant play continued in the second set, as Franklin took the lead at 9-8 and carried the lead all the way to a 25-21 win. Shrewsbury was struggling to keep up with the balance in the Panthers attack, which featured streaks from a number of hitters, including five kills in the second from Ellie Wisniewski and strong hitting in the middle from Maggie Doyle and Hailey Sanders.
The key to the Franklin attack was McGrath, who not only spread the ball around to all the hitters but always seemed to make the right decision as to who had the hot hand or who had the best look to beat the defense.
Weymouth said, “Lauren is good enough that she’ll put the ball to whoever is on. She does a very good job of spreading out the offense and knowing what time is right to go to what player.”
McGrath was asked how it feels to have so many weapons at her disposal as a setter and she responded, “It is the greatest thing in my life. I always get so excited. It’s awesome.”
Everything was going to plan for the Panthers until the start of the third set. It was as though a switch had been flipped and suddenly it was Shrewsbury dominating, the Colonials that never allowed a ball to hit the floor, and hitting every seam.
Franklin kept it close at first, trailing only 7-5, but then the Colonials rattled off five straight points to take control of the set. Peyton Arone subbed in for the Panthers to give the briefest of sparks, but Shrewsbury kept adding to its lead and won the set 25-17.
Any hope of the fourth set being different was put to rest quickly, as Shrewsbury raced out to a 9-2 lead. Serve-receive was a struggle, the Colonials were contesting every hit, and the Panthers couldn’t stem the momentum. Twice with Franklin hanging around, down by a handful of points, the teams put together long rallies filled with digs and great plays, but each time it was the Colonials that ended up with the point.
After Shrewsbury won the fourth 25-15, Weymouth gathered the team to refocus it on the task at hand – being the first to 15 points in the fifth. Whatever was said in that huddle seemed to work.
When the final set started, it was the Panthers from the start of the match that took the floor. Franklin pulled ahead 5-0 behind solid serving by Wisniewski and a kill from Allyson Bonnet-Eymard. Back-to-back kills by Doyle were followed by back-to-back kills by Lily Gallucio and a kill from Sanders. Suddenly it was 10-1 and it was Shrewsbury struggling to find any momentum.
“Having that first one under our belt gave them the confidence that we can do it,” said Weymouth. “I know going into a fifth set that we can do it. It was all on them.”
Wisniewski set up match point with a kill and Doyle finished it off with one of her own. The Panthers won the fifth set, the match, and the championship at a gallop.
Franklin (20-0) will advance to the state semifinal and will host perennial state power Barnstable.
Weymouth never won a sectional title as a player during a standout career at North Attleboro. The closest that she came was as a junior, when the Rocketeers lost to Barnstable in the South final. Although it is a different experience as a coach, she is enjoying every minute.
“It feels pretty great,” she explained. “I had been in their shoes and I wanted it for them. It’s huge and they deserve it more than anything.”
Facing a team widely considered the best in the state is a challenge, but McGrath is relishing the chance to show that Franklin belongs in the conversation.
“It’s the craziest thing,” she said. “We want it so bad. At the beginning of the season, we knew we’d be that strong team and we’re going to go out there and prove that we’re a damn good team.”
Today’s games are listed below.
#5 Canton, 0 vs. #12 Dartmouth, 1 – Final
#6 Oliver Ames, 1 vs. #11 Walpole, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.
#9 North Attleboro, 0 @ #8 Hopkinton, 2 – Final –
#13 Foxboro, 2 @ #4 Quincy, 1 – Final – Foxboro scored a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the second half to earn an upset on the road at Quincy. After a scoreless first half, Shane VandenBoom opened the scoring by heading in a cross from Matt Garcia just a minute into the second half. In the 45th minute, VandenBoom got his second goal by heading in a corner from Joe Cusack. Quincy scored in the 74th minute. Foxboro advances to the D2 South Quarterfinal and will visit #12 Dartmouth (10-8-1) on Tuesday at 6:00.
#11 Franklin, 0 @ #6 Hingham, 1 – Final
#3 Foxboro, 1 vs. #14 Medfield, 0 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
#1 Foxboro, 2 vs. #8 Cohasset, 2 – Final (Cohasset wins 4-3 in shootout) – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
#2 Franklin, 3 vs. #7 Concord-Carlisle, 2 – Final – Franklin survived an upset bid from Concord-Carlisle, escaping with 3-2 win to advance (25-10, 25-15, 21-25, 24-26, 15-13). Lauren McGrath set a program-record with 55 assists to put the offense in motion while Ellie Wisniewski (11 digs, three aces) had a strong game at the net with 21 kills. Allyson Bonnet-Eymard (eight digs) added 15 kills, Hailey Sanders finished with 11 kills, Maggie Doyle (four blocks) chipped in with eight kills, and Riley Marino anchored the defense with 21 digs. Franklin advances to the D1 Central-West Semifinal and will play the winner of #3 Hopkinton and #11 Shephard Hill on a date and time to be determined.
Today’s games are listed below.
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 4 – Final – Will Halben set up two goals and scored one himself, leading the Bombardiers to a big win at home. Halben had two assists in the opening half, setting up sophomore Justin Lurssen twice as the Bombardiers took a 2-0 advantage into halftime. Joey Soucy and Halben scored in the second half for Attleboro.
Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Sharon scored first and last, the final tally in the final five minutes to earn a draw with visiting Foxboro. Junior Michael Baur opened the scoring on a corner kick to put the Eagles up 1-0. Foxboro tied things up with under two minutes to go in the first half when Dylan Barreira finished off a service from Brian Gardner. Gardner put Foxboro ahead in the second half with his first career goal, getting on the end of a service from Joe Cusack. Baur brought the Eagles level with a penalty kick in the 76th minute.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – After a scoreless first half, Franklin scored a pair of goals early in the second half to earn a victory over visiting Oliver Ames. Tim Duval opened the scoring for the Panthers off an assist from Nitin Chaudhury. Before the 50th minute, the Panthers added to their lead when Nick Barry set up Donny Tappin to make it 2-0.
Mansfield, 1 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Mansfield grabbed the lead late in the first half and fended off the Warriors the rest of the way to grab two points on the road. Freshman Dylan Buchanan headed in a corner kick from Luke Savoie in the 32nd minute for the game-winner. Cam Bovey made eight saves for the Hornets to record the shutout.
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 9 – Final – Milford junior Walisson de Oliveira scored three goals in the first half as the Hawks picked up a big win at home. de Oliveira finished with four goals and an assist as Milford assumed a 4-0 lead at half. Anthony Salvador and Omar Lema each had a goal and an assist, and Lucas Da Silva and Pedro Da Silva each scored once for Milford. Leo Coelho, Jordan Borges, and Tiago Carvalho all had one assist. Stoughton’s Ted Lucas scored his second goal of the season, heading in a corner from John Neves.
Attleboro @ Taunton, 6:30
North Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Canton scored less than a minute into the contest but North Attleboro was able to pull even before the break, and that’s how the game finished. After the Bulldogs seized a 1-0 lead in the first minute, North Attleboro’s Ashlyn Gaulin scored in the 19th minute off an assist from Kayla Pasqual to level the score. North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace said Haley Ferrin, Lydia Santos, Bri Westcott and Sam Hawkins played well in the middle for Big Red.
Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final – Foxboro earned a big win at home and clinched the Davenport division title outright, the program’s first Hock championships since 1993. Lizzy Davis had a goal (assisted by Kailee McCabe) and two assists, setting up Jordyn Collins twice as Foxboro rolled at home. Collins also had an assist, setting up Kenzi Fraser. Kailee McCabe, Katelyn Mollica, and Yara Fawaz all scored once for Foxboro.
Franklin, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames took a 1-0 lead late in the first half but Franklin equalized early in the second half to help the Panthers grab a point on the road. Daniella Ferrini put OA ahead in the 38th minute but Sam Powderly tied things up in the 44th minute on an assist from Anna Balkus. Bre Atwood had 10 saves in net for the Panthers while Emily Meyers and Emma O’Donnell both had strong games in net for the Tigers.
King Philip, 2 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
Milford, 5 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Stoughton’s goal was scored by Gabi Diaz on an assist from Nicole Weir.
Taunton, 1 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Taunton scored just seconds into the game and held on the rest of the way to earn the win and punch its ticket to the postseason. Alana Tavares scored 22 seconds into the game on an assist from Cierra Bartel for the lone goal of the game. Taunton coach Liz Hathaway said Jocelyn Pagliuca, Jillian Pagliuca, and Lauren Torres all had strong games and goalie Emma Sheehan made 11 saves for the shutout.
Canton, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final
Foxboro, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Franklin raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back against visiting Oliver Ames. Regan Paterson (from Ashley Reutlinger) opened the scoring in the 7th minute, Amanda Lewandowski (from Cassi Ronan) made it 2-0 in the 11th minute, and Victoria Quinn (from Lewandowski) scored in the 18th minute for the 3-0 lead. Ronan (from Lewandowski) made it 4-0 midway through the second half. Georgia Costello got the Tigers on the board on an assists from Kayla Lozzi. Anna Jardine had eight saves for the Panthers while Kara Orstrander made 10 saves for the Tigers.
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game – Stoughton opened the scoring before the midway point of the opening half but Milford knotted the game before the break, and that’s how the game finished. After a good hustle play from Brittani Paul, Haley Nelson put a shot on goal and Allie Howe knocked in the rebound to put Stoughton up 1-0. In the 23rd minute, Milford’s Tatiana Martinez found classmate Kathryn Swineford open in front for the tying goal.
Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – King Philip scored once in each half to earn a hard fought win over visiting Mansfield. The Warriors took the lead in the 18th minute when Claire Lawler found the back of the cage on a pass from Meghan MacDonald. KP added an insurance goal at the midway point of the second half as Alli Meehan scored on an assist from Kate Lindmark.
Taunton, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Attleboro defended its home court, knocking off visiting Taunton 3-2 (26-24, 25-15, 15-25, 21-25, 15-10). Attleboro won the first two sets but Taunton rallied to tie it 2-2 before the Bombardiers prevailed in the fifth set. Ana Leonardo had 13 assists, six kills, and four aces, Amanda Kadisveskis added seven kills, five blocks, three aces, and three assists, and Chelsea Calcagni finished with eight kills and a pair of aces for the Bombardiers.
Canton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – After falling behind 1-0, the Rocketeers rattled off three straight wins to stun the Bulldogs, 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-23). Hayley Gaskin paced the North Attleboro offense while 41 assists with Tatiana Sotelo (22 kills) and Kylie Melanson (18 kills) leading the charge at the net. For Canton, Erin Devine had 10 kills and five blocks, and Nicole brown finished with 28 assists, 20 digs, and four kills.
Foxboro, 0 @ Sharon, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin took care of business on its home court, handing Oliver Ames a 3-0 loss (25-17, 25-17, 25-18). Lauren McGrath dished out 26 assists for the Panthers with Maggie Doyle (four aces) recording nine kills and Lily Galluccio adding seven kills. Riley Marino anchored the Panther defense with 12 digs. For Oliver Ames, Jordan Bosse had 12 kills, Allie Kemp handed out 20 assists and Sadie Homer finished with 23 digs.
Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip defended home court with a 3-0 sweep of Mansfield (25-18, 25-21, 25-11). Shayla Weitzman had a strong game for the Warriors with eight aces, nine digs, and 18 service points, Nicole Coughlan added eight kills and three blocks, and Lily Carlow chipped in with seven digs and a pair of aces. Emily Dardinski led the Hornet offense with six kills, while Greenly Kelly and Olivia McGrath each finished with five kills apiece.
Stoughton, 3 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Stoughton prevailed with a 3-2 win on the road over Milford. Delaney Nagel went on a tear at the service line, finishing with seven aces in the fifth set to help the Knights grab the win. Amaya Morris led the Black Knights offensively with 14 kills and 12 blocks, while Molly Turner and Hanna Holden combined for 21 kills.
Today’s games are listed below.
Sharon, 0 @ Attleboro, 5 – Final – Attleboro built a 4-0 advantage at halftime and never looked back in a win over the visiting Eagles. Anna Beck led the offensive charge, netting three goals while Amanda Burns and Genevieve Takian each found the back of the net once for the Bombardiers.
Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – Taunton took a 1-0 lead into half and had a 2-1 lead in the second half but Canton scored two straight goals to grab two points on the road. Caitlin Connors gave the Tigers the lead on an assist from Rosemary McGrath. After Canton tied it, Alana Tavares put Taunton back in front on an assist from Hannah Blackwell. Emma Sheehan had 10 saves in net for Taunton.
Foxboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – Franklin’s Ashley Reutlinger scored at 1:11 of the second half to help the Panthers earn a tie against Foxboro. Reutlinger’s goal was assisted by Regan Paterson. Christina Luccini made 10 saves in net and Marissa Canesi had a strong game defensively for the Panthers.
North Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 7 – Final – King Philip’s Claire Lawler and Alli Meehan each had three points as the Warriors rolled to a big win at home. Meehan scored a hat trick while Lawler scored once and had two assists. Kate Lindmark also had multiple points, notching two assists while Meghan MacDonald (assist), Dana Truini (assist), and Nicole Connor (goal) each had one point.
Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final
Sharon, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Click here for a Photo Gallery from this game. After a back and forth contest, Attleboro broke into the win column with a 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 11-25, 15-11) decision over Sharon. Ana Leonardo paced the offense with 15 assists and four kills, Amanda Kadeseveski had five blocks, four kills, and two aces, and Chelsea Calcagni had 10 kills, six aces, three digs, and a block for the Bombardiers.
Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Canton went on the road and earned a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-23, 25-16) over host Taunton. For Canton, Taylor Harris had 11 kills, two aces, and 12 digs, Erin Devine added six kills and three blocks, Nicole Brown had 14 assists, 11 digs and five kills, and Megan McDonough held the defense together and tallied 20 digs. For Taunton, Kamila Cuevas had a strong game at the net with nine kills and Hailey Sullivan made her presence felt in the back row, with 26 passes and six digs.
Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin improved to 10-0 overall this season with a 3-0 win over Foxboro (25-12, 25-13, 25-16). Ellie Wisniewski (five aces) and Peyton Arone (two aces) paced the offense with seven kills apiece, Riley Marino had 13 digs, and Lauren McGrath continued to have a strong season with 27 assists.
North Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip defended home court with a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-12, 25-21) over visiting North Attleboro. The Warriors were led by the strong attacking trio of Nicole Coughlan (11 kills, 11 service points), Catherine Waldeck (eight kills, three blocks), and Kristen Masse (five kills).
Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Oliver Ames fended off visiting Milford to earn a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-15, 25-23). Jordan Bosse had a strong game for the Tigers, recording 13 kills, 10 digs, and two aces. Sadie Homer added 28 digs and Allie Kemp finished with 25 assists for the Tigers.
Stoughton, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Stoughton picked up its seventh win of the season, earning a 3-1 (25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 25-16) over Mansfield. Molly Turner led the way for the Black Knights, recording 21 service points including eight aces, 13 kills and 18 digs. Hanna Holden and Mia Bennett were strong on defense, combining for 42 digs in the win. For Mansfield, Greenly Kelly had 11 kills and eight service points while Katie Dardinski and Abby Sullivan each had eight service points.
Attleboro, 172 @ Mansfield, 158 – Final – Mansfield sophomore Ava Haggis was the match medalist, shooting a 38 to pace the Hornets to a win at Norton Country Club. Sophomores Nate Morreale, Ryan Dow, and Jason See each shot a 40 for the Hornets. Attleboro’s Ethan Johnson had a team-low round of 40 while Ben Wood carded a 42.
Canton, 161 @ Sharon, 153 – Final – Sharon senior Corey Carter and sophomore Ethan Skelly each shot 2-under par to pace the Eagles to a key division win over Canton. Carter and Skelly each shot 34, senior Max Brody carded a 41 and senior Sam Fergenbaum finished at 44. Canton’s Chris Lavoie had a team-low round of 38, Tommy Dimock and Mike Leonetti each shot 40, and Ryan Nolte added a round of 43 for the Bulldogs.
Taunton, 189 @ Franklin, 167 – Final – Matt D’Errico earned match medalist honors as the Panthers notched a win at Franklin Country Club. D’Errico shot a round of 40 to pace the Panthers while Gerard Collins chipped in with a 42 for Franklin.
Foxboro, 161 @ Milford, 172 – Final
North Attleboro, 161 @ Oliver Ames, 150 – Final – Oliver Ames defended its home course with a win over visiting North Attleboro. Nolan Donze and Thomas Walsh shared team medalist honors, each finishing with a round of 37 to lead the Tigers. Steve Heino and Ryan Bock each shot 38 in OA’s win. Matt Wanless earned match medalist honors, leading the Rocketeers with a 35.
Boys Cross Country
Taunton, 50 @ Franklin, 15 – Final
Girls Cross Country
Taunton, 35 @ Franklin, 20 – Final – Franklin senior Julia Fenerty earned her first career cross country win and the Panthers swept the top three spots in a win over Taunton. Fenerty crossed in 19:21 while Kat Walbert and Sydney Hawkins took second and third, respectively, for the Panthers. Taunton’s Kailey Melito-Santos was the top finisher for the Tigers, taking fourth overall.
Top 10: 1. Julia Fenerty (Frank, 19:21) 2. Kat Walbert (Frank, 19:25) 3. Sydney Hawkins (Frank, 19:37) 4. Kailey Melito-Santos (Tau, 19:59) 5. Sarah Giuliano (Frank, 20:02) 6. Lily Valcovic (Tau, 20:15) 7. Olivia Weber (Tau, 20:15) 8. Olivia Dias (Tau, 20:16) 9. Mary Viera (Frank, 20:17) 10. Nia Mainer-Smith (Tau, 20:43).
Today’s games are listed below.
Sharon, 1 @ Taunton, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 0 vs. Quincy, 4 – Final – Quincy scored twice in each half to pull out the victory. Sophomores Nolan Gerome and Mateus Ribeiro made their first varsity starts for the Black Knights and Fabio Ponce de Leon made his return from injury to help bolster the Stoughton midfield and create several scoring opportunities.
Taunton, 1 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Emily Griffin and Maxine Gordon scored the goals for Sharon to help the Eagles pick up their first win of the season. Jessie Taurnoff had an assist for the Eagles. Emily O’Gara scored the Taunton goal, assisted by Khy Camaro. Izzy Anslow made four saves in the loss.
Stoughton, 1 @ Quincy, 7 – Final – Maggie Veliotis scored the lone goal for the Black Knights.
North Attleboro, 1 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Anna Beck scored with a penalty stroke in the second half for Attleboro’s goal.
Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Alli Meehan scored both of the goals for the Warriors to help KP win the battle of defending league champs. Meehan scored the first goal after nine minutes with an unassisted run through the Canton defense and the second off an assist from Nicole Connor. Grace May made two saves in the win and Sammy Robinson played well in the KP defense.
Foxboro, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Sophia DiCenso scored a hat trick and Jaime Notarangelo added a goal for the Warriors. Hannah Stryke scored with two minutes remaining in the game off a Maggie Woods assist. OA was helped going forward in the second half by Brynna Courneen, Cassie Gennis, Kayla Lozzi, and Woods.
Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 8 – Final – Amanda Lewandowski led the way for the Panthers with two goals and two assists to help Franklin pull away in the second half. Regan Paterson had a hat trick and Victoria Quinn and Cassi Ronan each had a goal and an assist for the win. Ashley Reutlinger scored once and Emma DiPhillipo had an assist, while Anna Jardine had five saves in the win. Kayla Laboy made 11 saves for the Black Knights.
Sharon, 0 @ Taunton, 6 – Final
Milford @ Mansfield, 3:45
North Attleboro, 3 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final – North took the fifth set 15-9 to pull out the victory. The Rocketeers won 25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 25-27, 15-9. Chelsea Calcagni had eight aces, one dig and nine kills in the loss, while Ana Leonardo had five aces and 16 assists and Amanda Kadesevskis had five aces, four kills, and three blocks for the Bombardiers.
Canton, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – Canton won 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15 in a back and forth match. The Bulldogs battled back from 20-12 and 24-20 down in the opening set thanks to strong serving from Julia Minichiello. KP also led 11-4 in the second set and went on to even the match. Canton held on to win the final two sets after several lead changes. Erin Devine had nine kills and eight blocks in the win and Megan McDonough had 15 digs. Canton also got five kills and 15 digs from Taylor Harris, while Nicole Brown had a strong all-around game with 18 assists, 13 digs, and five kills. Caroline Robertson had eight kills for the Warriors, who also got seven kills and three aces from Nicole Coughlin, five kills from Katherine Waldeck, and three kills and two digs from Kat Kmetz.
Foxboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – OA won 25-18, 25-14, 25-14. Sarah Litwack had 20 assists and led the Tigers on and off the floor in the win. Sadie Homer had 27 digs and three aces and Jackie Raymond had nine kills, six aces, and three blocks in the win.
Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – The Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-13 victory. Ellie Wisnieswki had seven kills and nine digs for the Panthers. Maggie Doyle had five kills and five solo blocks and was a force at the net for Franklin. Hailey Sanders and Peyton Arone each added five kills, libero Riley Marino had 10 digs and a pair of aces, and setter Lauren McGrath had 30 assists and five aces for a very balanced Franklin attack.
Milford, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – The Hawks won the match in four sets (21-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-22). Greenly Kelly had 14 services points for the Hornets, while Emily Dardinski had 10 kills and Olivia McGrath had six kills in the loss.
Sharon, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Oliver Ames, 151 @ Attleboro, 155 – Final – Despite Attleboro’s lowest team score of the season, OA pulled out the victory by four strokes. Thomas Walsh led the way with a one-under round of 34, while Jared Spillane, Ryan Bock, Bradley Powers, and Tate Hadges all shot rounds of 39. Ethan Johnson matched the low round for Attleboro with a 34 and Jake Moulton shot a 38. Ben Wood shot a 40 and Jack Handy a 43 for the Bombardiers
Canton, 169 @ King Philip, 168 – Final – KP pulled off a 1-stroke win against Canton to even its record on the season. Nate Ihley shot a 39 to lead the way for the Warriors, matched by a 39 from Canton’s Mike Leonetti. Kayla Schuberth, Jared Curran, and Jack Hastry all shot rounds of 43 for KP. Mike Gobbi and Thomas Singleton each carded a 43 for the Bulldogs and Ryan Nolte shot a 44.
Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 206 – Final – Matt D’Errico shot the low round of the day for Franklin, carding a 39 in the win.
Milford, 193 @ Foxboro, 176 – Final
North Attleboro, 169 @ Stoughton, 184 – Final – Luke Bainton of Stoughton and Jillian Barend of North shot co-medalist rounds of 40. Aidan Weir and Matt Wanless each carded a 42 in the win.
Today’s games are listed below.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Both sides had a handful of chances but couldn’t convert as each team took a point from the draw. Oliver Ames goalie Jacob Lerman an Attleboro keeper Andre Menard both had strong outings.
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Canton scored once and each half, rolling to a win over visiting Stoughton. Griffin Roach put the Dogs up 1-0 midway through the first half, finishing off a throw-in from Paul Corcoran. Early in the second half, Simon Cruz doubled the hosts’ lead, burying a corner kick. Stoughton’s Ryan Reis had a pair of chances late for the visitors, with a header and a volley, but Canton goalie Alejandro Correal made the save both times. Stoughton goalie Carter Gerome finished with 17 saves.
Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 4 – Final – Walisson de Oliveira scored a hat trick to pace the Hawks to a big win over visiting Foxboro. Sophomore Leo Coelho opened the scoring in the 10th minute for the Hawks, de Oliveira doubled the lead in the 25th minute, and then tallied twice in the second half. Coelho scored on a through ball from Jordan Borges, who also set de Oliveira up to make it 2-0. In the second half, de Oliveira scored directly off a free kick, finding the top corner, and then again off a counter. Josh Orellana made four saves for the shutout in his season debut while Zach Browne and Joao Boaventura played well defensively for the Hawks.
Franklin, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Mansfield senior Luke Savoie continued his hot start to the season, scoring a pair of goals in the Hornets’ win over Franklin. After a throw from Cam Eddy, freshman Dylan Buchanan found Savoie to put the Hornets up 1-0 in the 22nd minute. And just before halftime, Graham Wells played Savoie in behind the defense and the senior finished one-on-one with the keeper. Anthony Salisbury (five saves) and Cam Bovey (five saves) combined for the shutout for Mansfield.
Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – King Philip carried the play and threatened to scored but settled for a scoreless draw with Taunton. Brian McCarthy, Andrew Thompson, and Wes Orzell had strong games defensively while goalie Nick Beltramini came up big on a handful of occasions for the Warriors.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Attleboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Camryn O’Connor scored the game-winner for OA in the final two minutes of the game. Daniella Ferrini gave the Tigers the lead 1-0 at the break (assisted by Leah Johnson), but the Bombardiers evened the score in the second half. OA coach Britt Sellmayer said Maeve Hogan and Emma Pereira played well.
Canton, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Stoughton coach Tara Daniels credited Gabi Diaz and Corina Kavanagh for holding things together for the Black Knights defense.
Foxboro, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Kailee McCabe scored a pair of goals and had an assist for the Warriors, while Grace Ferguson, Lizzie Davis, and Jordyn Collins each scored one in the win. Katelyn Mollica, Alyssa Vandenboom and Davis each had an assist. Foxboro coach Katie Stalcup said that the Warriors got off to a slow start but “once we found our game we took control of the game.”
Mansfield, 1 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
Sharon, 0 @ North Attleboro, 8 – Final – Ashlyn Gaulin had four goals and two assists to lead North Attleboro to a big win. Haley Ferrin scored the opener for North with a header on a corner, Lydia Santos had a brace and Lily Cameron added a goal on a penalty kick. Kayla Pasquel had three assists and Liv Bishop had one. Emma Noreck and Regan Fein split time in net to keep the clean sheet.
King Philip, 8 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – Avery Snead and Chloe Layne each scored hat tricks, as KP picked up a big road win to stay atop the Kelley-Rex division. Snead opened the scoring off a Layne assist 20 minutes into the game and then Layne doubled the lead off a Faye Veilleux assist five minutes later. Megan Flanagan scored of an Alex Wapenski assist in the 37th to cut the lead in half (the first goal KP has allowed this season), but the Warriors scored five times after the break. Abby Baker scored off an Ally Stanton assist a minute into the second half, Snead scored from Layne four minutes later, and Layne scored from Snead in the 47th minute. Kiana Fernandes got one back with a goal from Paige Tolan, but then Snead scored unassisted for KP, Layne scored from Makayla Griffin, and Jenny Montville tacked on an unassisted goal in the 76th minute. Grace Pimenta made four saves and Izzy Anslow made nine for the Tigers.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames scored two goals in the first half and added an insurance tally in the second in a win over Attleboro. Sophomore Hannah Stryke gave the Tigers the lead with 11:26 left in the first half, finishing off a feed from Cassie Gennis. Gennis’ shot was tipped by Georgia Costello five minutes later to make it 2-0 heading into half. In the second half, Meghan Rockey capitalized on a rebound off the pads on a penalty corner in the second half to secure the win. Kara Ostrander in goal had 5 saves to secure her first shutout of the season. Attleboro’s Shaelyn Harrison had eight saves in net for the Bombardiers.
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Foxboro, 6 – Final
Franklin, 2 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – For Franklin, Regan Patterson and Amanda Lewandowski each had first half goals but the Panthers fell on the road to Mansfield. Cassi Ronan set Paterson up at the 22nd mark of the first half while Maeve Ledwith assisted on Lewandowski’s goal just over four minutes later. Anna Jardine made 11 saves in net for Franklin.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – “It was a great team effort from top to bottom,” said KP co-head coach Erin MacDonald. The Warriors scored twice in each half in the win. Nicole Connor (from Kate Lindmark) and Claire Lawlor (from Alli Meehan) put the hosts ahead 2-0 after 30 minutes of play. Connor made it 3-0 on an assist from Meehan, and Meehan capped the scoring (assisted by Lindmark).
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames went on the road and recorded a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-16, 25-13). OA freshman Hailey Bourne stepped up and had a great serving game for the Tigers. Senior Sadie Homer added 16 digs, Allie Kemp finished with 15 assists, and Jordan Bosse chipped in with 12 kills and two aces. For Attleboro, Chelsea Calgagni had nine kills and an ace, Faith Hindy added two aces, and Ana Leonardo (two aces) dished out 13 assists.
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton defended home court with a sweep over Davenport rival Stoughton (25-20, 25-21, 25-17). Julia Minichiello anchored the defense with an impressive performance for the Bulldogs, finishing with nine digs while adding 22 service points (three aces). Olivia Chinsen added 10 assists, four kills, and four aces while Nicole Brown and Taylor Harris combined for 16 kills. CHS head coach Pat Cawley said Liz Bickett impressed in her first varsity start, playing a strong match at the net.
Milford, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Franklin senior Lauren McGrath went on a 9-0 service run during the third set to help the Panthers put away a pesky Mansfield side, 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-5). McGrath also had 25 assists and two aces while Riley Marino added seven digs and two aces. Maggie Doyle had a team-high eight kills and three blocks, Ellie Wisniewski added seven kills, Peyton Arone chipped in with six kills, and Hailey Sanders finished with five kills for Franklin. For Mansfield, Sam Sternberg had 11 digs, Katie Dardinski had five digs, and Olivia McGrath finished with six kills.
Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip used strong serving to knock off visiting Taunton, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21). Kat Kmetz (two kills) had 11 aces and a total of 17 service points while Grace Ely (11 kills) added five aces with 10 service points. Nicole Coughlan added five kills and two blocks while Caroline Robertson finished with four kills and two blocks for King Philip. For Taunton, McKenzie Lucie (ace) led the back row with 10 digs and Kamila Cuevas had a strong game at the net.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – After splitting the first two sets, North Attleboro edged the Eagles in each of the net two to get the win on the road (25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17). Kylie Melanson went on a terrific service run in the first set to get the Rocketeers back in it and finished with eight kills. Joanna Collins-Bilyeu had 19 assists and Hayley Gaskin added 12 assists for Big Red.
Boys Cross Country
Mansfield, 15 @ Attleboro, 45 – Final – Mansfield senior Paxton Howard crossed the finish line in just under 16 minutes to lead the Hornets to a win. Mansfield had the top six finishers and eight of the top 10. Attleboro sophomore Nate Seybert was the top runner for the Bombardiers, finishing seventh overall.
Top 10: 1. Paxton Howard (Mans, 15:59) 2. Patrick Heavey (Mans, 16:01) 3. Peter Sullivan (Mans, 16:02) 4. Justin Miller (Mansfield, 16:05) 5. Cullen Lancaster (Mans, 16:07) 6. Mike Mullahy (Mans, 16:08) 7. Nate Seybert (Att, 16:30) 8. Ben Thibeault (Mans, 17:24) 10. Sam Donnellan (Mans, 17:28).
Foxboro, 29 @ Canton, 26 – Final – Foxboro’s Ryan Proulx took first in the race but Canton took three of the next four finishes to edge the Warriors in the meet. Kyle Downing was Canton’s top runner, taking second overall with teammate Alex Maddestra coming in right behind for third. Canton’s Jack Hernon’s was fifth overall at 20:07.
Top 10: 1. Ryan Proulx (Fox, 18:41) 2. Kyle Downing (Can, 19:04) 3. Alex Maddestra (Can, 19:09) 4. Trey Lawson (Fox, 19:32) 5. Jack Hernon (Can, 20:07) 6. Patrick Piscitelli (Fox, 20:24) 7. Chris Rota (Can, 20:59) 8. Nate Palter (Fox, 21:22) 9. Ryan Carney (Can, 21:37) 10. Paxton Downs (Fox, 21:43).
King Philip, 36 @ Franklin, 23 – Final – Franklin took four of the top six spots and seven of the top 10 to earn a victory over King Philip. Junior Tyler Brogan took first with 16:22, edging out King Philip’s Mike Griffin. Franklin senior Michael Hagen was third while sophomore Nicholas Calitri and senior Dylan Kehoe were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Top 10: 1. Tyler Brogan (Frank, 16:22) 2. Mike Griffin (KP, 16:28) 3. Michael Hagen (Frank, 16:46) 4. Mike Norberg (KP, 17:25) 5. Nicholas Calitri (Frank, 17:49) 6. Dylan Kehoe (Frank, 17:50) 7. Eric DeLorenzo (KP, 17:54) 8. Ryan Goldman (Frank, 18:05) 9. Camden Harrington (Frank, 18:14) 10. Mitchell Regan (Frank, 18:26).
Sharon, 19 @ Milford, 38 – Final – Sharon grabbed first, second, and third and ran away with a win over Milford. Senior Alex Starovoytov had the top time, clocking in at 16:49 to win the race. Junior Jacob Dubin and sophomore Jordan Saks took second and third, respectively, for the Eagles. Miflord’s Gianni Pumo was the top runner for the Hawks, taking fourth.
Top 10: 1 Alex Starovoytov, (Sha, 16:49) 2. Jacob Dubin (Sha, 17:09) 3. Jordan Saks (Sha, 17:10) 4. Gianni Pumo (Mil, 17:22) 5. Max Manor (Mil, 17:22.3) 6. James Gong (Sha, 17:24), 7. Siddarth Reddy (Sha, 17:38) 8. Chris Berthrong (Mil, 17:48) 9. Brendan O’Shaughnessy (Mil, 17:53) 10. Jared Osofsky (Sha, 17:56).
Stoughton @ North Attleboro, 3:45
Taunton, 37 @ Oliver Ames, 18 – Final
Girls Cross Country
Mansfield, 23 @ Attleboro, 32 – Final – Mansfield senior Maggie Riley had a 43 second PR from a season ago, taking second overall at 19:05 to help the Hornets beat the Bombardiers. Attleboro’s Shea Jamieson took first but the Hornets had second, third (Tessa Lancaster), fifth (Emma Lamson), sixth (Brinly Meelia) and seventh (Jessica Alestock), the last three spots clinching the win for Mansfield.
Top 10: Shea Jamieson (Att, 18:57) 2. Maggie Riley (Mans, 19:05) 3. Tessa Lancaster (Mans, 19:17) 4. Kelly Neuendorf (Att, 20:11) 5. Emma Lamson (Mans, 20:14) 6. Brinly Meelia (Mans, 20:32) 7. Jessica Alestock (Mans, 20:35) 8. Kimberly Esteban (Att, 21:33) 9. Mackenzie Wildrick (Att, 21:34) 10. Diana Blouin (Att, 21:51).
Foxboro, 17 @ Canton, 43 – Final – Foxboro had the top three runners in the meet and eight of the top 10 in a big win at Canton. Abby Hassman and Lexi Quinn each crossed at 22:24 to pace the Warriors while Lindsey Nelson was third for Foxboro. Canton’s Chloe Pennacchio took fourth overall as the top runner for the Bulldogs.
Top 10: T1. Abby Hassman (Fox, 22:24) T1. Lexi Quinn (Fox, 22:24) 3. Lindsey Nelson (Fox, 22:28) 4. Chloe Pennacchio (Can, 23:52) 5. Jill Finn (Fox, 24:43) 6. Jenn Yeomans (Fox, 24:48) 7. Kayla Wong (Can, 26:08) 8. Amy Conley (Fox, 26:15) 9. Emily Steele (Fox, 26:22) 10. Isabel Hallal (Fox, 27:16).
King Philip, 30 @ Franklin, 27 – Final – King Philip had the top two finishers but Franklin’s depth paid off, taking the next three spots and five of the top eight spots. KP’s Maya Evans was first followed by teammate Ryenn Hart. Franklin’s Julia Fenerty, Sidney Hawks, and Kat Walbert were third, fourth, and fifth overall, respectively.
Top 10: 1. Maya Evans (KP, 20:49) 2. Ryenn Hart (KP, 21:01) 3. Julia Fenerty (Frank, 22:01), 4. Sidney Hawkins (Frank, 22:53) 5. Kat Walbert (Frank, 23:03) 6. Abi Simmons (KP, 23:07) 7. Brandi Osborne (Frank, 23:13) 8. Sara Giuiano (Frank, 23:17) 9. Ava Pisani (KP, 23:32) 10. Erin Barry (Frank, 23:38).
Sharon, 21 @ Milford, 38 – Final
Top 10: 4. Lexi Marcolini (Mil, 21:51) 5. Sara Comisky (Mil, 22:10) 6. Lilian Thibeault (Mil, 22:35).
Stoughton @ North Attleboro, 3:45
Taunton, 23 @ Oliver Ames, 35 – Final
Franklin, 165 @ Attleboro, 178 – Final – Franklin’s Matt D’Errico earned match medalist honors, carding a round of 39 to pace the Panthers to a win at Stone-E-Lea over Attleboro. Jack Paterson added a 40 and Quinten Faro carded a 40 for Franklin. For Attleboro, Jake Moulton had a team-low round of 42.
Oliver Ames, 160 @ King Philip, 176 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Liam Barry shot a medalist round of 37 at Wentworth Hills to help the Tigers beat King Philip. Nolan Donze shot a 38 for OA while Jared Spillane added a 42 and Thomas Walsh carded a round of 43.
Sharon, 153 @ North Attleboro, 168 – Final – Sharon had three golfers shoot under 40 on the North course at Heather Hill to beat North Attleboro. Ethan Skelly shot a 1-under par round of 35 to earn medalist honors, Sam Fergenbaum shot an even par 36, and Corey Carter was 1-over at 37. North Attleboro’s Matt Wanless had a team-low round of 41 while Marcus Costa and Aidan Weir each shot 42 on the day.
Stoughton, 189 @ Milford, 168 – Final – Milford’s Riley Lynch earned medalist honors, carding a match-low round of 40. Justin Applebee chipped in with a 41 and Alex Klosen shot a 42 for the Scarlet Hawks.
Franklin’s balanced offense was on full display on Wednesday evening, with five players registering at least four kills to help the Panthers sweep visiting King Philip, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-16).
Senior Ellie Wisniewski (three aces) and sophomore Allyson Bonnet-Eymard (seven digs) tied for a team-high eight kills from the outside hitter spot, senior Hailey Sanders (two blocks) added five kills from the right side, and senior middle Maggie Doyle (three blocks) was responsible for four kills.
And on top of that, setter Lauren McGrath (27 assists, two aces) provided an extra offensive punch with five kills.
“No matter who is in the front row, I have confidence in them,” Weymouth said. “It’s a reassuring feeling knowing that whoever is up there, I have confidence they will put the balls down.
“And Lauren is a versatile setter, she knows how to run an offense, she knows when to put the ball to a certain player. Those four hitters [Sanders, Wisniewski, Doyle, Bonnet-Eymard] know how to work hard, find spots and put the ball down.”
The balance came in handy in an incredibly tight first set. Franklin’s largest lead was four points (three occasions) while King Philip led by three (9-6) early on. The set was tied on eight occasions, including at 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19.
Bonnet-Eymard, Wisniewski, and Sanders each had two kills in the opening set. Holding a 21-20 lead, Bonnet-Eymard smashed down a kill to put the Panthers up by two. Back-to-back errors from KP pushed Franklin near set point. The Panthers had two errors of their own but clinched the set with a net infraction.
“In this environment, against a team like that, for the girls to come out and win that first was a big confidence booster,” Weymouth said. “We knew this wouldn’t be an easy game against KP, it never is. I told the girls that as long as they push every single point and make them do the work, we’ll be fine. We had to be ready for them to come back but the girls did a nice job staying on the attack.”
When KP had its largest lead of the opening set (9-6), Franklin responded with a 7-0 run to force a King Philip timeout. Two Warrior errors sandwiched a kill from Franklin’s Emma Chase to knot it 9-9.
McGrath caught the defense with a dump on the second touch for a kill, Bonnet-Eymard followed with an ace, and Wisniewski slammed down back-to-back shots for a 13-9 advantage.
“We were making too many errors early and we’re too good of a team to do that,” Weymouth said. “I think they just needed a deep breath and they did a nice job to rally back. We want our side out percentage to be high, we don’t want teams to go on runs.”
For Warrior head coach Kristen Guess, it was all about unforced errors in the opening set (12 errors).
“I definitely think the first two games we beat ourselves,” Guess said. “We made a lot of unforced errors, especially in the first game. It could have been a lot closer and it could have gone either way. We had a lot of miscommunication errors that we normally don’t do. We have a couple of young players on the floor that don’t have a lot of experience and I think that could have had an impact. I definitely think we need to communicate more.
“If we take the first game, then the momentum is with us and maybe we take the second game. But Franklin is a good team, they played well. You can’t take anything away from them. We could have played better, but it just wasn’t our night.”
The second set was just as close as the first one. A kill from McGrath and a KP error gave Franklin its largest lead of the match to that point (11-6). But the Warriors quickly rattled off a 5-1 run, including an ace from Grace Ely and a kill and ace from Nicole Coughlan to bring the Warriors within one (12-11).
But the Panthers responded by winning six of the next eight points. Wisniewski looked to have a kill an original attack but it was popped back up on a nice defensive play by KP libero Olivia Atkins. The ball floated back up by the net and Wisniewski reacted quickly, slamming the free ball back down for an 18-13 lead.
Bonnet-Eymard ended the set with back-to-back kills to give the Panthers a 25-18 win and a 2-0 advantage.
The Warriors kept close through the early stages of the third set but Franklin was able to create enough separation with a 4-1 burst midway through. Doyle and Bonnet-Eymard had back-to-back kills, and the latter added an ace for an 18-11 lead. KP got within four (19-15) but the home side was able to finish the game off.