High Schools: Winnisquam volleyball team deals Belmont its first loss
John Sanborn, of Pembroke, competes in the cross country race, which he went on to win, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
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Nicole Pearl, of Pembroke, catches her breath after crossing the finish line in third place following the cross country meet on Wednesday afternoon, October 2, 2013.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
The Winnisquam volleyball knew what was waiting in Belmont, and the Bears were looking forward to it.
“A lot of the girls know each other, so it’s a rivalry, but it’s a friendly rivalry,” Winnisquam Coach Mike Livernois said. “Belmont was in the number one spot, they hadn’t lost yet, it was in their gym, there were a lot of fans, and our girls were excited.”
That excitement helped produce a 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-17) win for Winnisquam (7-1) and the first loss of the season for Belmont (8-1).
“It was the most consistent match we played all year long,” Livernois said. “The defense was on and it was the best passing night we’ve had. I think the experience of my offensive players is what separated the two teams. Belmont runs a nice attack, they just don’t have the experience my seniors do, but they sure played with a lot of heart.”
Seniors Hannah Chapin (13 kills, 10 digs), Bailey Long (eight kills, two blocks, three aces) and Erica Doubleday (25 assists) led the veteran attack for the Bears. But none of it would have been possible without the defense and passing of Carissa Archibald (15 digs, four kills, two blocks), Dallis Austin (10 digs, two aces), Mo Raymond (eight digs, four kills) and Clarissa MacDonald.
“We haven’t been hit at this hard all season,” Belmont Coach Melissa Miner said. “We stayed tough against them, we dug them up and blocked a few, but our offense was not killing the ball and that hurt us.”
Senior Jessie Bergeron was at the heart of that Belmont defense, which Livernois said was the strongest his team has seen all season. Bergeron finished with 18 digs, which pushed her past 500 for her career.
Megan Bailey added three digs to the Raiders defensive effort to go along with 15 assists, three blocks and one kill. Louisa Bergeron (six kills, one block), Shannon Conway (three kills, one dig) and Shea Callahan (two kills) led the Belmont attack.
The first game of the night stayed close early before Winnisquam pulled away for the 25-17 win. The Bears never loosed their grip on momentum after that, jumping out early in the second and third games and giving themselves plenty of cushion to withstand the late rallies from the Raiders.
“We were excited going in and we were pleased with the results going out,” Livernois said.
The two teams won’t meet again until the final match of the regular season, which is just fine with the Raiders.
“We have a lot of time to work on our weaknesses,” Miner said.
Goffstown 3, Concord 0
The Crimson Tide fell to 5-5 with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-15 loss in its home gym. It was the fifth straight win for Goffstown (6-3).
Claire Celestin finished with seven kills, one block and one ace for Concord, while Caitlyn Shea had 17 assists and Samantha Turner wound up with eight blocks and five kills.
Coe-Brown 3, Oyster River 0
The Bears rolled to 7-1 by sweeping the three games, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-17.
Megan Rouillard (13 kills, three aces) and Emma Easler (11 kills) led the way offensively, while Abby Ahern (seven kills) and Sadie Steffen (26 assists) also had good days for a Bears team that will now face four above-.500 teams in a row.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Coach Rick Veno said. “We’ve got a tough stretch ahead, but they’re up for it.”
Hillsboro-Deering 3, Conant 0
The Hillcats (3-4-2) rode a tough first half in which they dominated possession but couldn’t score on Conant (0-8), but they went on to break the match open in the second half with three goals. The win snapped a six-game winless streak for H-D.
Josh Gould got the first goal when he finished off an odd bouncing ball in the Conant box in the 49th minute. Billy Dubuque and Max Parenteau added scores in the 63rd and 74th minutes, respectively. Troy Girard had two assists, and Thomas Irving (assist) had a great game.
The H-D defense was solid in limiting Conant to just three shots, all of which were handled by goalie Connor Lane in his varsity debut.
Coe-Brown 1, Oyster River 0
With sweeper Sarah Curtin clearing everything in sight, the Coe-Brown defense posted its fifth shutout of the season and led the Bears (6-3-1) to the road win.
Outside back Megan Burgess, stopper Molly DeTrude and keeper Alley Savioli (eight saves) were also key components in what Coe-Brown Coach Josh Hils described as an “absolutely outstanding” defensive effort against the Bobcats (4-5).
The only goal came in the 32nd minute when Kianna Daudelin’s corner kick went to the far post and Christen Gallant headed it home.
“They beat us on our home field (2-1) earlier in the year on a questionable goal,” Hils said, “so it was nice to get some redemption.”
Bow 5, Hillsboro-Deering 0
The Falcons remained undefeated (9-0) and posted their eighth shutout in the win at home. After giving up its first two goals of the season on Monday, the Bow defense, led by the performance from Lilly Naimie, returned to its stingy ways against the Hillcats (5-3-1), who suffered their first loss in the last seven games.
Maddie Cheney (assisted by Christy Vinnenberg) gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game, but that was the only goal H-D allowed in the first half. The second half was a different story as Bow got goals from Lauren Scarpetti (53rd minute), Lindsey Vogt (61st minute, assisted by Naomi Kramer), Caitlyn Keenan (73rd minute, penalty kick) and Maddie Lust (77th minute). The Falcons also got positive offensive contributions from Brie Achorn and Gianna Celenza, who drew the PK.
The Falcons completed a perfect regular season, 22-0, by carding a 155 at Canterbury Woods Country Club to finish ahead of Mascenic (168), Campbell (180) and Laconia (189).
“It was a good way to finish by playing some of the better teams in our divsion,” said Bow Coach Mike Seraikas, who spent part of the day figuring out the seven golfers he’ll take to the Division III tournament next Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonborough as the Falcons try to defend their title.
The top four from yesterday’s match will be sure to take that trip – co-medalists Jake Rand and Josh Lacasse (37s), Jeremy Duhamel (40) and Doug Champagne (41).
“It’s been a good season, but all that matters is how we play one that one day at Ridgewood,” Seraikas said.
The Red Raiders submitted one of their best performances of the season to card a 183 at Pheasant Ridge Country Club and finish ahead of Stevens (186) and Winnisquam (210). Host Gilford, led by medalist Cam Partridge (1-over 36), was first.
“The team played great,” Belmont Coach Kevin Charleston said. “It was the first time everyone shot in the 40s.”
Caleb Drouin (43) had the best round for the Raiders. He was followed by Mike Sanborn (44), Nicole Antonucci (47), and Devon Suprey and Brandon Pearl, who both shot 49. Jordan Dahl (40) had the low score for Winnisquam.
Co-medalist Peter Benson shot a 5-over 41 to help the Hawks (175) claim first place at Ridgewood Country Club over White Mountains (180), Moultonborough (195) and Sunapee (200).
Max Legier shot a 43 for Hopkinton (16-3), and was followed on the team by Jamison Crouch (45) and Evan O’Keeffe (46).
The Golden Tornadoes (3-20) lost a tiebreaker with Newmarket (3-18) to finish third at Farmington Country Club. Franklin and the Mules each had a team score of 228 to finish behind host Farmington (207 score, 8-12 record).
Sophomore Jacob Geddis had the Franklin low score at 52, followed by teammates Corey Nelson (54), Courtney Mazur (58) and Nathan Cartier (64).
Winnacunnet 3, Concord 0
The Crimson Tide (5-6) saw that the Warriors (9-0) were as good as their record indicated, falling behind 3-0 by halftime and dropping its third straight game.
Brittany Munnell, Molly Waite and Ari McLeod played well for Concord.
Merrimack Valley 3,
Bishop Brady 1
The Pride (7-2) got itself going quickly, scoring three first-half goals and taking the Green Giants (1-8) out of the game.
Cassidy Huckins opened the scoring with 28:08 left in the first half off of a cross pass from Haley Adams, then assisted on Lily Davis’s goal to make it 2-0 with 12:11 to go. Olivia Thurber knocked in a shot off of her own rebound with 3:14 left in the half to round out the MV scoring. Emily Masse and Erin Frost led the effort for the Pride at midfield.
Faith McEvoy put Brady on the board with 22:38 to go in the game.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Pembroke 27, Sanborn 32
The Spartans took five of the top nine spots, led by winner John Sanborn (18:43), to win a dual meet against visiting Sanborn.
Rounding out the Pembroke scorers were Kam Anderson (second), Stephen Abbott (fifth), Drew Harrison (eighth) and Jason Schoeller (ninth).
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
The Spartans had the top six finishers in a dual meet against visiting Sanborn, which had only four runners and didn’t score as a team.
Jayla Decker led the way for Pembroke with a winning time of 23:46, followed by Mariah Mitchell, Nicole Pearl, Allison Fischer, Larissa Amour and Briana Walsh.