High Schools: Winnisquam volleyball team delivers an impressive sweep
Winnisquam's Hannah Chapin returns the ball in the game against Moultonborough at Winnisquam Regional High School on Wednesday night, October 16, 2013. Winnisquam defeated Moultonborough.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Winnisquam's Dallis Austin reaches for a return in the game against Moultonborough on Wednesday night, October 16, 2013 at Winnisquam Regional High School.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
It was a familiar matchup for the Winnisquam volleyball team but not an unimportant one, as the Bears (11-2) looked to take on Moultonborough (8-4) for the second time this season. After eking out a tight 3-2 win at the Panthers’ gym last month, Winnisquam knew it had to play a strong match to get a win at home. The Bears delivered just that, sweeping the Panthers, 25-20, 25-14, 26-24, in one of their best matches of the season to secure third place in the division for the time being.
“Any time you’re playing (Coach) John Garneau, you circle that date on the calendar,” Winnisquam Coach Mike Livernois said in regard to his longtime opposite number.
The Bears were keyed up for the game from the start and had a strong two opening games to take a sturdy 2-0 advantage. Winnisquam was able to hold a comfortable three- or four-point lead throughout the first set and carried that good form over into the second to double its lead.
The final game proved to be the most difficult, although initially the Bears looked like they were walking away with things after going up 19-10. The Panthers slowed down the Winnisquam momentum with numerous subs to keep the hosts from keeping up their good pace.
“We were able to stay calm and manage it,” Livernois said of Moultonborough’s attempted comeback.
The win for the Bears represents an important step in inching their way toward their goal of a top-four divisional spot for the postseason tournament, but also indicates a Winnisquam team that is coming together after having a much tougher time in September against last night’s opponent.
“(The last match) was early in the season in a big gym with a big crowd,” Livernois said. “This team is more confident now. Our passing is crisp and we’re dealing well with long rallies.”
Centered around senior setter Erica Doubleday (a replacement for former setter Elyssa Clairmont), the Bears offense has learned to communicate and connect.
Doubleday led the team with 27 assists and added five digs, while Hannah Chapin had a team-high 12 kills with nine digs and a block. Bailey Long had a well-rounded stat line of six kills, three digs, three aces and two blocks, while Mo Raymond (eight kills, eight digs), Carissa Archibald (six digs, four kills) and Clarissa MacDonald (eight digs) also played well.
“They’re starting to click and jell as a team right now,” Livernois said.
Coe-Brown 3, Pelham 0
The Bears got stronger as the match progressed, topping the Pythons 25-19 and 25-11 before sealing the decision with a 25-5 victory.
Megan Rouillard and Gaby Ahern had 13 and 12 kills, respectively, while Lacey Locke registered 18 assists and Debbie Peabody had 16 digs.
Inter-Lakes 3, Belmont 1
The Red Raiders (11-2) ran into a hot Inter-Lakes team (10-3) that has won five straight. After winning a close 3-2 win at home earlier in the season, Belmont struggled with serving and couldn’t beat the Lakers on the road, losing in four games, 24-17, 28-26, 25-27, 25-19.
Megan Bailey (34 assists, four digs, two aces, two blocks, kill) and Jessie Bergeron (20 digs, three aces) led Belmont, while Bridget Annis (eight kills, three blocks), Louisa Bergeron (11 kills, two blocks) and Alyssa Woods (eight kills, ace) also played well.
Bishop Guertin 2, Concord 1
Goals 15 and 16 minutes in put the Crimson Tide in a hole, and it got a goal back, Concord (5-8-1) was unable to rally and salvage the win it needed to open the Division I tournament at home.
Ingrid Burghard had the lone tally for the Tide, punching in a goal during a scramble in front of the net with two minutes to go. Colleen Casey made 21 saves in net for Concord.
Hopkinton 4, Pembroke 0
The Hawks (12-2) bounced back from a loss to Derryfield with a shutout of Pembroke (2-10-1), which has lost five straight.
Courtney Crouch opened the scoring for Hopkinton and finished with two goals and an assist. Ally Rose and Shannon Pike scored the other two goals, while Brittany Marshall had two assists. Sonja Leavitt, Maddy Cudmore and Callie Chase played well for the Hawks, and goalie Maddy Bergethon had four saves for her sixth shutout of the season.
Kaylie Hickey, Abbie Scerra, Emma Jewett, Lydia Apgar and Vanessa Lacey all played well for the Spartans. Goalie Alyssa Baum made nine saves.
Bow 2, Monadnock 0
The Falcons (12-1-1) scored two goals in the first half for a comfortable road win over Monadnock (2-8-3).
Josh DeYoung started the scoring in the 22nd minute when he headed in a great corner kick hit by Calvin Szumierz. Corey Plumb made it 2-0 in the 36th minute when he shot from the right side after receiving the ball from a long free kick by Mitchell Blair.
Goalie Timothy Bradley recorded his seventh shutout of the year behind a defensive back line led by Blair, Thomas Poulin, David Merchan, Nate Riera and Nathan Louf. The Falcons have allowed only two goals in their last eight games.
The Hillcats (5-5-3) got a huge win to avenge a loss earlier this season to Stevens (11-3) in which H-D gave up a season-high five goals.
H-D was able to neutralize the Stevens attack during a quiet first half, but the Hillcats midfielders took control of the game in the second.
Max Parenteau got the game’s first goal in the 49th minute on a header from a Troy Girard cross, then Josh Gould finished off a Tristan Brooks free kick to double the lead in the 56th minute.
The Hillcats survived some late chances by Stevens, with goalie Connor Lane earning a hard-won shutout with four saves (including back-to-back point blank stops at the end of the match). Brooks, Dominic Downs, Reed Erickson, Sidney Livingston and Ryan Edsall were fantastic on defense.
Hopkinton 9, Pelham 0
Doug Fleury helped the Hawks (12-0-1) get all their work done early against Pelham (4-9).
Fleury scored three goals and added an assist in just 20 minutes to put Hopkinton up 4-0 midway through the first half. His first goal was a one-time finish from a through-ball over the top, he got his second from a free kick, and he completed his hat trick with a finish on the ground from another through-ball.
Sophomore Tim Jones had a hat trick of his own, which he wrapped up in the 52nd minute. His second goal was a nice lofted finish.
Riley McNicholas (assist), Evan Ruderman (assist) and Brian Hauschild each scored once, while Zach Rouleau and Austin Brehio provided assists.
Goalie Robbie Ferguson made seven saves.
Hopkinton 4, Fall Mountain 1
The Hawks (9-2-2) scored three goals in a seven-minute span during the first half to propel them to a road win over Fall Mountain (4-6-3).
Lily Scammon had a goal in each half, while Nikki Cullinan had a great game in midfield and scored a first-half goal. Courtney Benson added a goal, and Sarah Ewing had an assist.
Fall Mountain pressured Hopkinton after halftime and made the score 3-1 on a penalty kick, but the Hawks put their opponent away with the fourth goal, Scammon’s second, in the 69th minute.