Division 3 volleyball: Mahar falls to Mount Greylock in quarterfinals

  • Sarah Woodward giving instruction to the Mahar volleyball team in Williamstown on Monday. The Senators lost 3-0 to Mount Greylock in the Division III quarterfinals. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Aria Flematti of Mahar pushes the ball over the net against Mount Greylock, Monday in Williamstown. COURTESY RICK FLEMATTI

  • Lauren Henne, of Mahar, serves against Mount Greylock, Monday in Williamstown. COURTESY RICK FLEMATTI

  • Lauren Henne (red) of Mahar with a dig against Mount Greylock, Monday in Williamstown. COURTESY RICK FLEMATTI

  • Jordyn Berry, of Mahar, goes high for a hit against Mount Greylock, Monday in Williamstown. COURTESY RICK FLEMATTI

  • Hailie Meeker of Mahar turns around for a return against Mount Greylock, Monday in Williamstown. COURTESY RICK FLEMATTI

Staff Writer
Published: 11/6/2018 12:08:55 AM

WILLIAMSTOWN — Even after a 3-0 loss to Mount Greylock in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals, the Mahar girls volleyball team’s season still ended on a positive note.

“The season was amazing. This was the closest we have ever been as a team,” Mahar’s Aria Flematti said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to play with anyone else. It’s sad but I loved it.”

Flematti went over 1,000 assists during her senior season for the sixth-seeded Senators (17-8).

The Mounties (15-3) were arguably the best team the Senators have faced this season.

Caroline Hadley had nine aces and two kills for the Mounties.

Flematti led Mahar with eight assists.

“They have a really good hitter number seven (Hadley),” Flematti said. “That was something we weren’t used to. We weren’t used to being hit out like that, but we didn’t perform as well as we usually do so we kind of played ourselves.”

Play after the handling the serve was something the Senators could have done better, according to coach Sarah Woodward.

“We didn’t pass well,” Woodward said. “We didn’t communicate very well. It got better but it was too late.”

Ava Santana, Kassidy Thompson, Carissa Johnson, Lauren Henne, Jordyn Berry and Flematti played their last match for Mahar.

“They all have been on varsity for four years,” Woodward said. “They all have come so far. Hopefully some of them will move on to play in college. I am really going to miss them.”

Set scores were 25-9, 25-16 and 25-19.

No. 3 Mount Greylock advanced to the semifinals and will host No. 2 Lee at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mount Greylock’s strong serving, especially the jump serve of Gabriella Alvarez, put Mahar in precarious positions from the start.

The Senator played better in the second set behind of Berry, who had a couple kills and consecutive points scored during her service.

Berry led the Senators with four kills while Santana, Quincey Drew and Hailie Meeker each added two.

Johnson and Henne had three digs.

The Senators had a lead in the third set but consecutive serves by Hadley turned away the momentum for Mount Greylock.


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