School volleyball: Mahar exceeds expectations

  • Mahar Regional volleyball coach Sarah Woodward instructs before the third set against Greenfield High School, Wednesday in Greenfield.  STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 9/4/2019 9:59:23 PM
Modified: 9/4/2019 9:59:15 PM

GREENFIELD — Strong communication led to a season-opening victory for the Mahar Regional School volleyball team on Wednesday night.

The Senators downed Greenfield High School, 3-0, at Nichols Gymnasium in Northern League competition.

Mahar improved as the match progressed, with set scores finishing 25-20, 25-6 and 25-12.

Captain Quincey Drew had four kills, two digs and two aces for the Senators.

“It was good motivating the team,” Drew said. “Everyone had so much energy. We were all a little nervous, but we realized we got this. We just played our hearts out. We did really well with communicating today. A lot better than we did in our scrimmages. It was really good.”

Newly-minted setter and fellow captain Madison Harrington put her hitters in good spots all night for the Senators.

Some pre-game discussions enhances chemistry between Harrington and her hitters.

“I talk to each hitter that I plan on setting,” Harrington said. “My main hitters.”

Harrington had nine assists with nine aces, leading the team in both categories.

“The first set we struggled a little bit,” Harrington said. “But we found our energy and came back and did really finishing our second and third sets.”

Ava Liberty showed a strong stroke near the net in her first match as a hitter with five kills for Mahar.

“I was a little nervous coming into this game,” Mahar coach Sarah Woodward said. “But the communication was much better than I have seen at practice.”

The Senators have a lot of new players on the varsity club this season.

“I didn’t think it was terrible overall,” Woodward said. “They hustled a lot. We played better than I expected.”

The Green Wave played competitively in the first set, and had an early lead but could not keep pace with Mahar.

Greenfield has some good athletes on its roster this fall, many without volleyball experience, according to coach Lisa Moore.

Moore said there were things her team needs to work on moving forward.

“Coverage, rotation and movement,” she said. “They have some basic skills. I have a couple kids that it’s there first year ever playing. It’s a long road.”

Senior Hannah Mailloux had two kills with four digs to pace the Wave.

“She (Mailloux) did a wonderful job,” Moore said. “But defensively, we have a lot of work to do.”

Gianna Conte added three digs and three aces while Cassie Mattei led the team’s defensive effort with five digs for the Green Wave.

Deanna Smith added three digs for Mahar.

A couple sets by Harrington to Hailie Meeker and Liberty helped the Senators pull away in the first set.

The serving of Meeker, Harrington and Saylor Kegans dispatched the Green Wave quickly in the second set.

The Greenfield student section tried to spark a comeback for the Green Wave, even attempting to get the wave going at one point, but a kill by Liberty silenced the crowd and gave the Senators a 14-7 lead.

An ace by Liberty closed out the match for the Senators.

The teams meet again on Oct. 1 in Orange.

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