H.S. Volleyball: Greenfield survives roller coaster ride

  • The Greenfield High School volleyball team after its 3-1 win over Pioneer Valley Regional, Monday in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2019 10:13:53 PM
Modified: 10/7/2019 10:29:40 PM

GREENFIELD — It took a feverish, back-and-forth close out set for the Greenfield High School volleyball team to beat Pioneer Valley Regional, 3-1, Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium. 

The final set scores were 22-25, 25-16, 25-17 and 29-27 in front of an electric crowd in attendance for both teams.

“I asked the team ‘Who likes roller coasters?’” Greenfield coach Lisa Moore said. “Because that’s what that was like. We had it and everything was going along fine. We are working on it.”

Two aces by Korynne Callahan ended the Northern League match for the Green Wave.

“It was kind of just crazy,” Callahan said of the final set. “We were both hyped. Both sides wanted to win. But we just pushed a little more. I just thought that I needed to calm down and think about what was happening and how I needed to get the points.”

Greenfield (5-8 overall, 4-5 Northern) has four matches left in the season and needs to win three to qualify for the postseason, according to Moore. The Green Wave travels to Sabis International on Monday before closing out with home matches against Easthampton, Belchertown and Athol. 

“We have a tough stretch,” Moore said. 

The win against the Panthers (1-11, 1-7) was absolutely essential for the Green Wave to have a chance at the postseason.

Hannah Mailloux led the Green Wave with five kills. The Panthers stormed out to a 1-0 lead in the match, winning the opening set.

“Our coverage got a lot better in the last three sets,” Mailloux said. “Our energy was kind of low. We brought it back up the last three sets.”

To win three out of the next four the Wave will need to communicate.

“Lots of talking on the court,” Mailloux said. “Trusting each other on the court. Hard work in practice. Dedication.”

The Panthers took down the first set on an ace by Alana Redeker. In the final set, the Panthers faced a 7-0 deficit before storming back to have a chance to send the match to a fifth set.

“We were really proud of them for battling back,” said Pioneer co-coach Kathy Malsh. “We have been working all season on finishing and battling back from deep holes. They sort of lose their confidence when they start going down. We are working hard on getting them to come back.”

A strong set of serves by Cassie Mattei, with a Mailloux kill mixed in, helped the Green Wave take a 7-0 lead in the fourth set.

Mattei had six aces for the Green Wave.

Pioneer’s Abby Briggs helped serve the Panthers back into the game. 

A couple kills by Callahan slowed down the Pioneer momentum, giving Greenfield a 16-15 lead. 

In another lead change, Sofia Holden aced Greenfield to make the score 17-16.

A kill by Lily Faille (three aces, four kills) gave the Panthers a 22-21 lead and the serve in the first set before Redeker took over at the line.

Emily Tibbitts (four aces), Morgan Lounder and Faille all had aces early in the first set.  

Redeker eight kills and six aces on the night. 

Briggs had a strong service night for the Panthers with 10 aces with three kills.

Briggs had two consecutive aces in the third set, giving the Panthers a 10-9 lead after trailing early in the set.

“Every single one of them worked really hard to get us back in the game,” Malsh said. “Point for point. Can’t ask for more than that.” 

Greenfield’s Denisse Montijo served the Green Wave back into the lead in the  second and third set. 

Montijo finished with eight aces for Greenfield. 

An ace by Gianna Conte (five aces) closed out the second set for Greenfield. 

Morgan Lounder had three aces and two kills, while Lea Chapman chipped in with a couple aces in the fourth set. 

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