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High schools: Mahar volleyball spikes Athol to qualify for postseason

  • Alexis Carrasquillo of Athol protects the end line against Mahar, Thursday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEW/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Kassidy Thompson of Mahar keeps the ball alive against Athol, Thursday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEW/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Aria Flematti of Mahar set to make a return against Athol with Ava Santana looking on, Thursday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEW/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Ava Liberty of Mahar against Athol, Thursday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEW/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Shaelynn Doherty of Athol digs one out against Mahar, with Alexis Carrasquillo (left) and Skyleigh D’Ambrosia (right) watching Thursday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEW/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Frontier goalie Siomara Green runs out to block a shot from Mahar's Delaney Parker (3) in the first half Thursday in Orange, Oct. 11, 2018. Staff PHOTO/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Delaney Parker (3), right, takes a shot past Frontier defender Sierra Warren (3) in the first half Thursday in Orange, Oct. 11, 2018. Staff PHOTO/Dan Little

  • Mahar'sJazymyn Vautour (23) jumps up for a header to fend off a corner kick from Frontier in the first half Thursday in Orange, Oct. 11, 2018. Staff PHOTO/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Lani DeDiego (15) takes a shot against Frontier in the first half Thursday in Orange, Oct. 11, 2018. Staff PHOTO/Dan Little

  • Mahar’s Mollie Burke (4) lobs a shot over Frontier goalie Siomara Green for a goal in the first half Thursday in Orange. Staff PHOTO/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Emma Savoy (8), right, contends for possession with Frontier's Isabelle Marrapeese (8) in the first half Thursday in Orange, Oct. 11, 2018. Staff PHOTO/Dan Little



Staff Writer
Thursday, October 11, 2018

ORANGE — A 3-0 win over Athol Thursday clinched a playoff berth for the Mahar girls volleyball team, but afterwards the Senators focused in on what they need to do better.

“Communication and dumb mistakes that we shouldn’t make,” Mahar coach Sarah Woodward said.

The Senators (10-3, 5-0 Northern) dealt with an Athol team that refused to go away in the first two sets. The final scores were 25-23, 25-22 and 25-19.

Jordyn Berry’s serve played a big part in the win for Mahar.

“As a team, didn’t play as well as we could have,” Berry said. “It was a struggle with communication. But we are getting better as we go through the season.”

Mahar returned to the Division 3 playoffs. Last season the Senators lost to Mount Greylock as the No. 8 seed.

“We have three major things we are working on,” Woodward said. “The skill is there. It’s just communication, hustling sometimes and our focus. It’s more mental stuff and we do a lot of work with that.”

Berry had six aces for Mahar with Carissa Johnson contributing four more. Mahar played its third match in as many nights.

“It’s been hard because we are worn down,” Woodward said. “We haven’t been able to work on anything. It’s been a long week.”

Setter Aria Flematti once again led Mahar in assists with 13.

The Red Raiders (2-13, 2-4) led in each of the first two sets and played with confidence that might not have been there earlier in the season.

“They are playing a lot better,” Athol coach Nick Savoie said. “There is a lot of improvement. We are playing more aggressive and attacking the ball more.”

Abby Roberts and Alexis Carrasquillo both had six kills for Athol, while Lexi Forte added four assists.

“I think they (Athol) played really well,” Berry said. “I think that has to do with being a rival school. But it’s always a good feeling to beat them.”

Athol started fast and led the Senators 13-10 in the first set. Berry’s serves won the next five points for the Senators.

Mahar had a nine-point lead at one point in the first set, but Athol made another run to tie it at 23-23.

Berry’s kill made it 24-23 before a deep Ava Santana serve ended the set when Athol could not manage a return.

A hard Santana hit ended the second set for the Senators. Hailie Meeker led Mahar with six kills, with Santana adding five.

Berry’s serve gave the Senators a 20-14 lead in the third set before the senior ended the Red Raiders night with a kill.

Girls soccer

Mahar 4, Frontier 0 — The Senators (11-1, 7-0 Pioneer North) took care of the Red Hawks at home.

Delaney Parker moved closer to 100 careers points with two goals and two assists. The sophomore now was 95 career points.

Midfielder Natalie Belloli shadowed Natalie Denkiewicz, shutting down Frontier’s main scoring threat.

“The girls are really playing good soccer and they are playing vertical soccer,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “Which is putting a lot of pressure on other teams’ back four.”

Mollie Burke and Emma Savoy scored as well for Mahar with Sarah Graeff adding an assist.

Marie Nottleson made one save in the shutout for the Senators.

Frontier travels to Gateway on Saturday.


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