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H.S. Volleyball: Bogusz serves up Turners Falls victory

  • Turners Falls’ Taylor Greene (1) sends the ball over against Greenfield in the third set Thursday in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Turners Falls’ Hailey Bogusz serves an ace against Greenfield in the third set Thursday in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Hannah Mailloux hits against Turners Falls in the third set Thursday in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Turners Falls’ Dabney Rollins (7) returns a shot over the net as Greenfield’s Hannah Mailloux (10) jumps up to attempt to block in the third set Thursday in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfield’s Denisse Montijo serves against Turners Falls in the third set Thursday in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/3/2019 9:57:05 PM
Modified: 10/3/2019 9:56:55 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield volleyball team had no answer for Hailey Bogusz’ serves on Thursday night. 

The Turners Falls High School senior finished with 14 aces at the stripe, leading the Thunder over the Green Wave, 3-0, in a PVIAC Northern Division match at Nichols Gymnasium.

The win moves Turners to a perfect 8-0 in league matches on the season, as the Thunder have a two-game lead over second-place Mahar in the league standings.

“(On Monday) against East Longmeadow, we lost game five, 15-10, and we missed five serves,” Turners coach Kelly Liimatainen began. “So I was really harping on serving tonight. We needed to serve tough, we needed some aces because we served so poorly (against East Longmeadow). I was happy with the way they served tonight.”

None of Bogusz’ serves were as important as the ones in the third set.

The two teams traded points before Greenfield coach Lisa Moore used a timeout with the teams knotted at 13.

Bogusz went back to serve when play resumed, looking to give Turners a cushion. She did just that and more, delivering five aces as the Thunder ripped off seven straight points, ultimately leading to a 25-14 win to secure the 3-0 sweep.

“I told her it was neck-and-neck, they scored and then we’d score back,” Liimatainen said of Bogusz. “Lisa called a timeout and we took off from there. I was proud of the way (Bogusz) served tonight.”

For Bogusz, who also added six assists and a kill in the win, serving is all about making sure she steps to the line relaxed.

When she’s calm, it’s usually not good for her opponents.

“I go on runs sometimes and I just have to focus and say ‘I can do it,’” Bogusz said. “Sometimes it’s hard to lower my arm and I jinx myself. I just have to do my routine, stay focused and hope it goes over the net.”

Taylor Greene added five kills, an ace and six assists for Turners, which improved to 9-4 overall. Dabney Rollins had six kills and six aces, and Stephanie Peterson put down 10 aces.

For Greenfield (4-8, 3-5), Korynne Callahan had five kills and two aces, Hannah Mailloux had two kills, a block and a pair of aces and Gianna Conte had three digs and three aces. 

After playing the Thunder a month ago, a match Turners won handedly in 3-0 fashion, Moore said she saw the improvements her team has made throughout the season on Thursday in the rematch.

“The last time we met, we played really poorly,” Moore said. “This time, we had flashes of good stuff. It was better. They did a great job serving today, and we couldn’t pass to save our lives at some points, but then we’d come back. Still some things we’re struggling with, but it’s definitely an improvement. Our second half of the season is much improved over the first half.”

The Thunder opened the first set with four consecutive aces from Bogusz.

That set the tone for the frame, as the Green Wave struggled to return serves. Turners held a comfortable lead throughout to earn a 25-16 win.

Liimatainen was pleased with the way her team moved the ball around the court, leading to multiple kills.

“We passed well,” Liimatainen said. “I think (Greenfield has) improved a ton since we first saw them. I was proud of the way we served and passed tonight.”

In the second set, the Thunder held a 10-2 lead early, but Greenfield fought back thanks to a combination of strong defense and forcing Turners to make mistakes.

While the Green Wave showed fight, they were never able to truly close the gap, as the Thunder controlled the set from start-to-finish en route to a 25-18 set win.

Starting 8-0 in the league has given a young Turners team confidence as it heads into the back end of its schedule.

“It feels good,” Bogusz said. “We’re a young team, too, so it gives us a little boost. We can prove everyone wrong.”

Turners hosts Athol on Monday night while Greenfield entertains Pioneer.

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