H.S. Volleyball: Athol rallies to knock off Franklin Tech

  • The ball crosses the net during the women's beach volleyball semifinal match between Austria and Lithuania at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) Dmitry Lovetsky

Staff Writer
Published: 3/24/2021 8:25:42 PM
Modified: 3/24/2021 8:25:40 PM

Lexi Forte had seven aces, a kill and tossed out seven assists to lead the Athol girls volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Franklin Tech on Wednesday in what was a tightly contested match throughout. 

The Eagles took the early lead, coming out with a 25-20 win in the first set. The Bears stormed back to take the next three sets, by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-23. 

“We played them for the second time this week,” Athol coach Donna Lajoie said of Franklin Tech. “We played much better today overall. We were not scrappy at all on Monday and boy, oh, boy did we have some great digs and saves today.”

The defense was led by Kate Mahan, who also had seven aces and four kills. 

“Kate Mahan was a defensive monster,” Lajoie said. “She made quite a few diving digs that put many points on our board.”

Alma White had four aces and six kills in the win for the Bears, with Alyssa Logan adding four aces as a libero. 

Renee Reed had four aces and seven assists for Franklin Tech. Mackenzie Martel had a kill and came up with 11 digs, Faith Smith had five kills and three blocks and Lillian Poirier had three aces, six assists and four digs. 

Frontier 3, Greenfield 0 — The Red Hawks picked up another win, with Charlotte Doulette smacking five kills and three aces to lead Frontier to a 3-0 victory over Greenfield at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield on Wednesday. 

Frontier earned a 25-6 win in the first set, followed by a 25-16 win in the second set and a 25-11 triumph in the third. 

Olivia Rosewarne dished six assists and Sydney Scanlon had five assists for the Red Hawks in the win. Jillian Apanell had four kills and three aces, Lucia Doulette had three kills and Sophia Stilla recorded four aces. 

Kelsey Richardson finished with three kills and an ace for the Green Wave, with Aisha Pruitt Gonzalez recording a kill and four assists and Korynne Callahan having two kills, an ace and three digs. 

Mohawk Trail 3, Pioneer 0 — The Warriors’ serving was the difference on Wednesday in Northfield, as Mohawk Trail came away with a 3-0 victory over the Panthers. 

Alex Lilly led the way for the Warriors with eight aces, six assists, two kills and two assists. Palmer King finished with seven aces, six assists and four kills and Octavia Crawford added five aces, a dig, seven assists and three kills in the winning effort. 

Mohawk Trail took the first set, 25-17, before a 25-22 win in the second set and 25-19 victory in the third set. 

Avery Johnson finished with four aces and two kills for Pioneer, with Caoilinn Lounder recording three aces, a kill and seven digs. Lily Faille did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, recording 10 digs, seven assists, two kills and three aces. 

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