(Newburyport MA) Two of the best volleyball players (Mia Berardino & Sydney Yim) in these parts had at it tonight as Triton visited Newburyport.
On this night it was Mia Berardino’s Vikings winning three sets to one in Cape Ann League action.
Mia (just a junior) has offers from Babson, Stonehill, and Bentley and is talking to Holy Cross.
“I love volleyball,” said Mia afterwards. “This was a huge win for us. It seems like we’ve lost so many times to Newburyport.”
Volleyball is a team game but Mia’s five aces, eighteen kills, eight digs, and two blocks were crucial in the Vikings (2-1) win.
“We made the plays when we needed to,” explained Triton coach Karen Christian. “The energy and enthusiasm was great.”
Even though Newburyport (1-2) won the first set (25-16) Clippers coach Lori Solazzo wasn’t fooled. “We won but it didn’t feel like we did. We weren’t executing well even in the first game. We had our highs and lows. We need to find the middle ground and be more consistent.”
The second game was tight and tied at 15-15 before Mia led a run of nine unanswered points and Triton won, 25-16.
“In the first set we were all over the place,” explained Triton senior Evelyn Pearson. “After that we settled down and covered a lot more. We started diving. Volleyball is all about coverage and communication.”
“We lost the first set and never gave up hope and came back with a vengeance,” said Coach Christian.
Sydney Yim went out with an injury in the third game with the Clippers trailing 20-15. Newburyport would lose that one, 25-19.
Sydney returned in the 4th game, but her team was behind, 13-9. Triton continued to make plays while the Clippers struggled with consistency falling, 25-18.
“We learned from playing a strong team,” explained Sydney post-match. “We just need to communicate more. We’re very young and still getting used to each other.”
Sydney is committed to Purdue. “I leave June 12th for Purdue to start early training. It will be nice to get playing time in the summer. It looks like there will be a Big Ten season in the Fall.”
Sydney collected eighteen assists tonight against Triton.
Mia and Sydney play on the same club team (Smash Volleyball – Newton).
“Mia was awesome tonight,” said Sydney. “She’s definitely looking to play in college.”
Mia: “They had a big block, so we had to be smart with our shots and we did that.”
Coach Christian: “I am consistently impressed with the effort the girls do day in and day out. It was a sweet win and I’m happy for our seniors.”
Coach Solazzo: “Triton has definitely improved.”
Evelyn: “I am going into bio-medical engineering. I’m not sure what college yet. I have been accepted by my top choice (Northeastern).”
Sydney: “Purdue is now ranked #10 in the country. We were #20 last year. There are two graduating seniors.”
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