(Byfield MA) Triton was upbeat.
It was Senior Night.
And the Vikings (3-1) played extremely well defeating Pentucket (0-3) on Wednesday night at Triton by a 3-1 count.
“Molly (Kimball), the setter, and Mia (Berardino) was a 1-2 combination that we couldn’t handle very well,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara afterwards.
Mia had spikes tonight, but it was her serves that gave Pentucket their biggest trouble.
Putting those things together enabled the home to team to run points together and build up sizable leads. On this evening, Pentucket was unable to respond.
“Returning serves is one of the hardest things to learn,” explained Mia post-match. “We know what it’s like to have trouble with it.”
“They picked us apart with serves,” said Coach McNamara. “You have to get the ball in play.”
The Vikings won the first two games, 25-15 & 25-11.
The substitutes for both teams played most of the third set and Pentucket held on for a 25-21 victory. This was the second time this season that they have won a game.
Coach McNamara calls the wins, “baby steps” and “things we can build on.”
The Vikings really put everything together in the final game. The spikes were there and the serves handcuffed Pentucket. A 5-5 tie turned into a run of nine unanswered Triton points with Mia Berardino serving. Mia, Evelyn Pearson, and Jessica Manganello had successful hard hits. The final was 25-10.
“Mia and Evelyn play off each other as the outside hitters,” said Triton coach Karen Christian. “There’s never a letup in any rotation.”
“Mia seems to be improving every day,” added Coach Christian. “She gets to the short balls that we have trouble with. She’s able to make a bad set into a good attack.”
“It was nice to get the win on Senior Night,” said senior Evelyn Pearson. “This was the first Senior Night that we’ve won since I’ve been here.”
Junior Molly Kimball complimented both Mia and Evelyn: “I’ve been playing everything with Mia since 4th grade. We work really well together. Evelyn is another one of those I can trust giving the ball to. She usually gets the point for us.”
“It was good to get kids playing in tonight’s game who haven’t been in that much before,” added Coach Christian.
Five Triton seniors were honored before the game.
I caught up with Pentucket seniors Mackenzie Currie and Megan Reading afterwards. Both have been key basketball players and both decided to give volleyball a try for the first time in their senior years.
Mackenzie: “Volleyball is very different from basketball. It is not an easy game. I just wanted to try something new my senior year. The hardest part for me has been learning all the rules. It’s not like basketball where there are set plays and you can scout the other team.”
Megan: “It has been interesting to play volleyball. I have enjoyed learning the game. You just can’t grab the ball, like in basketball. I saw volleyball as another chance to be on a team and connect with more girls before I graduated.”
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