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Triton volleyball falls in 5th set to Wilmington

Gabby Bond (20) and Gianna Brunetto (7) up to block for Wilmington

Colleen McCarthy, Caitie Rooney, Savannah Nolan, and Molly McInning

Gabby Bond (20) hits

(Byfield MA) I tell you, it’s that senior night thing!

Once again, the celebrating team (Triton in this case) falls short and the visitor (Wilmington) is celebrating when the match ends.

In a rematch, Wilmington escaped with a 3-2 win on Wednesday night in non-league play.

The Vikings (4-14) had been shut down 3-0 in the previous meeting with the Wildcats (7-12).

Hands on the ball

This time around Triton was more of a challenge to Wilmington, although it didn’t start out that way.

The team from the Middlesex League rallied late to sweep the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-20.  Looked like a short night for the Cape Ann League entry.

But not this time. The Vikings pulled away from an 18-18 tie to take the third set and then dominated the 4th set 25-16.

That momentum continued into the last set for Triton.  They started out 9-6 and looked to be heading for a very happy ending.

But the Wildcats had other plans.  “We were playing not to lose,” recalled Wilmington coach Bruce Shainwald.  “We needed to attack and that’s what we did.”

Led by server Anna Rideout, the Wildcats rolled off seven unanswered points to go up 13-9.  Triton put a stop to the run briefly, but the Wildcats finished strong to win 15-11.

Colleen McCarthy sets

“It was a good match,” said Triton coach Bob Van Etten afterwards. “We showed good fight coming back after being down two games and we had the lead in the final set.”

“We were determined not to lose that last game,” Wildcats Gabby Bond told me after the match.  The Wilmington senior is hoping to go to UConn next year and train to be a physician’s assistant.

Triton honored four seniors before the game; Colleen McCarthy, Caitie Rooney, Savannah Nolan, and Molly McInnis.

Savannah had a strong game for the Vikings on the front line.

“I am looking forward to next year,” said Coach Van Etten. “We had a very successful JV team, so we’ll be adding some good girls to the varsity next year.”

Caitie Rooney keeps the ball in play

The hardest replacement?  “Caitie Rooney, she’s an awesome setter.”  Caitie was a Cape Ann League All-Star last year.

I was impressed with Wilmington’s setter, Britt Cimaglia.  “She is very good but she was getting tired at the end,” said Coach Shainwald, “and she was having trouble setting the ball up high enough.”

Both Britt and teammate Maeve Cadogan were excellent at serving.

This is only Triton’s fifth season having volleyball.  Their best season so far was 2015 when they went 5-11.

Server Anna Rideout

Neither team tonight had devastating hitters.  That forced longer volleys and more excitement in my opinion.

The Wildcats were 9-11 last season.  2004 was the most recent season that they qualified for the post season.

I will not attempt to dazzle you with any stats since I didn’t pick any up after the game.

Congratulations to the Red Sox for the Game 2 win.  I will never learn that watching a game on TV and writing up a game at the same time, limits both activities!

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Setter Britt Cimaglia

Savannah Andersen (5)

Savannah Nolan and Gianna Brunetto (7)

Wilmington back row

Gabby Bond (20) returns

Julia Willson (10) hits

Linda Freeman (26) and Maeve Cadogan (3)

Maeve Cadogan hits while Savannah Nolan (7) waits to block

Maeve Cadogan serves

Freshman Mia Berardino (13) elevates

Nicole Trotta hits

Paige Volpone ready to help

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Triton volleyball sweeps Newburyport 3-0 in rematch

Colleen McCarthy (5), Mia Berardino (13), and Caitie Rooney (15) had big games for Triton

Newburyport seniors honored before the match

(Newburyport MA) Call it the curse of Senior Night if you will.

The Clippers celebrated their seniors and then lost three straight sets to rival Triton on Monday night in Cape Ann League volleyball.

“It was extremely disappointing,” said NHS coach Lori Solazzo afterwards.  “We didn’t come out the way we usually do.”

Evelyn Pearson

The Vikings (4-12) took advantage of Newburyport subpar play in game one as they broke an 8-8 tie with ten straight points.  Evelyn Pearson was the server for Triton during the run.  Caitie Rooney tipped in several winners for the Vikings. The Clippers (4-13) lost the first set, 25-12.

The second set was much more competitive after Triton raced off 22-14.  Paige Volpone and Colleen McCarthy paced the Vikings to what looked like a comfortable spread.  But sophomore Abby Gillingham served the home team into contention and forced a Triton timeout.  The Clippers would get to within a point (24-23) on big plays by Melaina Lucci and Sydney Yim.  The visitors nailed down the final point after a lengthy, exciting volley to grab the second set 25-23.

Sophomore server Sydney Yim carried the Clippers to leads of 10-4 and 21-13 in the third set.

Abby Gillingham up to block

“We didn’t give up even though down 21-13 in the third set,” recalled Triton coach Bob Van Etten.  “We just picked away and came back and took it.”

The Vikings put nine unanswered points together and after a Colleen McCarthy winner led, 22-21.  An Abby Gillingham block gave Newburyport the serve with a 24-23 deficit but again after a long volley the Vikings gained the point they needed to win the set and the match.

Viking captain Caitie Rooney was excited about the win.  “A win over Port is always a big win.  Everyone stepped up especially Mia (Berardino), Evelyn (Pearson), and Colleen (McCarthy).  Those were our hitters and they played like out of the park tonight.”

Coach Van Etten: “It was very much a team effort but Caitie Rooney had an outstanding match.”

Coach Solazzo: “We let them in several times, point by point.  Volleyball is such a team sport that you have to trust that your teammate will be where they’re supposed to be.  Once that trust gets lost it gets into your head and you fall apart a little.”

Caitie Rooney serves

The Vikings and the Clippers met previously on October 1st.  Triton took that one 3-1.  “It was a close match that could have gone either way,” recalled Coach Van Etten.

Newburyport is in its second season of volleyball.  Last year the brand-new Clippers finished 1-15.  Their win?  The last game of the season against Triton.  Excited?  “It was a five-set match and it was like winning the World Series for us,” said Coach Solazzo.

Full disclosure.  This was the first volleyball game I have ever covered.  If you’re looking for digs, reception errors etc., you’ve come to the wrong place.  Even taking pictures was a challenge because the game is very fast, and the players closest had their backs to me.  It was an adventure for sure, but I enjoyed it.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Triton wins the match

Triton wins a set

Abby Gillingham blocks

Caitie Rooney

Clippers coach Lori Solazzo

Colleen McCarthy

Colleen McCarthy serves

Jess Rosseau (8)

Julianne Heath

Julia Vachon (9) blocks Linda Freeman (26)

Julia Vachon

Kalli Doyle and Grace Shelley

Maggie Bowen

Paige Volpone

Senior Skylar Sneider

Sydney Yim (15), Melaina Lucci (5), and Abby Gillingham (15)

 

 

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