Red Raiders remain unbeaten, take down Tigers

Lexi Hamlett finished with 14 assists, four aces and a kill as Athol High School continued its early-season surge with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 independent girls’ volleyball win over South Hadley Wednesday in Athol.

The Red Raiders remain unbeaten in the early going at 3-0 and have yet to drop a set, also winning three-setters over both Easthampton and Belchertown High School.

Annie MacLean finished with two kills, eight digs and two aces in the win, while Tessa Neverett recorded one ace, four kills and nine digs.

Maddi Kelleher led the Tigers with five aces, two kills and seven digs, Kelly Pouliot recorded eight digs, and Rachel Dizek added five assists.

Athol won the junior varsity match 25-14, 25-15, 15-8.

The Red Raiders journey to Fitchburg on Friday afternoon to take on independent foe St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School.

Turners Falls 3, Easthampton 2 — Turners Falls High School faced a one-game deficit twice on Wednesday night.

Easthampton High School won the first set to take a 1-0 lead and then, after Turners Falls tied the score with a win in the second, won the third set to grab a 2-1 lead, but the Indians dug deep and pulled out a 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 15-6 win in an independent girls’ volleyball match in Easthampton.

The Indians (4-0) actually held a large lead in the third set but allowed the Eagles to come back and win the game to move to within one set away from victory. Turners Falls showed some grit, and pulled out the close win in the fourth set, before cruising in the fifth.

“I’m proud of the girls, they played hard,” Turners coach Kelly Yankowski said. “We stopped playing in the third game. We couldn’t finish. But in the fourth and fifth games the girls came back and were much stronger.”

Shelby Lewis finished with 22 kills, eight digs and one ace in the win, while Mackenzie Salls set a personal record with 29 assists to go along with four aces and two kills. Tess Hunter added six kills and two blocks, and Hailey Whipple collected nine digs.

Mahar 3, Chicopee 1 — Kate Donelan finished with 14 aces and six kills on Wednesday as Mahar Regional School upended Chicopee High School, 25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 25-11 in a independent girls’ volleyball match in Orange.

Kelly Leblanc added 21 assists in the win, while Erin Robinson and Sabrina Ledeau each collected six kills.

Belchertown 3, Mohawk 0 — Cara McKenzie finished with four aces and one kill on Wednesday as Belchertown knocked off Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 25-17, 27-25, 25-10 in an independent girls’ volleyball match in Belchertown.

Erica Kamins recorded 10 aces, nine digs and four assists for the Orioles.

Bobby Jo Tuthill finished with six aces and two kills for the Warriors, Angel Donovan added four kills, and Nelly O’Connell chipped in one kill and four assists.

PV Christian 3, FC Tech 0 — Briana Porter registered three kills, three aces and one block to lead Pioneer Valley Christian School to a 25-19, 26-24, 25-17 independent girls’ volleyball win over Franklin County Technical School Wednesday in Turners Falls.

Emily Jefson added four kills in the win.

Katie Newell paced Franklin Tech (0-4) with two aces, four assists and five digs, Erica Galipault added four kills, and Shelby Williams chipped in four aces.

Holyoke 3, Pioneer 2 — Holyoke High School came back from a two-set deficit to win the final three sets and post a 22-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-7 independent girls’ volleyball victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School Wednesday in Holyoke.


Greenfield 18, McCann Tech 6 — Tyler Boissonneault shot a 44 to win low gross and sweep four points and Greenfield High School defeated McCann Technical School, 18-6, in a Bi-County North Division golf match Wednesday at the Country Club of Greenfield.

Riley Phelps, playing at No. 1, came in one stroke behind Boissonneault, the No. 2 player on the Green Wave, with a 45, and also took four points. Zach Avery, playing at No. 5, shot a 47 and swept four points, while Colin McGahan and Christian LaPlante each shot 50 and took three points.

Greenfield did not have a sixth golfer and forfeited four points in the final spot.

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