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H.S. Volleyball: Thunder starting to roll

  • 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: 9/16/2019 10:01:47 PM

Things are starting to come together for the Turners Falls High School volleyball team.

That’s bad news for area foes.

The Thunder improved to 6-1 on the season Monday night, holding off Belchertown, 25-9, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, in an independent match played in the Powertown.

“My starters are starting to click together and figure things out,” Turners head coach Kelly Liimatainen said. “We have a lot of new players this year so in the beginning of the season, rotation wasn’t easy. But they’re figuring out where they need to be, who gets what shots.”

Dabney Rollins put down a team-high 11 kills on the night, and added six aces from the service line.

“She hit the ball well,” Liimatainen said of Rollins. “She was moving the ball around the floor, not just hitting the same spot every time.”

Hailey Bogusz added seven kills and a pair of aces for the Thunder. Taylor Greene amassed eight assists to go with two aces and two kills, and Madison Liimatainen recorded five kills and three aces in the victory.

“We didn’t serve well tonight so that’s something we need to clean up,” Liimatainen said. “It was ugly at times. We needed to settle down and play the way we’re capable of. There’s still room for us to improve and we need to do that going forward.”

Turners travels to play at Chicopee on Wednesday night.

Easthampton 3, Pioneer 0 — Abby Briggs put down three aces to lead the Panthers, but visiting Easthampton came to Messer Gymnasium and picked up a 25-17, 25-14, 25-21 sweep in an independent match played Monday in Northfield.

Briggs added a kill for Pioneer, with teammate Emily Tibbetts registering two aces and a kill of her own. The club is off for a week before traveling to play Mohawk Trail next Monday.

Central 3, Franklin Tech 0 — Facing one of its toughest tests of the season, Franklin Tech fell to Central in Turners Falls by scores of 25-8, 25-17 and 25-12 in an independent match on Monday. 

Emily Ryan and Maddie Brodeur each had two kills in the loss. 

Duggan 3, Mohawk 0 — After dropping a close first set, 25-27, Duggan took control, winning set two and three each by a score of 25-17 in an independent match in Buckland. 

Clare Wasileski had five assists and a dig for Mohawk, with Hannah Plesnar adding five kills, an assist, a dig and two aces. 

Alex Lilly added four aces, Elly Patnode had a kill, an assist and three digs, Cassidy Upton had two kills, a dig and three aces and Nola Bloomer had two kills and three aces.

Chicopee 3, Greenfield 0 — Gianna Conte had a solid day at the service line, but visiting Greenfield was unable to pull the road win in a 25-18, 25-11, 25-12 loss to Chicopee in an independent match on Monday.

Conte recorded eight aces to go with six digs for the Green Wave. Rachel Dodge added three aces and dished out five assists for her squad.

Sabis 3, Athol 0 – The Red Raiders dropped an independent match against the Bulldogs on the road.

Set scores were 25-23, 25-15 and 25-12.

Lexi Forte had two kills, six aces and three assists.

Shaelynn Doherty had two aces and two kills while Katelyn Mahan added three kills for the Red Raiders. 

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