Saturday September 15, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Lee volleyball team went north to face a Mount Greylock team that had been a Wildcat tormentor for the past couple of seasons.

Not so Friday, as the Wildcats went home with a 25-19, 26-24, 25-17 victory.

"It seems so huge because in the past two years, they've really just dominated our team," Lee's Katie Morin said. "It's just really great to come back with a really strong team this year and win out. It's really nice."

The Wildcats used big runs in each of the three sets to earn the victory. It was a 10-0 run in the first set that told the story, a 6-1 run in the second and 5-1 in the third to seal the victory.

Lee (4-0) keeps pace with league leader Wahconah, while Greylock (1-4) continues its struggles -- at least in the standings.

Ask Greylock coach Phil Paul and a different story will be told. It's a tale of rebuilding and improving. It's a message that hasn't escaped the Mountie players.

"We're trying to work our way up there and work really hard," said Michala Dean, one of two Greylock seniors. "It's progress. You just have to work on it and keep doing what we're doing."

The second set proved to be pivotal. Greylock led much of the way and went up 24-23. But the Wildcats returned Markland's serve and Sam Farina powered the ball to Amanda Galib, who couldn't return and tied the score. Farina served out the second set.


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"It was a really good pressure-cooker match for them," Lee coach John Warner said of his team. "I'm glad that they had that one."

Morin led the Wildcats with 13 kills, 3 aces, 3 blocks and 13 assists. Many of those assists went to teammate Lauren Richardson, who had 7 kills, 7 aces and 14 assists. Alyssa Kelly chipped in with four kills.

Greylock's Michala Dean had 12 kills, 5 blocks, 15 digs and 7 assists. Kara Garofolo had 10 service points, 12 digs and 2 aces while Jenna Markland had 10 digs.

"When you go into a match like this, believe me, I'm sweating right now when you play a match like this," said Lee coach John Warner. "Greylock and I have been going back and forth for years."

Lee remained strong in the third and what proved to be the final set. With the score tied at 3, the Wildcats scored three straight points and never gave up the lead.

The Wildcats threatened to blow this one out by taking a 16-10 lead, forcing Paul to call a time out. The Mounties stormed back to make it 19-15, but never got closer. Morin scored off a set-up by Richardson and then served the final two points to win the match.

"Last year, they were really strong," Richardson said of Greylock. "This year, we have six seniors ourselves. So we're ready."