Wednesday September 19, 2012

DALTON -- The Wahconah volleyball team has showed a little resilience in coach Dave Lussier’s first season.

The Warriors pulled out their second five-setter of the season on Tuesday, stopping St. Joe’s 25-15, 18-25, 29-31, 25-19, 15-9. Wahconah (6-0, 6-0 Berkshire County) had to rally from a set down for the win.

"St. Joe’s, after the first set, they started moving the ball around early and taking advantage of Maddie Roulier. she played a great game," Lussier said. "My girls in the fourth and fifth set, settled down, stopped committing service errors and we were able to pull out two close ones."

Roulier finished with 12 kills, nine aces and two blocks for the Crusaders (2-3, 2-3). The Warriors got seven aces, 25 assists and two kills from Becca Grunow while Bizzy King added four aces, 10 kills and four blocks. Emily Jordan chipped in eight kills and 12 digs.

Virginia Goggins had three kills and 12 assists in the loss for St. Joe’s. Teammate Leanne Hamilton added three kills and three digs.

Lussier said he’s happy with his team’s unbeaten start, which also includes a five-set win over Lenox to start the year.

"I inherited a well-established program," he said. "The girls have been going through the transition of a new coach I think very well. It’s been fun so far."

Wahconah’s next match is at Taconic on Thursday while St. Joseph’s will head to Lee that same afternoon.


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Lenox 3, Greylock 0

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Lenox volleyball team didn’t have to use its muscle much Tuesday. The Millionaires cruised to a 25-10, 25-21, 25-16 victory over host Mount Greylock.

"We did a little better in the second [set], but not much," Greylock coach Phil Paul said. "Lenox played well, but I expected to be a little better against them than we were [Tuesday]."

Lenox took advantage of Greylock’s poor communication and slumping service game to quickly establish a 1-0 lead. The Mounties did play better in the second -- talked better, passed better too -- but the Millionaires were too much. Lenox wasted little time claiming their third match with a nine-point victory in the third set.

"It just wasn’t our night," Paul said. "We’ve been getting better each week and we came in [Tuesday] and to come up with this performance, it was disappointing."

Rachel Cogswell helped fuel the Lenox offense with 10 assists. Jackson had five kills and five blocks. Kristen Read and Cogswell each had four aces.

Michala Dean had Greylock’s best night with 20 digs, 12 kills and three aces. The most telling Greylock stat, though, was Paul’s estimated 18 service errors.

The Mounties will try to earn their second win of the season on Thursday at Monument Mountain. Lenox hosts Pittsfield next that same day.