SPRINGFIELD -- It was more a case of when rather than if, but the Lee volleyball team qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament Friday night.
The Wildcats (10-0) swept host Sabis 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 to get over the 50-percent mark and earn that postseason trip.
"Absolutely," said Lee coach John Warner, when asked if this was the first item to scratch off the to-do list. "We want to make tournament play and hope we do well this year."
Lauren Richardson led the way for the Wildcats with 10 kills, four aces, a block and six assists. Katie Morin had seven kills, a block and 15 assists for the Wildcats and Vanessa Castillo chipped in with seven kills, three aces and five digs.
LENOX -- In a rainstorm, Lenox’s Scott Carpenter and and Hannah McClusky earned individual wins on the Millionaires’ home 3-mile course.
The Lenox boys won their race with Taconic 16-44, and took the girls race 15-50. In other boys scores, Taconic beat Mount Everett 15-50 and Wahconah beat Everett 15-50. On the girls side, it was Taconic 15, Everett 50 and Wahconah 15, Everett 50. BART did not show and forfeited its meets with Drury and Lenox.
"This is where we want to be," Lenox coach Jeanne Teasdale said of her team at the midpoint of the season. "People have really come along in their workouts. The times have really been coming down since the start of the season."
Carpenter covered the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 27 seconds, six seconds faster than teammate Tucker McNinch. Jackson Alberti was third. Five of the top 10 boys were Lenox runners.
The girls were even more dominant. Led by McClusky, eight of the top 10 runners wore the maroon and gold of Lenox. McCloskey’s winning time was 21:13, and she slogged through the mud 20 seconds faster than runner-up Emily Tibbetts. Lenox’s Liz Jarck, Grace Ellrodt and Ella King rounded out the top five.