PITTSFIELD -- The uniforms aren't the only thing new in Pittsfield volleyball.
The Generals, returning only one regular, battled Mount Greylock on Wednesday night to claim their ninth win of the season. Pittsfield needed a five-set victory, 25-16, 25-13, 22-25, 19-25, 15-10, to hold off a Mounties team that pushed the home side to the limit at Berkshire Community College.
"Except for Sienna [Carpenter], who was like a half starter and she shared a position last year, everybody else is brand new," PHS coach Brian Lawton said. "Our entire starting lineup graduated. I was really surprised how quickly we came together as a team."
The Generals (9-3) are now one victory from qualifying for the Western Massachusetts tournament.
"We kind of got on a little bit of a bad streak with our confidence," said Carpenter. "I think it's good. It helps us show that we can play like a team."
Pittsfield led 13-2 in the first game and 16-5 in the second game before winning both. The Generals scored the first three points in the third game, and it looked like it might be a quick night at Paterson Field House. But the Mounties went on a 11-2 run and took the third game. That set up a fourth-game win and the decisive fifth.
"I think we could have played a lot better than we did tonight," said Greylock libero Jenna Markland. "At some points we played really well."
In the fourth game, Pittsfield scored the first five points and led 8-3 before the Mounties chipped away at the lead. Greylock (3-5) took a 15-14 lead when Paige Hamilton's serve went into the net. From there, the Mounties outscored the Generals 10-5 to win the fourth game.
"That was really important," said Markland, who led her team with 15 digs and four aces. "We learned a lot about how we play."
"I'm proud of the way they came back after being down 2-0," first-year Greylock coach John Albano said. "Obviously, it would have been better off if we hadn't started that way."
In the fifth game, the Generals scored the first three points and never gave up the lead. The third point came when Sam DeCarlo earned one of her 27 assists, setting up Hamilton for one of her 14 kills. DeCarlo also had 13 digs and two kills.
"We just talked about that we needed to bring back the energy we had in the first two sets," said Hamilton, who had eight digs and six aces to go with her 14 kills.
Three times in the final game, the Mounties closed to within a point, but couldn't catch up.
Match point came when Pittsfield's Sarah Koldys served and Greylock's Celia Bote hit a return that was just long, giving the Generals the 15th point to win the game and the match.
Greylock's Josie Verter led her team with nine kills and Hope Willis had seven kills.
"It's definitely important to get the ball right back. You can't let their serving get us into a hole," said Markland, "because it's really hard to come back from that."
Carpenter had seven kills, seven digs and six aces, while Emily Koldys had four kills and 12 digs.
"There was no quit in any of the teams tonight," said Lawton. "It was really good."
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