PITTSFIELD -- The countdown to Western Mass. is over for the Taconic volleyball team.
The Braves notched their 10th win of the season in impressive fashion Wednesday, clinching a postseason berth with a three-set sweep of Mount Greylock.
Taconic coach Jennifer Doerle said she felt a sense of relief after the victory, with her team achieving the goal it set at the beginning of the year.
"It was kind of a sense of relief that we got there. It’s good to be back. We haven’t been back in a couple years," Doerle said.
The Braves punched their ticket to Western Mass. with 25-19, 25-13, 25-16 win.
Nyanna Slaughter led the Braves with 13 kills and one block. Haley Hubbard added eight kills and one ace; Alyssa Doerle had five kills and four aces; and Kirsten McNeice had four aces and two kills.
Celia Bote led Mount Greylock with seven digs. Dagny Albano added eight digs and eight assists. Hope Willis and Jenna Markland combined for seven kills and 12 blocks.
The Braves have achieved their goal, but their coach believes they still have work to do.
"They were full of excitement and there is a real sense of gladness that they made it," Doerle said. "But we have to keep improving our skills and get ready [for Western Mass]."
Wahconah 3, Mount Everett 1
DALTON -- The Wahconah volleyball team had its last match postponed in the fifth set Monday due to a power outage.
Wednesday, the Warriors had more than enough juice to defeat Mount Everett, 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20.
Sara LaFreniere led the Warriors with eight kills and six digs. Kayla Pravia added five digs, and Faith Pudlo added two aces and five digs.
Everett’s Kayla Krom tied for the game high with eight kills. Ashlee Shaw led all players with 10 assists. Sarah Ackerman added four kills and three aces.
The win is Wahconah’s third this season, and coach David Lussier said he hopes his team can make a run to the postseason.
"Our offense really came together," Lussier said. "The girls are starting to play well. We’re looking forward to the second half of the season. Hopefully we can reach our goal of making the [Western Mass.] tournament."
Pittsfield 3, St. Joseph 1
PITTSFIELD -- Strong serving from the Generals led to a win Wednesday.
Pittsfield needed four sets to defeat the Crusaders, winning the first set 25-15, losing the second 25-18, and winning the next two 25-14 and 25-22.
Michaela LaBlanc fired 10 aces for PHS. Emily Koldys added three aces along with 10 kills. Taylor Turner had three aces, two kills and one dig.
Colleen Baker led St. Joe with six digs and three kills. Leanne Hamilton had five kills and eight assists, and Andrea Krahforst-Lang seven kills, five assists.
St. Joe is still looking for its first win of the season.
Longmeadow 3, Lenox 2
LONGMEADOW -- Non-conference foe Longmeadow handed the Lenox volleyball team its third loss in a row Wednesday.
Longmeadow battled back after losing the first two sets, prevailing 21-25, 19-25, 25-19, 24-15, 15-8.
Liz Mitts led all players with 12 kills. Raiche Wright added nine kills, four digs and three blocks and Kristin Read had 29 assists.
With eight wins this season, Lenox is searching for its final win to clinch a Western Mass. berth. The Millionaires have seven games left, and coach Ed Paquette said he’s more worried about seeding than qualifying at this point.
He added that the tough stretch of games his team has played will make them better as the season goes on.
"They dug their heels in. They’re a very seasoned team," Paquette said. "They played a good last three games; we had their number the first two. Tough matches are what you learn from."