ATHOL — Mount Everett showed no signs of tired legs, coming off the bus after a long road trip and winning a close first set against Athol. The Red Raiders regrouped, however, taking the next three sets, earning a 23-25, 25-15, 25-15, 26-24 win over the Eagles in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament on Thursday.

Everett led 22-20 in the fourth set, but two Athol aces tied the game at 22, allowing the host to pull away.

Kayla Krom led Everett with 10 kills, three aces and one block. Jess Abbott had two aces, five kills and two blocks, Parker Snyder added three aces and three kills.

"The two middle sets don't represent how close the game was," Everett coach Dennis Sullivan said. "It was good all-around game. We're proud of the girls. They did a great job."


In Amherst, Pittsfield struggled to maintain its offense, losing 25-8. 25-14, 25-12 to Amherst in the first round of the Western Mass Division II tournament.

Amherst's outside hitters kept Pittsfield off balance. When the Generals did control the Hurricanes' spikes, their setters failed to put the ball where their outside hitter could take advantage.

Riley Nichols led Pittsfield with nine assists and two aces. Michaela LeBlanc had three kills and two aces. Rachel Munch had three kills and two digs. Katara Mullett added five digs and four aces.

"[Amherst] had two really good outside hitters and they put a lot of pressure on us." Pittsfield coach Brian Lawton said. "We didn't pass as well as we normally do. Their serving wasn't tough. We just couldn't get our offense going."



Trailing early in the first set, Taconic rallied to close the gap, but the Braves could not complete the comeback, dropping the set and losing the match to Chicopee 25-23, 25-9, 25-17 in the first round of the Western Mass Division II tournament.

Julia Kalinowsky led Taconic with 12 assists, two kills and two aces. Sam Wehry had one assist, three kills and two blocks. Jasmine Rodriguez added six kills, three aces and three digs.

"We were playing really well the first game, we just lost it at the last point," Taconic coach Jennifer Doerle said. "We came back strong in the second game, but it wasn't enough."