Friday's roundup: Big victory for Taconic volleyball over Wahconah
PITTSFIELD -- The Taconic volleyball team was down two sets to perennial power Wahconah and answered in a big way by taking the next three and beating the previously unbeaten Warriors in five sets (20-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-20, 15-13).
The Braves won the pivotal third set thanks to captain Nyanna Slaughter.
"They played inspired," Taconic coach Jen Doerle said. "My captain kept the intensity up for the team and they turned it around."
But it seemed an effort in futility in the fourth set, with the Braves down at least seven points early. But a big rally kept the match alive. With a win in the fifth and deciding set, Taconic had completed the comeback.
"We kept the same rotation," Doerle said. "We didn’t do much different.
"It’s a big win for everybody; very excited. We haven’t beaten Wahconah in a couple years."
Slaughter had a modest seven kills and three aces for Taconic. Haley Hubbard led the offense with 15 kills and added five digs and an ace. Kirsten McNeice had two aces and five digs.
For Wahconah, Becca Grunow had eight aces, 20 assists and five kills. Bethany McBain was the Warriors’ defensive standout with 20 digs, six aces and 15 kills. Bizzy King had 11 digs, three aces and eight kills.
Mount Everett 3, Berlin 0
SHEFFIELD -- It was all about aces for the Eagles, who earned their first win of the season by a 25-14, 25-17, 25-8 score.
Krista Reynolds led the way with 10 aces and two kills; Danielle Guidi added nine aces and three kills; and Melissa Abbott had five aces and six kills.
"We’ve been working hard on our serves in practice this week, and they were getting in," Eagles coach Dennis Sullivan said.
Pittsfield 173, Lee 176
PITTSFIELD -- Generals coach Chris Polidoro said he’s been working with Denis McDonough on his swing recently. It paid off as McDonough, the Generals’ No. 6 golfer, shot his second-lowest round of the season and clinched a win at Pittsfield Country Club.
"He played awesome and came through and won us the match," Polidoro said.
Ryan Grande and Adam Brickle were solid from the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, shooting a 42 and a 41. The top three golfers for Lee (Jared Fadding, Andy Consolati and Joe Free) were quite consistent, shooting a 42, 43 and 43, respectively. Lee scored its No. 6 golfer, Devyn Olds, for the second straight day.
PHS (173) -- Ryan Grande 42, Adam Brickle 41, Jake Matthews 44, Nick Martin 52, Jerry McDonough 50, Denis Cooney 46.
LEE (176) -- Jared Fadding 42, Andy Consolati 43, Joe Free 43, J.T. Brown 59, Kurt Warner 51, Devyn Olds 48.
Birdies: PHS -- Brickle (No. 9), Jerry McDonough (No. 5). L -- Free (No. 9).
Taconic 163, St. Joe’s 182
LANESBOROUGH -- Brian Bonacquisti shot a 38 on the par-35 front nine at Skyline Country Club to lead Taconic.
St. Joe’s got a 44 from Tim Wiles.
"Taconic’s depth was their strength today," said Crusaders coach Fran Brilliant. "It was a little too much for our guys to overcome. I am still happy with my team’s consistent play."
TACONIC (163) -- Kyle Nutting 48, Mitch Omelenchuck 40, Matt Duane 50, Matt Ferris 44, Brian Bonacquisti 38, John Keegan 41.
ST. JOSEPH’S (182) -- Danielle Lapierre 47, Tim Wiles 44, Joey Bongini 45, Cody Tynan 46, Dan Meunier 53, Tim Jones 55.
Birdies -- Omelenchuck (No. 8, No. 9), Ferris (No. 8), Bonacquisti (No. 8), Lapierre (No. 6), Tynan (No. 6).
Franklin Tech 17, McCann 7
ADAMS -- McCann’s Ryan Meehan played in his first match of the season, shooting a 56 on the par-34 course at Forest Park.
FRANKLIN (17) -- Troy Miller 36 (4), Cody Booska 37 (4), Josh Dempsey 47 (1), Trevor Blake 49 (3), Jake Manners 60 (1), Nate Crocker 54 (4).
MCCANN (7) -- Robert Ferriter 51 (0), Mitch Malloy 61 (0), Dylan Jordan 45 (3), Ryan Meehan 56 (1), Tyler O’Neil 57 (3).
Birdies: McCann -- Ferriter (No. 1). Franklin Tech -- Miller (No. 2 and 9), Booska (No. 9).
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