Lee volleyball team beats Mount Greylock in Western Mass. D-III semifinals to set up another championship match against Frontier

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Lee Wildcats are headed to the Western Massachusetts Division III volleyball championshpi after defeating Mount Greylock 3-0 on Wednesday night.

While the Wildcats lost their first matchup against the Mounties at Mount Greylock Regional High School earlier in the season, they never trailed by more than one point in any of the three sets Wednesday night. Lee focused on balance, as Bailey Thomas had five attacks, while Lizzy Brown and Jayla Speers both had six on the night.

"The way we distributed the ball tonight is our forte," said head coach John Warner. "We always distribute the ball. We implemented our strategy beautifully all night. We recognize the hot hand and go to the hot hand."

The hottest hand for the Wildcats was Anna Wang, who finished with 22 digs on the night.

"Unbelievable, the way she sprawls out for the ball," Warner said. "I don't know how she gets back up off the floor. Amazing player right there."

Lee won by set scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-19.

The game started as a point exchange, as the teams traded 10-straight points, tying the game 5-5. Thomas added a spark for the Wildcats as her serves resulted in six-straight points for Lee. The set went to the Wildcats after ending on a 20-9 run.

Big runs became a trend for Lee, as it started the next set with a 6-1 lead over Greylock. This time the Mounties had an answer, responding with a 14-8 run to take a 15-14 lead. Caroline Hadley had nine aces on the night while both her and Takiera Darrow had four kills for the Mounties. Maddie Albert added three aces and 19 assists

The Wildcats had an answer for every Greylock run, however, scoring 10 of the next 15 points to claim the second set 25-20.

The momentum of the second set continued in the start of the third as Lee started the set with a 6-2 run. The Mounties tried to scratch and claw their way back into the game, cutting the lead to 22-19 and forcing a Wildcat timeout.

After the timeout Suriana Lee, who finished the night with three attacks, six digs and 21 assists, closed out the game for the Wildcats by serving three straight points.

"I just wanted to go point-by-point," Suriana Lee said. "I was so hyped up. We just wanted to make it to finals, it's been our goal all season. We wanted to prove how good we are and didn't want to let up."

The Mount Greylock Mounties end their season with a 15-5 record under first-year head coach Greg Geyer, who said he could not be happier with his team, especially his eight seniors.

"I loved it when we were going back and forth with them," Geyer said. "There was some great rallies and a lot of earned points from both sides. I love these kids and I would rather have this result with these kids instead of a different result with another group. They worked really hard, I love the work ethic of these kids. Hats off to Lee, they served really well."

For Lee, they are looking at finals matchup with top-seeded Frontier. Frontier beat Turners Falls 3-0 in the other semifinal on Wednesday. The Redhawks have a 20-2 record and have beaten Lee in the last three straight Western Mass. finals.

The match will be on Saturday at West Springfield High School, although a time was not available at press deadline.


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