Sydney Rubinstein had a career-high 18 kills in Newton South’s 3-0 volleyball triumph over conference rival Acton-Boxborough. Heading into Wednesday’s match, the host Lions (2-4) were at the bottom of the Dual County League Large, but the win makes it clear that they have the skill to claw their way back up in the standings.
“It was a nail-biter to the end,” said coach Todd Elwell. But, “statistically, we were just a little better today.”
Newton South swept No. 20 A-B, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25. In the first set, the Lions were down, 20-10, before they roared back and outscored the Colonials, 10-2, to take a 1-0 lead.
The Lions continued the momentum into the second set, going up, 20-10, before committing six errors and allowing the Colonials (7-3) back into the game. An ace by Sara Gelled-Watnick and kill by Nika Varpahovsky sealed the deal to go up, 2-0.
There were 70 possession changes, 26 came in the third set. Neither team led by more than four points in the third set, but Newton South held the edge. The Lions missed two match points at 24-22 and 24-23 but came back in the end on two consecutive kills from Rubinstein.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Elwell, in his eighth season with the Lions. “[Acton-Boxborough] has beaten some really good teams this year and we’ve lost a few close ones.”
This is a rebuilding year for the Lions, who lost eight seniors to graduation last year. As a senior captain, Rubinstein has a lot on her shoulders, but her job as been made easier by underclassmen Charlotte Robins and Varpahovsky, among others.
Varpahovsky had three aces and two of the Lions’ five blocks.
Plymouth South 3, Marshfield 0 — Junior Erica Randal had 24 assists and nine kills while her classmate and defensive specialist Sam Bazarosky was the Panthers’ top server.
Peabody 3, Hamilton-Wenham 0 — Junior middle hitter Carolyn Scacchi notched 17 kills to lead the Tanners (7-0).
Andover 3, Lawrence 0 — Senior Liz Wait had eight kills for the Golden Warriors (9-0).
Melrose 3, Watertown 0 — The 11-0 Red Raiders qualified for the state tournament.
Burlington 3, Wilmington 0 — Red Devils junior Maya Russell tallied eight aces and 15 assists.
Dartmouth 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0 — Senior Lauren Pires had 17 kills for the Indians, who won in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21.
Somerville 6, Brockton 3 — Senior Felix De Bona had three goals for the Highlanders. Junior Thayrone Mirandi had four assists.
Bishop Fenwick 2, Arlington Catholic 1 — Rishad DeSilva scored on a penalty kick with five minutes left to boost the Crusaders.
St. Sebastian’s 3, Governor’s Academy 0 — John Real scored two goals for the Arrows.
O’Bryant 4, South Boston 2 — Junior Yonetta Harris scored two of the Tigers’ goals.
East Boston 7, Burke 0 — Freshman Kenia Maldano scored her first two varsity goals for the Jets.
Latin Academy 7, Madison Park 1 — Freshman midfielder Anna Kopp had two goals and two assists for the Dragons.
Worcester Academy 15, Lawrence Academy 48 — Senior captain Chandler Mendenhall (17:06) won a 3.1-mile race at Lawrence Academy as the Hilltoppers (1-2) beat the hosts, but fell to St. Mark’s in a tri-meet.
Oliver Ames 21, Stoughton 40 — Although the Black Knights fell, sophomore Amy Kelly finished the 5,000-meter race first in 20:22, the school’s fastest time in six years.