Boston English stays perfect, takes City crown again
The Boston English volleyball team had plenty to play for yesterday: A third straight Boston City League championship, and a 20th consecutive victory to start its season.
Boston English was up to the task, beating O’Bryant in four sets, 25-17, 25-16, 9-25, 25-11.
The Bulldogs had a slow start in the first, falling behind, 15-11.
“I think a lot of it was nervousness,’’ said coach Hardy Mondesir, who has a 55-1 record at Boston English. “I told them this is what you’re going to expect, this is a very good defensive team. But, they finally settled down and started putting the ball in the right place.’’
That’s where captain Yabriela Perez came in, delivering four kills and four service aces to close the first set, 25-17. Mondesir switched up his rotation in the third set, resting his starters during a 25-9 loss.
But the Bulldogs revamped for the fourth set, with Johnaly Garcia-Amaro and Perez launching a combination of hits and kills for an 11-point lead.
“The last set, this is when it all started unwinding. I told [setter Tracylynn Pagan] to keep the ball in the front and move it around and that’s what they did,’’ said Mondesir.
Perez landed two service aces, making it 24-10, and Pagan set up Perez to power down a match-winning hit.
Marlborough 3, Plymouth South 0 - Seniors Laura Silverman and Alexa Fearing combined for 23 kills to lift the host Panthers (18-0) on set scores of 25-16, 25-12, 25-14.
Blackstone Valley 3, Bristol-Plymouth 2 - Marissa Bunnewith had 14 service points, 8 aces, 14 kills, and 2 blocks to lead the host Beavers (18-4) in the semifinals of the state Vocational tournament.
Shawsheen 1, Whittier 0 - Senior halfback Dan Suarez scored the winning goal with six minutes left as the Rams qualified for the state tournament.
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Weston 0 - Senior Ryan Bassinger scored two goals, each assisted by senior Andres Driscoll.
Barnstable 9, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 - Junior Evan Tommermo scored the first two goals, and senior Caio Mitre had four assists.
Bourne 3, Dighton-Rehoboth 0 - Junior forward Blade Leavenworth scored two goals to help the Canalmen (7-6-5) qualify for the state tournament.
Oliver Ames 1, Whitman-Hanson 0 - David Stapleton picked up his seventh goal of the season and David MacKinnon notched his 10th shutout for the 19th-ranked Tigers (11-3-3).
St. John’s Prep 3, Everett 0 - Bryan Browne scored his first goal of the season, and Ken Fryer had four saves for his eighth shutout.
Matignon 3, Somerville 1 - Senior Maretta Guinden scored all three goals for the Warriors.
Plymouth South 5, Taunton 1 - Freshman forward Alex Powers scored two goals for the Panthers.
Randolph 4, Minuteman 0 - Makisha Germain had three goals, giving her 30 for the season, and Anna Mbengam posted her eighth shutout.
North Andover 2, Triton 0 - Pam Coufos scored both goals.
Natick 2, Wellesley 0 - Haley Reddish scored both goals for Natick.
Fairhaven 1, Westport 0 - Senior Jane Lamarre-Dejesus broke her school record for goals in a season, scoring her 17th to power Fairhaven.