“It’s kind of the end of an era right. Now she’s a nationally respected player. It’s been an amazing ride to watch it. She’s a gifted natural athlete but she mixes that with thousands of hours of hard work and it’s been a joy to coach her,” said MacDonald.
Cassidy worked with junior Sarah Woodward (12 kills, 12 digs) in the third set as the go-to offensive duo. Leading 24-18 and with Cassidy ready to serve, fans on the Algonquin bleachers stood to applaud Cassidy. Although she did not grab game point, Woodward managed a hit past a double block to end the game, 25-18.
Woodward battled most of the second set and Cassidy Ciesluk tipped for gamepoint and a 25-19 win. Senior Victoria Whitney had 24 assists and senior Alexandra Durant chipped in 13 digs.
Woodward had a stellar performance in the first set, snapping a 5-5 tie on the way to a 17-14 lead. Cassidy picked it up toward the end of the game, netting six points including gamepoint with a hit slipping through a double block for a 25-19 final.
For video of the state championships, go to Boston.com/schools