Brookline rallies past North Quincy
Propelled by a “I believe that we can win’’ chant and senior outside hitter Maya Midzik’s 22 kills, Brookline beat rival North Quincy, 3-2, last night in a Division 1 Central/East semifinal at North Quincy.
“It was definitely the hardest match we played all year. It didn’t even come down to who wanted it more because we both wanted it badly,’’ said Midzik, whose team prevailed, 25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13.
The match boiled down to the fifth set. After North Quincy called time out, Alison Brailey blasted a free ball for a 14-12 advantage, and Midzik finished it off with a hit past a double block.
“We’ve lost to them in bracket play every year for the past four or five years, but we weren’t doing that this year, this year we’re winning,’’ said Midzik, who leads the Warriors in kills, service aces, and digs.
Senior setter Jamie Francona set up sophomore middle blocker Lisa Tarasyuk for 17 kills. Francona collected 50 assists, a game and career high, according to Brookline coach Michael Frank.
In the fourth set, senior outside hitter Marie Fleming had seven kills to help the Warriors even the match.
“We kept pounding, we never stopped hitting and that wears on a team,’’ said Frank. “We can hit at you from anywhere.’’
The second and third sets were in North Quincy’s court thanks to Olivia and Maya Umoren. Olivia finished with 17 kills and Maya had 11 kills and three blocks.
The Warriors took the first set after trailing, 10-4.
The Warriors improved to 19-2 and will play Newton North, a 3-0 winner last night over Quincy, in the sectional final tomorrow night at Babson College.
Brookline was eliminated in the quarterfinals last season. The Warriors don’t plan on falling short again, said Midzik.
North Quincy ended its season 19-3.
Division 1 Central/West
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Algonquin 0 - The second-seeded Warriors swept at home, 25-22, 25-10, 25-15, to improve to 18-2 and move on to face Acton-Boxboro, a 3-0 winner last night over Franklin. Algonquin finished 16-7.
Division 3 North
Austin Prep 3, Shawsheen 0 - Middle hitter Jessie Kenworthy had 18 kills and five blocks to help the Cougars advance to the sectional final, where they will take on Lynnfield in a rematch of last year’s final.
Division 3 North Georgetown 1, Rockport 0 - Ryan Browner scored midway through the second half for the Royals, who will play Lynnfield, a 6-1 winner over St. Mary’s, in tomorrow’s final.
Division 3 North
St. Mary’s 3, Watertown 2 - Junior captain Maggie Carey powered the Spartans with a goal and an assist in a semifinal matchup. St. Mary’s will face Georgetown, a 1-0 victor over Lynnfield, in tomorrow’s final.