Brookline powers by Tigers
Case knocks off Holbrook
A heated Bay State Conference rivalry added an extra dimension last night at Babson College: elimination.
In the Division 1 Central/East Sectional final, Brookline defeated Newton North, 3-2, in a match that went five games (17-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 15-12). It was the third time the teams had met this season - and the third time the match went the limit.
The Warriors (20-2) advanced to a state semifinal Wednesday against South champion Barnstable at Bridgewater-Raynham.
“State champion was going through my head, it was my last year and our last chance to win the title,’’ said Brookline’s Jamie Francona, who played while her father and ex-Red Sox manager Terry, looked on.
Down, 2-1, Brookline was revived in the fourth game by Francona (42 assists) as she fed Lisa Tarasyuk (10 kills) and Midzik (21 kills).
“[Francona’s] an incredible volleyball player. What else is there to say?’’ said Brookline coach Mike Frank. “Everything you could want in a setter is her.’’
Brookline’s attack crumbled in the third game with a swarm of errors.
“We needed to fix our own errors and clean up our stuff,’’ said Frank. “They don’t give you any margin for errors.’’
Division 1 Central/West
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Acton-Boxboro 0 - The Warriors beat the Colonials for the third time this year to advance to Tuesday’s state semifinal matchup with Central Catholic at Billerica.
Division 1 North
Central Catholic 3, Andover 0 - The Raiders (19-2) claimed the North title, beating Merrimack Valley Conference rival Andover with surprising ease. Andover finished 20-2, with both losses coming to the Raiders.
Division 2 Central
Marlboro 3, Hopkinton 2 - A quartet of Panther seniors led the way over the Hillers in the sectional final. Taylor Fearing had 66 assists while Melissa Scott, Laura Silverman, and Alexa Fearing chipped in with 24, 21, and 20 kills, respectively.
Division 2 South
Fairhaven 3, Bishop Feehan 0 - Kelsey Perrone-Sovik (28 assists) was 7 for 7 at the service line as the Blue Devils swept.
Division 2 North
Melrose 3, Bishop Fenwick 0 - The Red Raiders won their third straight sectional title behind 18 kills from Sarah McGowan.
Division 3 South Case 3, Holbrook 0 - The Cardinals are one step closer to a rematch with state champion Frontier.
The Cardinals (21-1) clinched their third consecutive South championship in a dominant 25-21, 25-12, 25-14 effort in Pembroke. Outside hitter Linsay Boulay (13 kills) and setter Megan Armburg (33 assists) led the way.
Case advanced to the state semifinals Wednesday against Millis.
Libero Kaylee Leduc contributed 10 digs and middle hitters Shannon Orton and Briana Sousa combined for 14 kills and three blocks.
Division 3 Central
Millis 3, Douglas 2 - Trailing 2-0, Millis fought back to win in a 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-10, 15-10 marathon, with senior middle hitter Jocelyne Norton’s career-high 24 kills, the last of which was the closer. Freshman setter Colby Vitoli had a game-high 33 assists.
The momentum built up after the second game when coach Lisa White handed the pep talk over to her senior captains Norton and Michelle Ryder (15 digs, 8 aces, 4 kills). From there, Millis took a 7-1 lead in the third match and did not stop.
Millis, the 13th and last seed in the sectional, improved to 10-12.
Division 3 North
Lynnfield 3, Austin Prep 1 - Cougars senior Jessie Kenworth had 19 kills in the loss to the Pioneers (23-0).