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Girls Volleyball

Vikings take round one

Mascenic rebounds from opening-game loss to defeat Wilton-Lyndeborough 3-1

  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Mascenic girls volleyball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-1, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
  • The Irreplaceable: Cheyanne Sauvola, Mascenic volleyball<br/><br/>Another year, another dominant Mascenic senior volleyball player whose presence will be sorely missed. Sauvola dominated at the net all season long up until the Vikings’ shocking first-round postseason ouster; we only wish we could have watched her on a deep playoff run.

It was a tale of two teams on Monday night.

And that can be said for both the Mascenic and Wilton-Lyndeborough girls volleyball team.

In the opening game of the best-of-five match, the Warriors looked like the more prepared team. They were passing well, making smart decisions and playing aggressive defense at the net.

The Vikings, on the other hand, were not working together and it led to a stagnant approach on offense.

“If you’re not serving well and not passing well, nothing is going to connect,” said Mascenic coach Missy Salo. “If we shut down talking, communicating and moving we beat ourselves and that was evident in all the games when we struggled.”

The end result was a 25-23 win for WLC, as the Warriors scored three of the final four points of the game to take an early 1-0 lead.

“We missed some serves in the beginning, but once we got it together we were getting our serves in, we were passing and setting and hitting, so the first game was great,” said WLC coach Christie Stanley.

Then it was as if the roles reversed.

The Vikings were the ones to take charge in game two and it led to a 25-15 win to even the match at one game apiece. And from there it was all Mascenic, as they won the final two games — both by double digits— to take the first of two meetings, 3-1.

With the way the first game went, it looked as though fans were in for a five-game thriller. With the game deadlocked at 22, WLC junior Rachel Graves gave the Warriors a 23-22 lead with one of her three kills of the opening game only to have Mascenic’s Amber Salo make a huge save that led to a point and another tie.

“We talked a lot, we moved our feet, which was good because we got a lot of nice sets and good hits,” said senior Margaret Weigle.

But a missed Vikings’ serve and a miscommunication on game point gave WLC the two-point win.

“We weren’t talking on the floor like we should have been. We needed to be moving around more and communicating and it just wasn’t happening,” said senior Cheyanne Sauvola.

It was another back and forth start to game two after a split of the first 22 points. Then the Vikings took over, scoring the next four points thanks to the serving of senior Elisabeth Martel and that coupled with the hitting of Sauvola allowed for Mascenic to grab control of the game. Graves added a tip and two kills in an attempt to get the Warriors back into it, but the Vikings were too much.

“We noticed it was difficult for Wilton to pick up our offense, so if we were smart and creative rather than just giving it back like we did in the first game we were fine,” said Salo.

Mascenic jumped out to a 6-1 lead in game three and never looked back. They led 14-5 at one point following an ace from sophomore Casey Wayrynen and went on to win 25-10. Becca Lefebvre served for five straight points and the offense was scoring in all different ways. Sauvola had two kills, Salo, Martel and Jaycie Rautiola all had points around the net.

“Once we started getting our plays set up and hits going down and talking, it made a big impact,” said Sauvola.

The Warriors just didn’t have an answer.

“We couldn’t really get our passes to the setter and our hits were off,” said Weigle. “We’ll get it. We’ve got a whole season ahead of us and we’ll get our positions down. It’s only the second game.”

The fourth game started out close, but the Vikings were just too much, winning 25-13.

“They were flat footed. They weren’t anticipating and they weren’t covering the floor after that first game and it takes more than one game to win a match,” said Stanley. “But for only having two returning starters, it’s a start.”

Graves finished with nine kills and two tips. Sauvola led the way with eight kills and three tips and four aces.

WLC travels to ConVal on Monday, while Mascenic hosts Trinity next Friday.

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