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Boys’ volleyball: Vikes must bust their rust

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' volleyball team hosted Keene on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:2PM

The Mascenic boys’ volleyball has the talent and tools to make some serious noise this season. However, the loudest noise emanating from the Vikings’ gym during their home opener against Keene on Tuesday were celebratory shouts of “Opa!” from the Blackbirds as the visitors swept their way to a 3-0 shutout victory.

“Myself included, it was a team not playing well,” said first-year head coach Tommy Milbert, a Mascenic alum who took over the program this season after assisting for several years. “I just feel like a couple key players weren’t there. I don’t know if it was adrenaline or if it was rust but it was ugly...hopefully it was just first-game-of-the-season kinks.”

After dominating last weekend’s preseason jamboree, including a blowout win over the same Keene team, Mascenic was confident heading into Tuesday night, but indecision and a poor passing game made the Blackbird’s net game look good, Milbert said, and the Vikings fell in straight sets.

“I know exactly what I need to work on this week,” Milbert said. 

Once they round into form, the Vikings could have a noteworthy season. Senior setter Jake Zina is the setup man for a pair of 6’8” spikers in Zach Totaro and Nate Long; behind them, Nick Totaro, Dawson Somero and Josiah Barthelmess are floating around ready to make plays. 

 “I’ve been telling anyone who’s asking – it’s championship or bust this season,” Milbert said. “That was a really ugly game, but it’s still championship or bust for me…if we’re playing at our best, we’re going to be tough to beat.”

Mascenic (0-1) is at Londonderry Friday at 5:15 p.m.