Boys’ volleyball: Mascenic improving under first-year coach

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Senior Spencer Dilda digs out a return in Mascenic’s game against Farmington Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Farmington on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/16/2022 1:16:21 PM

It’s only been a couple years since first-year Mascenic boys’ volleyball coach Michael Sullivan was on the other side of the lines as a Viking player. Now 10 games into his coaching career, things are starting to come together, as Mascenic won all three of its games last week to improve to 6-4.

“It feels weird being the guy sitting on the bench, telling them what to do instead of being told what to do, but it’s fun,” Sullivan said. “It’s an experience. I get to hand off some knowledge to them that I picked up in my years of play, and I get to learn things from them. At the end of the day, a learning experience for everybody.”

Sullivan’s got a roster of just seven players, which means depth is an issue, but the short bench means that he can spend more time working individually with players, something he’s taken to as his vision of the game expands now that he is watching it from the sidelines.

“There are some moments where I’m like, “‘Oh man, the way that guy played that ball, I wish I could have seen it like this before,’” Sullivan said.

The Vikings started the year alternating wins and losses, but last week against Keene, Farmington and Goffstown, Mascenic didn’t lose a single set as they moved back up above .500.

“This is definitely a feel-good win,” Sullivan said after Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Farmington. “Definitely wanted to win it coming in. They performed at the level I expected us to perform at. So it’s a feel-good win and, we’re going to use it as some momentum.”

Freshman standout Kirvan Hughes continued to look good in Wednesday’s game, leading the team with 10 kills and adding two aces. Seniors Matt Swanson (five aces, two kills) and Spencer Dilda (four kills), and Josiah Barthelmess (five kills) also made their presence felt as the Vikings dominated the visiting Tigers.

Sullivan said he hoped Wednesday’s win would be a confidence-booster going into Friday’s match with Goffstown, and it seemed to work out, as the Vikings won that contest in straight sets as well.

Dilda racked up 12 kills against the Grizzlies; Hughes had nine and Barthelmess seven.

The Vikings (6-4) were set to play a tough Hollis-Brookline team Monday after press time and then play at John Stark Wednesday.


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