Volleyball seizes control of division with 3-0 week

Senior captains Elizabeth Hamilton and Rye Verille have more than lived up to expectations this season. (Mike Barucci photo)

Senior captains Elizabeth Hamilton and Rye Verille have more than lived up to expectations this season. (Mike Barucci photo)

The wins kept coming for the Canton High varsity volleyball team last week as the Bulldogs improved to 5-0 in division play and 8-1 overall with consecutive road victories over Milford, Stoughton, and Sharon.

The red-hot Bulldogs, whose lone loss to date has been to a 9-2 King Philip squad, has only played a single match at home thus far but already owns a three-match lead in the Davenport after last week’s three-game sweep.

Stoughton, at 6-4 overall, is currently in second place in the division, and the rival Knights certainly played like a winning team last Wednesday in a match that went the distance, with Canton pulling it out in the fifth and final set.

“Our goal was to start strong, which we did,” said head coach Pat Cawley afterwards. “However, after winning set one easily, we barely escaped with a win in set two … We let down and played flat in sets three and four, but luckily our game came back in set five and we were able to overpower Stoughton (15-7).”

Senior captain and league MVP candidate Elizabeth Hamilton had a monster game for the visitors, finishing with 29 kills, 11 digs and six aces. Sarah Reissfelder and Rye Verille also came up big for Canton, combining for 16 kills, while Kelly Dever and Julia Panico provided a spark off the bench.

The other two matches last week were considerably less competitive as Canton cruised to straight-set victories over both Milford (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) and Sharon (25-18, 25-8, 25-13).

Hamilton was outstanding in both wins, tallying 26 total kills, while fellow senior captain and libero Olivia Devoe was a force on defense. Erika Lum and Kehla Minkin also played well defensively against Milford, and Verille and Emma Murphy produced several key blocks. Against the Eagles on Thursday, Kaitlin McCarthy had a strong two-way performance, and Maria Mackie and Cassie Loftus played well defensively. Dever, Emma Gobbi, and Casey Shea contributed several blocks and also had some timely hits at the net.

This week, the Bulldogs were due to host Attleboro on Monday and will then head to Franklin on Thursday to face the 9-1 Panthers. The action continues next week with home matches against Taunton and Notre Dame Academy and an away match against Foxboro.

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