School Roundup: Spartans volleyball defeats St. Joseph

The St. Mary’s volleyball team pushed its match against St. Joseph to five sets, and came from behind to earn the 3-2 win on the road.

After falling behind, 1-0, after a 25-11 loss in the first set, the Spartans went to the wire in the second to pull out a 26-24 win. St. Joseph took set three 25-18, but St. Mary’s stormed back to take the fourth set, 25-20, and the fifth, 15-11.

Junior outside hitter Grace Fielding racked up 22 service points with five aces. Freshman middle hitter Alyssa Grossi added seven kills and eight service points, while junior libero Brianna Doherty played an outstanding game in the back row.

Beverly 3, Somerville 1

The Panthers won the first set, 25-15, before falling in the second, 25-23. In set three, Beverly won 25-21 before closing out the match with a dominant 25-4 win in set four.

Maddy Cassidy had 14 aces and Kate Mulligan had 11 aces and five kills. Mari Ellis added five kills and Brianna Snow made 14 digs.


Saugus 5, English 0

The Sachems stayed unbeaten with a shutout win. Alivia Burke led the way with two goals, while Alli Kotkowski and Shaylin Groark each added one. In her second varsity game, freshman Jamie Marino scored her first varsity goal. Cailey MacEachern, Gabby Moreschi and Ashley Walsh also played well for Saugus.

For English, goalie Tommi Hill was busy throughout the contest, and tallied 30 saves in a strong showing in net. Teressa Demirs, Sydney Denham and Grace Gately each played well on defense for English (3-9-1), which will take on rival Classical Tuesday night at Manning. Saugus (12-0) hosts Revere Tuesday.

Peabody 8, Medford 1

The Tanners jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a half and didn’t look back to improve to 6-2-2.

Emily Nelson had a goal and three assists, while Jillian Arigo and Amber Kiricoples each added two goals and an assist. Aja Alimonte (goal, assist), Sarah Buckley (goal, assist) and Haley Baker (goal) also provided offense for Peabody.

Goalkeepers Jordan Muse and Shelby Doucette each played a half and combined for eight saves.

Danvers 3, Swampscott 0

Big Blue coach Alvi Ibanez said the individual speed and high game I.Q. that the Falcons possess proved to be too much for his squad to counter Friday evening. Fiona Herring made some outstanding saves in net for Swampscott, and Kayla Kornitsky played a strong game defensively.

The Big Blue head to Peabody Tuesday.


Saugus 3, Pope John 1

Joel DaSilva scored two goals and Jonathan Rodrigues scored one. Juan Lopez got the win in net. Saugus (6-2) clashes against Swampscott on Monday.

“We had trouble connecting in the final third even though we dominated possession wise and controlled the ball,” Saugus coach Larry Bolduc said. “Gaspar Jean played phenomenal as a playmaker in our back half.”

Peabody 3, Beverly 0

Two goals from Johnny Alves and another from Austin Silva helped the Tanners improve to 6-5-1.

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