The English volleyball team seems to moving in the right direction as the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 match to Somerville Tuesday. English took Somerville to the brink but fell just short in the final set.
Somerville won by set scores of 18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 15-11.
Top performers for English were setter Amy Lon (26 serves, 10 aces, 2 kills, 0 service errors) and Merily Folestas (5 kills).
“We would’ve loved to have seen a win but I was extremely proud of the way this new team came together and played,” English coach Mike Haddad said. “It gives me a lot of hope for the start of the season. I definitely see this team going far this season.”
English hosts Malden Thursday (5:30).
Marblehead 3, Beverly 0
The Magicians earned a season-opening win in straight sets Tuesday afternoon, 25-19, 26-24, 25-8.
Camille Comstock and Sarah Lipsky had solid offensive games with five kills each, while Izzy Curtin contributed 18 assists. On the defensive side of things, Izzy Castineyra and Abby Schultz had 14 digs apiece and Anna Schluter had five blocks.
Marblehead (1-0) hosts Lynn Classical Thursday.
St. Mary’s 3, Matignon 0
The Spartans won by scores of 25-22, 25-8 and 25-21. St. Mary’s (1-0) visits Georgetown Thursday evening (5).
Classical 39 1/2, Saugus 34 1/2
Winners for the Rams were No. 3 Brett Bucklin (5 1/2-3 1/2), No. 4 Luke Rao (5 1/2- 3 1/2), No. 5 Kyle McCarthy (6-3) and No. 6 Brad Cerrone (7 1/2- 1 1/2). Andrew Patrie tied his match and Matt Devin lost a close one from the No. 7 and No. 8 spots but they helped Classical nail down key points.
“Those two guys (Patrie and Devin) got us some key points down the stretch when things were tight,” Rams coach Jack Morrison said. “I’m crediting them for digging down and getting us those points. Kyle’s match turned it around big for us. It wasn’t pretty but the kids played hard right until the end.”
Classical (1-0) takes on English Thursday.
Marblehead 65, Medford 7
Winners included Brendan Locke (7 ½-1 ½), Ben Brennan (6-3), Ben Weed (8-1), Gavin Lundgren (8-1), Will Cleary (8 ½-½), Sam Thompson (9-0), Ben Gansenburg (9-0) and Finn Keaney (9-0). Marblehead takes on Swampscott Thursday (3:45).
St. John’s 2, Masconomet 1
Gabe Najim scored in the first half to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Aidan Dooley fired in the eventual game-winner as the Eagles started their season with a victory on the road. Up next for St. John’s (1-0) is its home opener Saturday against Xavier.
Swampscott 4, Saugus 0
Fernando Barranco had two goals while Jamie Boots-Ebenfield and Valerio Tatufiore each scored once. The Big Blue (1-0) visit Marblehead (1-0) Thursday afternoon (4). The Sachems (0-1) aim for their first win of the season Friday (4) at O’Bryant.
Peabody 1, Acton-Boxborough 0
The Tanners’ defense came to play in the season opener Tuesday afternoon, as junior goalkeeper Shelby Doucette made seven saves to shut out Acton-Boxborough. The defensive group of senior Catherine Manning, junior Colleen Crotty sophomore Jordan Collins and freshman Madeleine Scacchi had a big day on the back end to help in the shutout.
On the offensive end, it was sophomore Bridget O’Connell who netted the lone goal of the game. After freshman Emily McDonough sent a ball into the offensive zone, freshman McKayla Fisher kept the ball in bounds and sent it over to O’Connell, who found the back of the net.
Peabody (1-0) takes on Medford Thursday (4).
Swampscott 5, Saugus 0
Senior Haley Bernhardt scored four goals to lead Swampscott to its first win of the season. Freshman Sophie DiGrande scored her first varsity goal, with an assist from Bernhardt. Nikki Rosa made two saves in net.
“I thought our bench did well,” Swampscott coach Norman James said. “We controlled the game like we wanted.
“It’s a very good start but I know it’s a preview,” James said. “We play Danvers Thursday. Then we can really see where we are. I’m happy with the outcome. We’re looking forward to seeing what we look like against Danvers.”