It was a battle for first place in the Cape Ann League Monday afternoon between the Lynnfield and Masconomet volleyball teams, with both coming into the match sporting undefeated 3-0 league records. But the Chieftains, simply put, were no match for Lynnfield, which swept the match, 27-25, 25-16, 25-21 to improve to 6-0 (4-0 CAL) on the season.
“We didn’t play nearly as well as we did (last) Friday against Reading, but I’ll take it,” said Lynnfield coach Brent Ashley. “We may not have been as well prepared as we were for Reading and I think we just didn’t get off the bus. I know they are sore and bruised after Reading, so I’m not shocked that they may be a little beaten up.”
Melissa Morelli had a huge game with a match-high 18 digs and 24 assists, while Sam Lebruska had 14 kills and freshman Ella Gizmunt had 11. Sofia Ciriello led the defense with eight digs and Daniella Colarruso had six.
The Pioneers led by as many as four points in the first set, but Masco battled back to tie the game seven times before putting the set away with a kill from Gizmunt (assist to Morelli) and a massive kill down the line from Morelli.
The second set was also close. Lynnfield led by only three, 15-12, but went on a 10-4 run to close out the set on another Morelli bullet down the line.
Masco showed some fight in the final set and jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but Lynnfield battled back to take its largest lead of the set, 17-11 after an Ashley Pagliuca ace. The Chieftains battled back and got as close as 23-21, but a double block by Gizmunt and Sophia Wilkinson followed by an Ava Buonfiglio kill closed out the set and match.
Lynnfield’s back in action Wednesday at Merrimack Valley powerhouse North Andover (5:30).
Malden 3, Classical 2
The Rams fell in a heartbreaker by set scores of 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 14-16.
Pamela Diaz had 24 service points, four aces and 17 digs, while Chloe Clement had 11 kills and two blocks. Amber Crayton had seven kills and 13 digs, while Kiara Edmonds added six kills.
Classical (5-1) hosts Saugus Tuesday evening (5).
English 5, Salem 0
Ryan Lima, Jalen Coriolan and Chris Lazo each scored one goal and dished one assist.
Bruno Cabral and Kelly Nwachukwu scored one goal each.
Obed Baswa, Ryan Zollo, and Yonel Espinoza played well defensively. Goalie Jack Mancaniello made four saves for the shutout.
English (4-0-1) travels to Winthrop Thursday (4).
Tech 5, Greater Lowell 1
Ashby Murphy and Brian Barrera each scored two goals. Erickson Licardie scored one.
The Tigers (3-2-1) host Minuteman Thursday (4).
Fenwick 2, Williams 1
Goals from Sean Kern and Liam Chricton led Fenwick. Cormac Hinchey also played a good game for the Crusaders.
Fenwick (2-1) hosts St. Mary’s Wednesday (7).
St. John’s 2, Central Catholic 0
Gabe Najim and Garrison Jorge scored one goal apiece. The Eagles (3-0) host Catholic Memorial Friday (4).
Spellman 3, St. Mary’s 1
Kayla Demers gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead on Julia Nickolau’s assist in the first half. But Spellman scored three unanswered goals the rest of the way for the win.
St. Mary’s, now 4-1, hosts Fenwick in another CCL contest Wednesday (3:45).
Lynnfield 1, Hamilton-Wenham 0
Anna Maria Ferrante scored the lone goal for the Pioneers, while goalkeeper Amberly McCarter had six saves in the shutout.
Lynnfield (2-2-1) takes on Newburyport Wednesday (3:45).
St. Mary’s 171, Lowell Catholic 128
The Spartans improved to 7-1 on the season. Top performers were Aidan Emmerich (30), Peter Pagliuca (29), Sean Mathers (29), Luke Smith (26), Luke Sargent (20), Rich Pagliuca (20) and Ethan Weisse (17).
St. Mary’s hosts Arlington Catholic Tuesday (3).
Classical 44 1/2, Saugus 27 1/2
The Rams improved to 4-3 on the season. Top performers were Tim Nerich, Brady Warren and Daniel Finnigan. Classical hosts Marblehead Wednesday (4).
Marblehead 45, Peabody 27
Ben Weed and Gavin Lundgren both earned medalist honors in the victory, each shooting a 39. Other winners for the Magicians were Noah Kaplowitch (8-1), Drake Wyman (8-1), Matt Thompson (7-2) and Matt Weed (5 1/2-4 1/2).
Marblehead (2-2) is back in action on the road against Classical Wednesday (4).
Bishop Fenwick 175, Archbishop Williams 163
The Crusaders were led by Jake Murphy (34), Nick Muzi (30) and Tom Estella (28) in the win. Fenwick (3-1) will play on the road at St. Mary’s Wednesday (3:45) at Gannon Golf Course.
Danvers 41 1/2, Swampscott 30 1/2
Aidan Graciale won his match 5-4 for Swampscott, while Lou Spellios tied his match 4 1/2-4 1/2.
The Big Blue (2-2) hosts Peabody Tuesday (4) at Tedesco Country Club.
Marblehead 3, Saugus 0
The Magicians got goals from Bryn Burton, Jette Arts and Julie Arts, while Callie O’Neill and Mae Colwell each had one assist.
Also playing well in the win were Jane O’Neil, Tess Keaney, Robin Arts, Cannon Whittier, Ellie Gransbury, Haven Linehan, Leah Veprek and Tegan Sherwood.
Marblehead hosts Tewksbury Wednesday (4).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Classical 17, Everett 42
Kevin Baker (17:01), Max Gonzalez (17:06) and Josh Stone (17:17) finished the 2.75-mile course in the top three spots, respectively.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Classical vs. Everett
Rachel Brennan (18:16) and Miriam Bamaca (19:34) finished the race first and second overall.