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Timber Wolves cruise past 'Toppers

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

1ALLIE STOCKMAN reaches for the ball during her team's win over Somersworth last week. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
October 22, 2020
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain volleyball team took care of business against Somersworth on Wednesday, Oct. 14, picking up the 3-0 win over the 'Toppers, the second win against the squad in the last week.

"They're solid, they keep the ball in play," said Prospect coach Scott Hutchins, whose team lost 3-1 to Coe-Brown the previous night.

Prospect got out to a 2-0 lead with Julia Leavitt getting a big hit but Somersworth came back and took the 3-2 lead. Another Leavitt hit tied the match at three before the 'Toppers came back and scored the next two points to go up 5-3. Sophia Bean had a hit and then Leavitt had an ace to tie the match at five. Prospect couldn't pull away, though Sophie Sarno had a service ace and Bean and Ella Misiaszek both had hits to tie the match.

Leavitt came through with seven big hits across the next 13 points, with Prospect surging out to a 21-10 lead. The visitors tried to close the gap, getting it to 22-12 but Jiana Kenerson came through with a hit to get Prospect back on the board. The Timber Wolves were able to close out the 25-14 win for the 1-0 lead.

The second set saw the visitors get out to a 3-1 lead but a hit from Misiaszek and then four aces from Leavitt sparked a strong run for the Timber Wolves that propelled them out to a 9-3 lead, with Sarno also chipping in with a kill. The 'Toppers closed the gap to 10-7 but Prospect opened it up again with three points in a row, keyed by a kill from Kenerson.

Prospect opened the lead up a bit more, with Kenerson and Leavitt each getting kills to push the lead to 19-9. Somersworth came back with three points in a row to cut the lead to 19-12 but Prospect got a hit from Bean, another from Sarno and two aces from Leavitt to close out the 25-13 win and the 2-0 lead.

Leavitt got Prospect started in the third set and Kenerson and Bean each added hits. However, Somersworth was able to keep even, tying the match at two, three, four and five. Misiaszek and Leavitt continued the attack for Prospect and the Timber Wolves went up 7-5 and took a 10-7 lead before the visitors came back to cut the lead to 10-9.

Bean and Misiaszek added hits for the Timber Wolves as they started to open up the lead, going up 18-10 and 19-11. Kenerson had a nice tip at the net and Misiaszek added another hit for the 21-13 lead. The Timber Wolves closed things out with an ace from Allie Stockman for the 25-15 win and the 3-0 victory.

Hutchins noted that after a tough night against Coe-Brown, Stockman bounced back nicely, and Leavitt continued her impressive season to date.

"Last night, Allie was running around all over the place," Hutchins said. "But tonight, she didn't miss anything.

"And Julia was phenomenal," the Timber Wolf coach added. "And Sophia, she's starting to put it down hard. She's come on, she's impressed me with how she's gone from one level to another."

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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