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Knight net girls battle past Kennett


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by Joshua Spaulding
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KENNETT'S HAILEY BOYNTON tries to tip the ball over the net as Kingswood's Gillian Seigars goes up for the block in action last week. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
September 23, 2021
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett and Kingswood volleyball teams both entered last Wednesday's match looking to get in the win column.

When all was said and done, it was the visiting Knights who emerged victorious, coming away with a 25-12, 25-13, 25-18 victory.

"We've kind of beat ourselves in our defeats, so it's nice to see them loose, having fun and doing things they're capable of doing," said Kingswood coach Lynette Place. "There was a lot of people doing a lot of good things."

"They were better than we were, but we moved well," said Kennett coach Craig Bartolomei. "But they have some girls who can put balls away."

Kennett got off to a good start with the first two points in the first set, including an ace from Angelina Abrams. Kingswood came back and pulled out to a 7-2 lead behind hits from Gillian Seigars and Brooke Tasker and an ace from Seigars. Kennett got a nice hit from Jozelyn Henry and an ace from Grace Acone to cut the lead to 7-5, but Kingswood got a hit from Tasker, along with a service aces and Dakota Turner also had a key hit as the Knights went up 10-5.

Stella Keeler came back with a hit for the Eagles and helped them pull within 12-8, but Turner had back-to-back hits and then added a service ace as the Knights went up 16-9. Lagan Tatarczuk came through with a hit for the Eagles and Tasker added one for the Knights as they pushed the lead to 21-11.

Seigars had a nice hit to help the Knights seal the 25-12 win and the 1-0 lead.

Tasker and Seigars had nice early hits as the Knights got out to a 4-2 lead in the second game, but Kennett came back with a nice block from Henry. Turner and Harmony Drenning added hits and Seigars had a service ace to push Kingswood's lead to 11-5. They pushed the lead to 14-6 before Kennett's Olivia Arias and Tatarczuk came through with solid work together at the net. Siegars then added a pair of blocks to push the lead to 17-8.

Kennett came back with an ace from Acone, but Kingswood responded with one from Tasker as the Knights opened things up to 20-10. A Seigars kill helped push the lead to 22-0 but Kennett got a service ace from Arias to keep them alive. However, Kingswood finished strong and took the 25-13 win for the 2-0 lead.

The third set saw the Knights get out to a 3-1 lead behind a hit from Tasker and an ace from Emily Matos, but Kennett came back and tied the game at three. Hits from Tasker and Seigars and a Turner ace helped the Knights get out to a 6-3 lead.

Kennett battled back with good hits from Arias and Henry to pull even at eight before a Seigars ace and a hit from Turner got Kingswood out to the 12-9 lead. Kennett fought back and pulled even at 13 with a hit from Arias but again, the Knights took the lead, with Seigars and Tasker finishing hits at the net. Tasker added an ace and Kingswood led 19-14.

The Eagles got strong play from Abrams and Arias to cut the lead to four, but a Mariah Aikens ace helped the Knights keep the lead. Tatarczuk and Henry had hits for the Eagles, but Kingswood was able to finish out the 25-18 win for the 3-0 victory.

"We had some nice kills and some strong plays at the net," Place said. "We have a young setter (Sophie Moulton) and I thought she played well. She made good choices and good decisions.

"Serves weren't our thing, we had too many deep," she continued. "But that's something we can fix."

"I thought we did a good job of receiving compared to what we have been," Bartolomei said. "I think we did a good job of covering their hitters.

"I was happy with how we played," the Eagle coach added. "If we play like that in other games, we can win a few."

The Knights are slated to host Somersworth on Friday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., will be hosting Coe-Brown on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. and will visit Pelham on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5:45 p.m.

Kennett is scheduled to be at Nute on Friday, Sept. 24, at 5:45 p.m. and will be hosting Inter-Lakes on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m.

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

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