The Gilford seniors were honored during Senior Night against Kingswood on Oct. 10. Top row (left to right): manager Alannah Mattice, Kira Crites, Erin Pumphret, Sophie Brunt, Siobhan Kirwan. Front row (left to right): Cheralynn Corsack, Brooke Beland, Charleyne Panner, Kelly Gallant. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 15, 2012GILFORD – With eight seniors on the roster plus a reliable team manager, Senior Night in Gilford was especially meaningful for the Gilford volleyball team on Oct. 10.
The Golden Eagles took care of business on a night that honored the Class of 2013, as the club swept visiting Kingswood, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17, to enter the final week of the regular season with a sterling 12-1 record.
The win marked the final home matches for the unit of Charleyne Panner, Kelly Gallant, Brooke Beland, Kira Crites, Sophie Brunt, Erin Pumphret, Siobhan Kirwan and Cheralynn Corsack, as well as team manager Alannah Mattice. Gilford will no doubt play at least one match in its gym during the postseason however.
With all the seniors on display against Kingswood, it was a freshman who stepped up offensively to carry the load. Jordan Dean registered 11 kills on the night, showing the future is still in plenty good hands for coach Joan Forge's team.
Kira Crites and Pumphret each had five kills to aid the offense, while Jessa Crites chipped in with four kills. Mikaela Mattice and Kirsten Dionne each had two kills.
Junior Danica Gelotte dished out 20 assists and 14 digs from her setter position, as she has stepped up in place of the injured Panner. Jessa Crites had seven digs while Gallant totaled eight as the team's libero.
Gilford also served well on the night, as the Eagles totaled 13 aces. Gallant was 13-for-13 from the line while Jessa Crites put down five aces. Kira Crites was 10-for-11 with two aces while Brunt and Mattice also had strong nights.
The Eagles now close the season with three matches this week against Laconia, Hanover and Portsmouth. Gilford has the inside track on at least the number two seed in the Division II playoffs, which begin the next week. Undefeated St. Thomas, the only school to beat the Eagles, will likely be the top seed barring an upset this week.