Acton-Boxborough women’s volleyball advances to 4-1

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The Acton-Boxborough women’s volleyball team swept two opponents this week, but in very different ways. Against Wayland, the team took the lead and then had to hang on for the win; facing Algonquin, the team went down three times early and had to fight back.

The match with Wayland featured several extended back-and-forth rallies and a full team effort, with every team member present seeing the action on the court.

In the first set, senior middle Bridget Bartlett was dominant at net, scoring several blocks and a key early kill. Senior Sienna Redmond ran a four-serve run for an 11-5 AB lead, followed by sophomore Chloe Heitman who added an ace and several service points to make it 15-6. As Wayland fought back, senior Liv Pucillo lost a solid win for a 16-10 lead, and junior ace Josie Hanlon made it 18-13. A key back row kill from Heitman and a dump from Hanlon completed the scoring for a 25-21 set victory.

A solid serve marked the start of the second set, as Redmond’s serve gave AB an 11-6 lead. Senior Amelia Starr served two aces with a Pucillo kill in between to make it 16-11. Wayland continued to stay close, but an ace from Heitman finished the set 25-20. The third set saw a flurry of action, including diving saves from Hanlon and key aces from Pucillo and Redmond. Rookie Heloisa Bitencourt’s front-line play featured several hard stops. Junior Sarah Sahagian added a kill and three middle blocks, and Starr’s ace gave AB a 20-12 lead. AB held on for a set and match winning 25-22.

Acton-Boxborough Junior Libero Kiley Richardson prepares to pass the ball in AB's three-set victory over Wayland.

On Friday, AB hosted an Algonquin team that had largely beaten them in 2021. The first set was slow for AB, but two service points from junior Kiley Richardson and a deep attack from senior Lucy Schultze took reduces the deficit to 12-9. Bartlett scored a kill on a block to bring AB 22-19, and a Pucillo kill tied the score at 23. The teams went back and forth until another Pucillo kill gave to AB the first set 28-26.

In the second set, AB fell behind again, but two serves from Redmond brought AB back within a point at 9-8. A dump from Hanlon followed by a backhand swat kill from Pucillo tied the score at 15. Starr added two solid serves to put the AB in place late in the game. Hanlon scored the final three service points for a 25-20 victory. The third set was another back-and-forth affair, as Richardson delivered a perfect assist to Redmond for an early point. AB fought back after another deficit, but four service points from Richardson and a point at net from Sahagian pushed the team to a 26-24 win and sweep.

The volleyball team will look to continue its build-up with away games in Weston and Boston Latin next week.

With a high level of all-around play, Acton-Boxborough senior Sienna Redmond was a significant strike force in AB's 4-1 start.
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