Girls volleyball

Huskies get back on winning track, beat Pilgrim, 3-1

Playoff picture murky as three teams are tied for first

Photos and story by Richard W. Dionne, Jr
Posted 4/13/21

The Mt. Hope Volleyball team got back in the win column after beating Pilgrim, 3-1  (25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22). Senior hitter, Hannah Rodrigues, led the team offensively with 11 aces and 7 …

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Girls volleyball

Huskies get back on winning track, beat Pilgrim, 3-1

Playoff picture murky as three teams are tied for first

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The Mt. Hope Volleyball team got back in the win column after beating Pilgrim, 3-1  (25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22). Senior hitter, Hannah Rodrigues, led the team offensively with 11 aces and 7 kills and 6 digs defensively. Senior setter Isabel Savinon tallied 14 assists, 3 aces and 6 digs. 

"It was a total team effort," said Huskies head coach Lisa Lunney. Everyone played tonight. Different players brought positive energy at key points in the match. A genuine team effort. "

The team  is currently tied for first place in Division II-East with a 6-1 record, 10-1 overall. The Huskies playoff picture  is still to be determined. The top four teams in D-II East and D-II West crossover to play each other for the title.  The Huskies are right in the thick of it.  

"Playoff seeding is a little murky right now," Coach Lunney said. "It's messy."

Messy indeed. Portsmouth and Classical are also both 6-1.  Each team has beaten the other. The Huskies beat Portsmouth. Portsmouth beat Classical and Classical beat Mt. Hope.  

"I'm really not sure how this will iron out," Coach Lunney said. "We need to win our next two matches to stay in the thick of it." 

The Huskies will play at Burrillville on Thursday 4/15, at 6 p.m. and play Lincoln at home on Wednesday, 4/21 at 6 p.m. 

Burrillville, 5-2 in Divison II-West, could give Mt. Hope some trouble, while Lincoln is 0-6. 

Undefeated streak ends

Mt. Hope lost to Classical, 4-1 (24-26, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19) at home on Friday night. The loss dropped the team’s overall record to 9-1. After a brief senior night ceremony, the Huskies found themselves down early in the first game, but came back to even the score, 24-24, only to lose, 26-24. The match went down hill from there as they lost game two 21-25. Fought back to win game three, 25-23. But put themselves in too deep a hole, to pull out the match. 

Senior Hannah Rodrigues led the team offensively with 10 kills and 2 aces. Defensively she added 22 digs for the Huskies. Senior setter, Isabel Savinon, recorded 24 assists, 2 aces and 23 digs. Senior Christina Vittoria had 4 kills, and 9 digs. 

On Wednesday the Huskies ended PCD’s undefeated season, crushing the D-IV Knights, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-22).  Junior Grace Stephenson led the team offensively with 10 kills. Rodrigues posted 6 kills and 4 aces and sophomore Jillian Brown recorded 3 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks. 

 

 

 

 

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