WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest weekly recap from WHS Volleyball Coach Bruce Shainwald.
Wilmington had three matches last week, two league matches and one non-league.
While Burlington continues to be a very strong program in the Middlesex League, Wilmington continued to make errors hindering their chances in this match. Serving at 77% with 15 serving errors against 11 aces. We need to work on getting our serves in and keeping our opponents out of system. Savannah Andersen did a great job of spot serving and keeping her serves in the court, serving 91% with 2 aces.
Our serve receive passing continues to struggle, leaving us with fewer options on offense. Thankfully, our free ball passing continues to be reasonably good. In this match both Raegan Sweeney and Anna Rideout led the team in free ball passing.
When we were able to run our offense, Gabby Bond and Raegan Sweeney, our primary outside hitters were able to capitalize with 7 and 4 kills respectively.
Triton was our first non-league match of the season. They are a newer program and still going through some growing pains. They did not have the same kind of power on offense that we are used to seeing from our Middlesex League opponents. Shorter serves and less powerful hits had our girls scrambling to keep the ball in play at times. However, they stayed tough and fought their way to the first win of the season.
Serving improved to a more reasonable 84%, with Anna Rideout, Julia Willson, and Khrystyna Fednyak all serving 100%, and Gabby Bond serving 92%. Gabby and Anna also anchored our improved serve receive with only 1 passing error between them.
As you can see from the scores, this was a very competitive match. Both teams fought very hard. Brittany Cimaglia got Wilmington out to 4-0 lead on very strong serving, but we struggled against Wakefields first server, giving up eight straight points to fall behind 4-8. We were very happy with the way that our team fought back after that to finally win the set 26-24. Sometimes losing a tight set, can adversely affect a team going into the next set. and that seems to have been the case for Wakefield as they never really got going in the second set. To their credit, they recovered in the third set, and made it very competitive. Wilmington held a 24-18 lead in the third set, and let Wakefield chip away get as close as 24-23 before closing the set and match out.
This was the team best serving performance of the season so far. They served 89% as a team, led by Britt Cimaglia, Anna Rideout and Gabby Bond, who all served 100%. Our serve receive was better in that we reduced the number of passing errors. Free ball passing also improved, led by Gabby Bond, Reagan Sweeney and Anna Rideout. Better passing allowed the team to run a more consistent offense, led by Savannah Andersen in the middle with 5 kills, and Gabby Bond with 4 kills.
This is another busy week for the team with a non-league match against Newburyport on Monday; an away match against Stoneham on Tuesday, and another away match against Watertown on Thursday.
At the end of the week, the team is now 2-5 on the season, and looking forward to continuing to improve their performance and compete at a higher and higher level.
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