Marblehead Varsity Volleyball now 8-2 After Beverly Victory
Marblehead’s varsity volleyball team has won eight and lost two of their matches this season, achieving a record that places them at the number 42 spot in Massachusetts and 13th in their division. On Monday, October 3, the team prevailed over Beverly in a tense matchup in which Marblehead won three sets and lost two. The victory extended the team’s winning streak to three after wins against Danvers and Wakefield Memorial High School (WMHS) in the two weeks prior. The Danvers win, which occurred on September 29, ended with the same score as the Beverly game, 3-2, while two days later, Marblehead swept past WMHS with ease, winning the first three sets without allowing their competitors to claim even one.
The three victories came after a loss against Masconomet Regional High School (Masco), a school that combines students from Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield. Masco traditionally has a gifted athletics program, fielding strong competitors in nearly every sport. Marblehead fought hard against Masco on September 21, but ultimately lost in a difficult 3-2 matchup. During the game, Keira Sweetnam (Senior) had 27 kills and 18 digs with Isabel Wabno (Senior) adding an additional 8 kills and 13 digs. Caitlin Parkman (Senior), the team’s libero, had 26 digs on the night. Setters Tamya Johnson (Senior) and Julia Potvin (Senior) achieved a total of 44 assists.
Two days earlier, on September 19, Marblehead beat Milton in a matchup that ended with a score of 3-2. Wabno had 10 kills and 5 aces as well as 24 digs on defense, while Sweetnam had 19 kills and 2 aces on the night. Johnson and Potvin put on impressive performances during the game as well.
On Friday, September 16, Marblehead prevailed against Notre Dame Academy (NDA) in four games with a final score of 3-1. Sweetnam led the team’s offense with 11 kills, 8 aces, and 14 digs, and Wabno contributed 7 kills and 17 digs to the team’s effort. Parkman added in another 16 digs on defense, and Johnson and Potvin had 10 assists and 4 aces.
Sweetnam leads the team in four categories: kills per set (4.1), hitting percentage (0.324), serving aces (34), and aces per set (0.9). She is ranked fourth in Massachusetts for total kills, with 161. Madeleine Cole (Junior) is ranked 15th in the state for total blocks. She has achieved 26 on the season, which makes her a top performer for Marblehead High School as well. Wabno and Parkman rank 16th and 17th for digs in Massachusetts, having achieved 144 and 143 respectively. Parkman is the team’s leader in digs per set, with 3.7.
We will see if the team can continue its winning streak today, October 6, 2022, as it competes against Salem. The match will begin at 5:30 PM in the Marblehead High School fieldhouse, and all Marbleheaders are welcome to attend and cheer on the athletes.