The Canton modified volleyball teams wrapped up their seasons this past week.
The Gold Team pulled out a thrilling 2-1 win over Madrid-Waddington on October 19, and then dropped a close match against OFA on October 26, losing 2-1. The Brown Team fell to Clifton-Fine 2-1 on October 20.
In the Gold Team’s match against Madrid-Waddington, the Bears lost the first set 18-25, outlasted the Yellowjackets 30-28 in the second set, and then held on for a 25-21 win in the third and final set.
“The girls played an even match vs. Madrid-Waddington, and wow, was it an exciting one,” said Head Coach Tara Woods. “The second set was going back and forth for a long time. They were able to hold their ground and win it all. It was probably the most exciting game I’ve seen in a long time.”
Nevaeh Halpin led the Bears with seven of the team’s 24 aces. Zizi Metcalf and Skye Perrin contributed four aces each. Amal Moumen added two aces, two digs, and a kill, and Zarah Robert chipped in with a pair of aces.
In their last match of the season against OFA, the Gold Team took set one 25-21, and dropped the next two sets 21-25, 21-25. Canton trailed the Blue Devils 24-14 in the final set, and Moumen then reeled off seven straight service points, including six aces, to pull the Bears within three. OFA was able to pick up the last point and win the match. Moumen finished with eight aces. MaKayla Hogan had four aces. Metcalf and Berkley Brown notched three aces apiece. Halpin added two aces and a dig. Zoey Zebedee had two digs and one ace, and Madison Sovie contributed one kill and one ace.
“The match could have definitely gone either way,” said Woods. “It was very close. I am so sad to see the season end, but so impressed by the progress the girls have made.”
The Brown Team went into extra points in two of the three sets in their last match of the year versus Clifton-Fine. The Bears lost the first set 25-27, won the second 25-17, and then the Eagles held on for a 27-25 win in the third and final set. Elle Manno fired 12 aces with one assist to pace the Bears. Adrianna Lesperance nailed five kills. Paige Godwin added four aces. Claire Polniak and Layla Clifford each had two aces and two digs, and Maria Franklin chipped in with two aces.
“The girls struggled to hold the win on their last match. We were very close, but just couldn’t get the W,” said Woods. “The team worked together, communicated, and served much better than the last time we played them. So much improvement and a great game to end the season on.”