Seekonk High School Volleyball Shows Promise in Season-Opener
High School Volleyball: Durfee 3, Seekonk 0
FALL RIVER - The Seekonk High School volleyball team has the pieces. Coach Earl Berwick just has to figure out how they fit together.
The Warriors struggled to generate offense in a season-opening, 3-0 loss at Durfee Tuesday afternoon, but the flashes they put together at times give Berwick plenty of reasons to be confident in his team. “In volleyball, we all work as one unit,” Berwick said in the Durfee gym following Tuesday afternoon’s game. “We’re trying to mix up some different lineups to figure out who plays well with who. With our juniors and seniors, I think we can really find the right mix and hang with anybody.”
The Warriors held an early 3-1 lead in the first set after Kaylee Fonseca and Gianna D’Ambra served some quick points, but the Hilltoppers rattled off seven straight points to lead 8-3 and never looked back. Durfee, which made the state tournament last year, took the first set 25-12.
Setter Jocelyn Wozny, Libby Dyson and Fonseca had solid plays in the second set, but Durfee put together an 8-0 run to turn a slim 10-8 margain in to a comfortable 18-8 lead en route to taking the second set 25-15. “It was kind of where I thought we would be: Not good but not bad,” Berwick said. “Last year we were more offensively built, but this year, we’re built on passing and defense. We have some work to do but we’re on the right path.”
Makenzie Reed served 16 straight points in the third and deciding game to lead Durfee to a 25-7 win in the third to seal the match.
REPORTERTODAY.COM MVP: Wozny recorded an ace and drew praise from Berwick for her performance. “She kind of broke out today,” coach said. “She was aggressive in calling for the ball and communicating with team.”
BRAND NEW TEAM: The Warriors graduated all six starters and three bench players from last year’s team.
SEEKONK STATS: Dyson led the Warriors with three kills while Kendall Rossignol added two and Fonseca, the team captain, added one. … Mason Correia recorded two digs and Faith DaSilva added one. … Also playing well for the Warriors were Jaden Deal, Grace Prew and D’Ambra.
DURFEE STATS: Reed had nine serving aces and six kills. … Sophie McDonnell had five kills and two aces. … Setter Emma Rezendes had four kills.
BERWICK ON A REMATCH WITH DURFEE ON OCT. 1: “When they come to our place later in the season, it’ll hopefully be totally different. Hopefully, we’ll be more confident and more in sync. I think we’ll see a big turnaround in our team by then.”
UP NEXT: The Warriors (0-1, 0-0 SCC) will open conference play with a home match against Old Rochester on Wednesday at 6 p.m.