WORCESTER — When it involves profitable state championships, expertise at all times performs a job.
Chemistry doesn’t damage both.
The Mount Greylock’s volleyball squad has constructed upon that for the previous few seasons, and it paid dividends Saturday.
Tufts commit Celina Savage paced her group with 10 kills to go along with a block and an help, as top-seeded Mt. Greylock accomplished an ideal season with a 3-0 sweep of No. 2 Bourne to win its first-ever Div. 5 volleyball championship at Worcester State.
“To be honest, in eighth grade, I took a look at my height,” Savage mentioned. “I took a look at where I was and I was like: ‘I wonder how far I can go?’ A pipe dream was that we could be state champs, but we just kept getting better, and kept getting better. Now, we’re here.”
Mount Greylock (24-0) was additionally led by Julia DeChaine, who registered seven kills and a trio of assists within the victory.
The Mounties confidently took the courtroom, seeking to cap their already historic season with a bang. However, they discovered themselves in a heated bout within the opening set, watching a 21-13 lead evaporate. However, Mount Greylock was in a position to stave off the rally to take the purpose (25-22), and seize a 1-0 match lead. The momentum carried on into the second set, with Savage spiking residence a kill to place her group forward, 16-9, within the body. The lead was greater than sufficient of a cushion for the Mounties, who coasted to a 25-19 victory within the set to make it a 2-0 match.
With an opportunity to ice the title, the Mounties closed the championship bout with a 14-4 run within the third set, profitable it to finish the sweep whereas storming the courtroom within the course of.
It was a troublesome finish to an important marketing campaign, however Bourne coach David Moore is extremely optimistic for the longer term with so many essential items returning subsequent fall.
“(The season) was awesome,” Moore mentioned. “We were 10-10 last year playing with a bunch of freshmen. Four freshmen on the team, now these kids are sophomores … so, I knew going in we were young compared to them. That played a role too, because the maturity on the court (made the difference).”
Meanwhile, the state championship marked a bittersweet finish in a single respect for Mt. Greylock coach Greg Geyer, who watches his senior class depart. Back when Geyer first arrived on the scene in Williamstown, Savage and her fellow classmates had been simply starting their careers with the Mounties in seventh grade.
“We had six years together,” Geyer mentioned. “They’re just the hardest-working group of young women, and I just feel privileged to be with them. They’re just an amazing group of players. They’re respectful. They show up, they do the work every day. Sometimes, this is the result you get when you do the work, which feels really great.”