WMass playoffs: Holyoke boys volleyball sweeps Bechertown in opening round

  • Holyoke’s Lewis Torres squeezes a shot between Belchertown blockers Troy Pelletier, right, and Rainer Kristensen on Friday in Holoke. The Purple Knights swept the Orioles 3-0 in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts boys volleyball tournament. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Belchertown’s Andrew Cowles, left, and Connor White block against Holyoke’s L STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Belchertown’s Connor White attacks a ball at the net against Hoo Friday in Holoke. The Purple Knights swept the Orioles 3-0 in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts boys volleyball tournament. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Holyoke’s Willie Lopez, left, and Edison Escobar block against Belchertown on Friday in Holoke. The Purple Knights swept the Orioles 3-0 in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts boys volleyball tournament. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Holyoke’s Jairam Rodriguez attacks the ball at the net Friday against Belchertown on Friday in Holoke. The Purple Knights swept the Orioles 3-0 in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts boys volleyball tournament. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

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Published: 6/18/2021 9:39:43 PM

Lewis Torres had eight kills, five assists and 20 digs, as the Holyoke boys volleyball team defeated Belchertown 25-9, 25-9, 25-18 in a 3-0 sweep Friday in the Western Massachusetts first round.

The fifth-seeded Purple Knights will host No. 13 Ludlow in Monday’s quarterfinals. The 13th-seeded Lions upset No. 4 Southwick 3-1 on Friday.

Jairam Rodriguez added 19 digs, seven kills and three aces for Holyoke.

Julian Gutierrez distributed 11 assists to go along with nine aces and three kills.

Nathan Bowie finished seven kills and had five digs and two blocks.

Willie Lopez put away seven aces with seven assists.

Belchertown’s Connor White had four kills and a block. Tory Pelletier distributed six assists for the Orioles.

Andrew Cowles made two blocks for Belhcertown, and Ty Bogdanovich fired two aces.

Raiders outlast Taconic for Division 3 duals title

Hampshire Regional 36, Taconic 24 — The Raiders won three of the five contested matches via pin and benefited from three forfeits compared to two for Taconic to claim the Western Massachusetts Division 3 dual meet title.

There is not an individual wrestling tournament this spring, so the MIAA hosted dual meet tournaments instead. The Raiders will advance to the state semifinals and await another sectional champion opponent, as the teams will be re-seeded before Monday’s state semifinals.

 At 126 pounds, Hampshire’s Nathaniel Picard pinned Andrew DeFino in 1 minute, 20 seconds. Adin Clifford took down Levi McHeffia in 1:30 at 132. Alex Willard pinned Donavan Dubois at 138.

Taconic picked up two pin victories: Broc Healey over Luke Johdndrow at 152 and London Martin against Evan Novak at 160.

Girls lacrosse

Granby 18, St. Mary's 2 — Ella Laliberte was a force on the offensive end for the Rams on Friday. 

Laliberte scored seven goals to lead Granby to an 18-2 win over Saints in the Central/West Div. 2 tournament. 

The No. 7 Rams move on to play Belchertown in the quarterfinals. 

Gabby Walz had three goals and two assists while Justice Delaney had a pair of goals and assists in the win for Granby (9-5). Ariana Klekotka potted four goals while Kelly Lynn Kennedy and Molly Zimbruski found the back of the net for the Rams. 

Liberty Conlin got the win in goal and made nine saves. 

Hampshire Regional's Zyna Wisnaudeaus scored a pair of goals for St. Mary's (6-7).

Girls tennis

Turners Falls 3, PVCICS 2 — The No. 10 Thunder pulled off the upset in the first round of the West Div. 3 girls tennis tournament, defeating Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, 3-2, on Friday. 

The win was the second of the season for Turners (2-7). 

Steph Peterson picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over PVCICS’s Gabriella Carr in second singles while the Thunder pair of Mercedes Bailey and Emily Denison defeated Avery Richards and Rachel Goa, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 1 doubles. 

The Dragons forfeited No. 2 doubles, which gave Turners the 3-2 victory. 

Thunder Isabelle Farrick fell to Charlotte Kelly, 6-0, 6-1, in No. 1 singles while Maria Labelle lost to Juliet Scott, 7-5, 1-0 (retired) in No. 3 singles.  

Lee 4, Frontier 1 — The Redhawks picked up a win in doubles but it was the lone match they came out victorious in, falling to the Wildcats, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the West Div. 3 tournament. 

The duo of Sydney Scanlon and Samantha Scanlon earned the win for Frontier, defeated Lauren Durken and Shea Kelly, 6-4, 6-0, in No. 2 doubles. 




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