Marauders Edge Sabers
Hanover — Hanover High senior Holly Schlosser apparently didn’t take well to the notion of playing her last high school volleyball match on Wednesday night.
With Schlosser taking a leadership role, the sixth-seeded Marauders erased a two-games-to-none deficit, rallying for a 3-2 win over No. 11 Souhegan at Hanover High to open the NHIAA Division II girls volleyball tournament. Schlosser delivered a career-high 16 kills and was a perfect 31-for-31 in the service box with three aces to send the Marauders (12-5) to a Saturday quarterfinal at No. 3 St. Thomas.
Hanover took the match by a tally of 24-26, 25-27, 25-21, 25-13, 15-12.
“I think the difference-maker tonight was we had a senior step up big-time,” Hanover coach Amy Carney said of Schlosser. “It got in her head that it might be her last match and she wasn’t going to lose it. … The seniors didn’t want to lose.”
Schlosser wasn’t the only senior to have her moment against the spunky Sabers (6-11), who were swept by the Marauders in their sole regular-season meeting. Elizabeth Pillsbury dropped seven kills and an ace to go with 19-for-20 serving, and Darby Phillips had a superb game blocking and serving, Carney noted.
Three sophomores also got in the victorious act. Nora Anderson went 20-21 on serves with a trio of aces, Vanessa Nwokoye recorded eight kills and a team-high six blocks, and Zoe McElwain led the attack with 13 assists to go with 15-for-15 service.
“They came in well-prepared,” Carney said of Souhegan. “It was definitely a point-for-point, grinding kind of a game.”
The Marauders and St. Thomas meet for a trip to the semifinals at Pinkerton Academy on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Hanover 0, Con-Val 0
Hanover — Nothing doing is OK in the regular season, but someone has to win in the playoffs. The seventh-ranked Marauders did in the NHIAA Division II first round by outlasting No. 10 Con-Val in a penalty-kick tiebreaker that went eight rounds — the standard five followed by three of the sudden-death variety — before Claire Messersmith sent Hanover (9-3-5) through.
Scoreless through regulation and overtime, the Marauders found themselves in a 2-0 tiebreak hole through three rounds. When the Cougars (8-8-1) came up blank on its final two attempts, Susanna Penfield and Emily Acker converted to send PKs into sudden death.
That’s when Hanover hit the mark. Evie Keating and Sophie Lubrano matched Con-Val conversions, and senior Messersmith nailed her spot kick for the victory in a match that saw the Marauders hit three crossbars and three posts in regular play.
Ashley Levesque produced a four-save shutout for the Marauders, who held edges of 11-4 in shots and 12-2 in corners. Hanover heads to No. 2 Windham for a quarterfinal match on Saturday. The score of the Marauders’ one regular-season meeting with the Jaguars? Yep: 0-0.
Woodsville 5, Hinsdale 0
Woodsville — With the defense holding No. 16 Hindsale without a testing shot on goal and the offense pressuring and scoring early and often, the top-seeded Engineers advanced to the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals.
Woodsville (16-0-1) held a 2-0 lead at the half. Dee Martin scored just three minutes into the game, with an assist to Paige Martin. Louisa Noble made it 2-0 with an unassisted score 2:30 later.
“I told the girls before the game that the longer it took us to score, the more confidence (Hinsdale) would have,” Engineer coach Ann Loud said. “They did what they needed to do.”
Dee Martin did it again in the second half, scoring at the 1:38 mark. Paige Martin made it 4-0 with an assist to Dee Martin, and Mikayla Locke closed the scoring off a Noble feed.
The Engineers’ defense was strong in front of goalie Tori Clough, who backstopped the team’s 11th shutout this season.
Souhegan 2, Lebanon 1
Amherst, n.h. — Erin Landry attempted to start a second-half comeback with her second goal in as many matches, but the 14th-ranked Raiders (4-8-5) couldn’t find the equalizer and bowed out of the first round of the NHIAA Division II tournament.
Lebanon played the third-seeded Sabers close through most of the first half, but Souhegan used a goal in the final two minutes and a second 10 minutes after halftime to gain control. The Raiders struck when a Rachael Townsend corner kick found Georgia Houde, who flicked a pass to Landry for the goal.
Lebanon coach Shannon Boisvert credited Erika Moffitt, Emma Forman, Sam MacDonald, Sierra Rogers and Micaela Schones with solid games in a season-ending defeat. Kassidee Rogers had a pair of excellent late saves to keep Lebanon’s comeback hopes alive.
“It was a battle, back and forth the whole first half,” Boisvert added. “That’s been this team all year long. They never stopped fighting. They knew they had to get ties to make the tournament. They couldn’t lose, and they didn’t; they played hard. I’m proud of them.”
Lebanon graduates Schones, MacDonald, Amanda Klotz, Brooke Farwell, Emma Greenough and manager Taylor Downs.
Bow 5, Kearsarge 0
Bow, n.h. — The top-seeded Falcons (17-0-0) kept up their undefeated ways, ending the 16th-ranked Cougars’ season in an NHIAA Division III tournament opener.
First-year coach Travis Dezotell loses six seniors to graduation: captains Libby Brooks and Geneva Heffernan along with Kate McCandless, Morgan Patten, Tess Jewell and Morgan Galuzzo. Kearsarge finishes its year at 3-12-2.
KUA 2, Holderness 0
Meriden — The Wildcats (10-4) spread their scoring over each half to best the Bulls.
Aurora Braswell got Kimball Union started with a first-half strike set up by Shannon Walsh. Kaitie Sander’s long ball over the Holderness defense served as the table setting for Walsh’s second-half clincher. Katelyn Fowler produced a three-save shutout in goal.
Proctor 2, Sharon 0
Proctor. Vt. — Curtis Tomlinson and Keith Piontek broke a scoreless contest with second-half goals as the second-ranked Phantoms (11-2-4) ousted the third-seeded Phoenix (11-3-3) from the VPA Division IV semifinals.
Tomlinson opened Proctor’s account two minutes after halftime, drilling home a Dermot Hughes pass. Piontek scored midway through the second half. Sharon goalkeeper Sawyer Levy stopped the three other Proctor bids that came his way.
“Overall, we played some good football in spurts; we just couldn’t match them on the day,” TSA coach Rob Stainton said. “We graduated eight last year, so to be in the semifinals again is a real credit to how hard the team worked to improve throughout the season. As a coach, I can’t ask for anymore than that.”
Sharon loses seven to graduation: Ben Hayslett, Steve Davis, Wyatt Blanchard, Cotey Anderegg, Ben Gross, Andy Ruddell and Paul Roberts.
KUA 6, New Hampton 0
Meriden — Charlton Muhlauri scored twice and added an assist as the Wildcats (8-1-3) clinched the Lakes Region title with a rout of New Hampton.
Wyett MacDonald, Jack Doherty, Thomas Hugon and Dylan DeTurk also snapped the net for Kimball Union. Lion Herfort set up a goal, and goalkeepers Max Matel and Dylan Ward combined for the shutout in goal.