Volleyballers pick right time to raise game

HOLLIS – The Hollis Brookline Cavaliers are peaking, and the state playoffs are right on the doorstep.

The Cavs have ripped off four straight wins to move to 10-4 with only two matches left in the regular season.

Hollis Brookline moved to 10-4 with game scores of 25-11, 25-6 and 25-11. Mike Moscatelli (6 aces, 4 kills), Felix Yang (4 aces), Owen MacMillan (2 blocks) and Jack Sinclair (1 dig) powered the Cavaliers in the Senior Night victory.

On Monday, the Cavaliers swept the Astros of Pinkerton Academy 25-22, 25-15, 25-11. Joshua Ide had great sets resulting in 32 assists on the stat sheet. Moscatelli tallied 13 kills and Sander Wimmer punched in 11 kills. 

In the Thursday battle, it was quite plain to see from the start that the host Cavaliers were intent upon putting forth a stellar, scintillating effort while the Bishop Guertin group was sleepy and sloppy through the first two games and didn’t actually find its fire or its footing until game three. By that time it was far too late for the Cardinals, who were shut out by a 3-0 tally.

Coach Ed Leonard’s Cavs won in straight sets 25-13, 25-12, and 25-22.

The contrast between the teams was evident from warm-ups, with Hollis Brookline showing spirit and spunk while Guertin looked like it might still be on the bus which brought it over from Nashua where spirit was concerned.

Coach Leonard was able to get every one of his players involved in the match before its conclusion, and the hosts had the intimidation factor at the net rolling on high thanks to the high-flying and hammering work of the junior standout Wimmer and several of his spike-minded teammates.

Wimmer finished up with 13 loud kills, nine of which came in the final set including the match point.

“What happens with our team is when we’re motivated and positive we can shut down teams. And that’s what you saw here,” said winning coach Leonard.

The hosts led from the get-go in game one, with Wimmer providing several booming spikes and a few fine blocks as well. Matt Wozcik, T.J. McKenna, and Quinten Wimmer also smacked down stinging spikes for their side in helping it to the 25-13 win.

BG began game two better, holding several early leads, but after the score was knotted up at 3-3 the Cavs claimed 22 of the last 31 points in taking that contest.

The Cardinals finally showed signs of life in game three when that contest seemed to be nearing its conclusion. With senior stalwart Joe Noon working to crank up his crew, BG trimmed a 22-17 deficit down to just a single point at 23-22. But Hollis Brookline put that game and the match away by notching the final two points on crushing spikes by Sander Wimmer.

Along with his impressive output, the victors got 17 assists each from Josh Ide and Max Marshall, eight service points with three aces and four kills from Connor Russell, and six kills from Wozcik.

“It comes down to the kids bringing the energy,” said BG mentor Matt Box. “They run hot and cold. We had the same thing happen against Winnacunnet that happened today.”