Girls Volleyball Finishes Season with Just Four Losses
The Marblehead varsity volleyball team finished their season with 15 wins and only 4 losses after losing a very competitive match in the first round of the playoffs. The Magicians fought against Nashoba Valley on November 6, 2022. Nashoba had traveled almost an hour to compete against Marblehead, ultimately prevailing in an unprecedented victory against a team ranked higher than they were. Marblehead got off to a great start, winning the first two sets of the game 25-14 and 25-22. Nashoba was able to fight back during the third set, however, winning 25-22. This success carried into the fourth set, which they won 25-20. They then sealed their victory in the fifth set tiebreaker, which is only played to 15 points, winning 15-10. Many Marblehead athletes shone during this game, despite the disappointing result; seniors Isabel Wabno, Keira Sweetnam (captain), and Lucy Sabin had 8, 17, and 7 kills respectively, with seniors Julia Potvin (captain) and Tamya Johnson contributing 27 and 20 assists. On defense, senior libero Caitlin Parkman (captain) had 33 digs, and freshman Greta Sachs had 4 blocks. Head coach Killeen Miller expressed her pride in the team and specifically its seniors stating that the “seniors set the bar for many years to come!”
Prior to the start of playoffs, on October 28, the Magicians prevailed over Ipswich in three sets. Sweetnam had 17 kills and 3 aces, Wabno had 9 kills, and Parkman had 5 aces and 14 digs. Tamya Johnson had 18 assists during the game. A day earlier, Marblehead defeated Swampscott in three sets, with Sweetnam contributing 10 aces. Sabin had 6 kills and senior Maddy Antunes added another 7 digs.
Marblehead also defeated Danvers in four sets on October 25 and won against Notre Dame Academy four days earlier. Two days before this victory, Marblehead faced a tough Masconomet High School (Masco) side, losing in three sets. Prior to this loss, they defeated Saugus in three sets.
On October 11, Marblehead beat Peabody in a very difficult matchup that ultimately ended after five sets. Two key players stood out during this game: Sweetnam had 25 kills, and Wabno added in another 7 kills as well as contributing 45 digs to the team’s effort.
While their season is now over, the varsity volleyball players had an amazing run. Marblehead Beacon offers congratulations to the graduating seniors and the entire team. We look forward to following the team again next year.