WESTFIELD – Another game, yet another win for a powerhouse squad.
Such is the life of a Westfield High School boys volleyball team. The years go by but the number of talented players who come together under coach Tyler Wingate continue to form an unbreakable bond, figuratively and literally.
On Wednesday, unbeaten Westfield clinched the North Division title for the fourth straight time, the second straight year they have been the sole winners with a 25-15-25-11, 25-23 win over visiting Chicopee Comprehensive.
Westfield’s 17th straight victory also resulted in their ninth consecutive North Division win to begin the season.
There were a whole lot of accolades to be shared by the team’s senior class.
Seniors Shane Kiendzior (13 kills, 8 digs, 2 blocks), Ryan Murray (9 kills, 3 blocks), Gabe Santos (1 kill, 2 aces, 2 blocks), Sam Pavlyuk (6 kills, 5 digs), Javier Santos (13 kills, 1 block), Luis Castro (33 assists, 2 blocks, 4 kills), Gabe Santiago (11 digs), and Prem Gurung (5 digs) shared in the team’s successful senior day outing.
Rams rally past Indians
Southwick def. Ware 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-14
Southwick rallied from a first set loss with three straight set wins to spoil Ware’s home game.
Zach Thorne (9 kills, 2 assists, 9 digs, 2 blocks), Nick Brown (1 kill, 20 assists, 12 digs, 1 ace, 1 block), Chance Tang (1 kill, 1 assists, 22 digs, 3 aces), and Tim McGrath (6 kills, 1 assist, 13 digs, 4 blocks) spearheaded the latest victory.
Moniz, Bombers hold off Brownies
Westfield 8, Agawam 0
The Westfield High School softball team has been on a tear of late, and Wednesday’s game proved no different.
Westfield pitcher Haley Moniz tossed a two-hit shutout, and went 5-for-5 at the plate with a home run and double to help the Bombers post an 8-0 shutout of Agawam.
“Haley had an incredible game,” Westfield softball coach Brenda Signor said.
Moniz finished with nine strikeouts. She walked just one batter.
Westfield’s big inning came in the third when it exploded for five runs. The Bombers added an insurance run in the fourth. As if that was not enough, they tacked on two more for good measure in the fifth.
Madi Robitaille clocked a single and double, and racked up two RBIs for Westfield. Bombers’ Morgan Zabielski and Autumn Moccia connected for two hits apiece.
West Springfield 6, Westfield 3
Ian Alves went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to lead West Springfield. Kyle Roberts, Jack Yvon (run), Mitchell Longley (run), Steve McKenna (RBI), and Wilson Berdecia had the lone hits for Westfield.
Murray, Pittsfield prevails
Pittsfield 15, St. Mary’s 4
Sierra Murray netted six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in leading Pittsfield to a home victory.
Skylar Duda scored a team-high two goals for St. Mary’s, and Paighton Ramos and Riley Panniello had one apiece. Saints’ Samantha Moran collected an assist.
St. Mary’s goalie Anna Kosinski made 21 saves, 16 of which came in the first half.
Bombers shut out Hurricanes
Westfield 5, Amherst 0
Westfield’s Clara Hink, Brianna Shvetsov, and Gwen Smith overwhelmed their opponents at first, second, and third singles, respectively; Thea Glenzel and Brigid Moriarty won at first doubles, 6-1, 7-5; and, the Bombers won by forfeit at second doubles.
Granby staunches comeback
Granby 7, St. Mary’s 4
Granby raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held off St. Mary’s. Aaron Blanchard led the Saints with two goals and two assists.
Southwick 9, Palmer 1
Nick Ensign struck out four batters through five innings, and went 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs for Southwick. Rams’ Nate Goodwin went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs