Ramming into the playoffs

Southwick’s Tyler Gellert extends his arm for a potential kill shot. (Photo by Chris Putz)

SOUTHWICK – By the skin of their teeth … in the nick of time…
Whatever proverb the Southwick High School boys volleyball team wants to use to describe their regular season finale, it was definitely a fitting end for the Rams.
Southwick qualified for the postseason with a thrilling 3-1 win over the High School of Science & Technology on “Senior Night.” The Rams defeated the Cybercats 25-17, 25-18, 13-25, 25-15.
Southwick’s two seniors Zack Cahill and Tyler Gellert were instrumental in their team’s victory. Gellert put together a nice all-around effort, finishing with three aces, two blocks, 1 kill, and one dig. Cahill delivered eight kills.
Nick Brown (24 assists, 3 digs, 1 block), Andy Brown (13 kills, 10 digs, 1 ace), Mason Imbriglio (16 digs, 1 ace), Rylan Secovich (4 digs, 1 ace), Collin Strain (5 digs, 1 block, 1 ace), Grayson Poole (5 kills, 3 digs, 2 assists, 1 block), and Aaron Brunet (8 digs) also helped spearhead the spirited effort for Southwick (10-10).

Bombers turn back Brownies
Westfield def. Agawam 25-18, 15-25, 27-25, 25-15
Westfield pulled away from a 1-1 tie with Agawam with two straight set wins to end the match.
James Pavlyuk (17 kills, 2 aces, 10 digs), Ethan Flaherty (13 kills), Ryan Rix (12 kills, 6 digs), Eric Yurtuc (47 assists, 2 blocks), Riley Coughlin (9 kills), and Dennis Pyatachenko (8 digs) led Westfield (16-3 overall, 10-0 North).

Bombers close out ’19 on the upswing
Westfield 14, Longmeadow 4
Although Westfield had already been eliminated from postseason contention, the Bombers closed out the regular season on a high.
Jerri Griffin had a nice catch in her final game, Diana Daly and Maya Sanders were all over the field with their speed, Erin Gour pitched great, and the Bombers turned a nice 1-2-3 double play in the first inning with the bases loaded.
“Although there will be no postseason for the girls this year,” Westfield softball interim coach Kyle Dulude said, “they finished on e positive note. There is much optimism for this program for the future.”

Hough, Rams chase Indians
Southwick 13, Ware 1 (6 inn.)
Sarah Hough struck out nine batters in a two-hitter for Southwick. Hough also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Southwick’s Brittany Penland and Grace Ingledue each had two hits.

Paiva paces Gators
Granby 14, Gateway 2 (5 inn.)
Stephanie Paiva had two hits to lead Gateway.

Duda nets hat trick in defeat
Chicopee Comprehensive 16, St. Mary’s 6
Chicopee Comp outscored St. Mary’s 10-3 in the second half to pull away with the victory.
Skylar Duda recorded a hat trick to lead St. Mary’s. Saints’ Katarzyna Wisnauckas had two goals and two assists, Riley Paniello had one goal, and Samantha Moran had one assist.
Arian Ridenbach and Chloe Gawle combined for six saves.

Lu a winner for STM
Chicopee Comprehensive 4, St. Mary’s 1
St. Mary’s Kevin Lu won at first singles, defeating Chicopee Comp’s Roger DesRochers in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.

Hurricanes slip past Bombers
?Amherst 3, Westfield 2
Westfield’s Brianna Shvetsov defeated Amherst’s Lilli Conrad at first singles 6-2, 6-4; Bombers’ Thea Glenzel and Brigid Moriarty won at first doubles, downing Hurricanes’ Lee Pobeziskaya and Christina Lee, 6-1, 6-1.

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