It didn’t take the Duxbury girls’ volleyball team long to make its mark. With a spectacular five-set win over Massachusetts volleyball power North Quincy (22-25), (25-22),(25-21), (23-25) ,(20-18), the Lady Dragons improved their record to 7-0 before dispatching Rockland, 3-0, and sitting atop the Patriot League.
The girls didn’t suffer a let-down after their thrilling victory over North Quincy and took their momentum home on Friday afternoon to play theBulldogs.
The Lady Dragons rocked the Bulldogs winning in consecutive sets (25-7), (25-15) and (25-20). Duxbury came out fast and furious with both teams trying hard to exploit the other team’s weaknesses.
Duxbury struck first when Sam Chaisson had a great shot to put the Dragons up one. The Dragons then went on a run that put them up 10-4. The net and service line play of Emma Bartlett gave the hosts a 13-5 lead.
Junior captain Mackenzie Bright had three straight service aces, and senior captain Kelly Dame increased the lead to 17-5. After some back and forth volleying Rockland was able to generate two more points, but Bright closed them out with a massive serve ending the game 25-7.
The Bulldogs put up much more of a fight in the second set jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead. Bright had something to say about that, willing the Dragons back into the lead with vicious serves and spikes. With a 5-4 lead, Duxbury made a run and increased its lead to 11-7. A huge spike by Catherine Harrison punctuated the run.
The home team was on a roll until they were penalized for an incorrect rotation, giving the visitors a point and the ball. Trailing 11-8, the Bulldogs were able to manage a point off a nice spike by their front line. However on their next volley, Chaisson had a silky smooth drop shot to get the Dragons the ball and put them ahead 12-8.
The Bulldogs tried to make a run off an errant serve, but the home team would allow none of it, making it 13-9 off a blocked shot at the net by Molly Quilty. Quilty scored again on a spike at the net and Bright made an artsy play to make the score 15-9. Harrison put an exclamation point on it to increase the lead to 16-9. The Bulldogs did manage to score six more points, but Duxbury put them away when Bartlett finished at the net with a thunderous spike.
The third set was back and forth with both teams trading points. With the Lady Dragons leading at 9-8, Rockland scored two straight points, only to watch senior Nikki Vetch land a massive spike that put the Dragons ahead, 12-10.
The visitors were able to garner a few more points, but Rachel Tierney denied any hope the guests had of victory with a crazy hustle play.
From here on out it was all Duxbury, as it thoroughly controlled the rest of the game with strong play at the net and great services. Junior Kitty Hunter had the clutch game-winning shot.
Coming off three straight wins over excellent teams, one might expect the girls to be feeling a little full of themselves, but coach Pam Thomas said, “We always focus on the next game and are always looking ahead and trying to tighten up our game.”
The girls are now sporting an 8-0 record and will be in action on Wednesday when they take on Whitman-Hanson in a Patriot League match-up at home at 4 p.m.