WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mount Greylock volleyball team pulled out a huge, five-set win, 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-8) over Wahconah on Tuesday evening. Greylock coach Phil Paul called this one a real back-and-forth battle.
"Probably one of the most exciting, best matches we've played all year," he said.
Michala Dean led Greylock with six aces, 23 kills and 21 digs, while Jenna Markland had 24 digs. Kelsey Hadley chipped in with seven kills and 21 assists, while Bri Jones had five kills and 11 digs in the marathon win.
"I think our serving stepped up a little bit," Paul said of the final set. "They had trouble returning it. We just made the run at the right time. ... It keeps us in the hunt for the playoffs."
Wahconah got three aces, 17 assists and three kills from Becca Grunow. Bethany McBain had five aces, 14 kills, four blocks. Emily Jordan had 10 kills and two blocks.
Drury girls' soccer
NORTH ADAMS -- Haley Korte's goal in the 77th minute gave the Spartans a key 2-1 road win over Drury -- and stopped the momentum Blue Devils coach Molly Meczywor felt her team had built.
"This loss, for us, really hurts," she said. "We controlled play in the second half. They put a lot of pressure on us [in the first half], but it seemed like in the second half, we won 50/50s.
"I've seen such growth in our team in the past two weeks that this loss really hurts."
Korte's goal came off
Hoosac girls' soccer
CHESHIRE -- In soccer, you don't want to give up a goal in the first or last 10 minutes of a half. Hoosac keeper Meg Richardson made a diving save in the final five minutes of the game to allow Madi Ryan's goal in the 8th minute stand up for a 1-0 win over Wahconah.
"This is outstanding for us," coach Blair Mahar said of the win over a North Division team. "One of our goals is always to play competitively in the North. Each year we've been playing more and more competitive. It's great four our program. It also helps with our seeding."
The win is Hoosac's sixth of the season, which means it needs two more to clinch a spot in the Western Massachusetts tournament. The Hurricanes can do that with wins over St. Joseph's on Friday and Frontier on Saturday morning.
Ryan brought the Hurricanes one step closer to the postseason when she capitalized on an early opportunity. The ball was bouncing around in a scrum of players just inside Wahconah's 18-yard box before Meg Rodowicz collected it, dished it quickly to Ryan who wasted no time beating Payton Hines for the 1-0 lead.
Mahar said it was a very evenly-played game, with each team having its chances and breakdowns. Hoosac outshot Wahconah 12-6.
Greylock girls' soccer
PITTSFIELD -- Alex Majetich finished her hat trick in the 45th minute, and the Mounties rode the hot foot for a 3-1 win over Taconic.
"She finds seams pretty well," Taconic coach John Flynn said. "Once she's around the 18, she's going to get a shot on goal, and it's going to be a good shot."
Angela Pannesco scored Taconic's lone goal.
McCann girls' soccer
SPRINGFIELD -- Mary Nguyen closed in on the school's all-time girls' scoring record with a goal and two assists in McCann's 5-0 blanking of Commerce.
Nguyen now was 115 points (85 goals, 30 assists), leaving her one shy of the record. McCann plays St. Joseph's today at home, a team they were held scoreless by a few weeks ago.
The Hornets'' high-powered offense was slow to get going against Commerce. Eileen Zajac's goal in the fifth minute was the lone tally until McCann scored three times in nine minutes mid way through the first half. Nguyen started the burst with a goal in the 19th minute and helped close it with an assist on Alex Lincoln's goal in the 25th.
Nguyen's assist on C.J. Schliech's goal in the 79th minute brought her within one point of tying the record.
"[Tuesday] was big because we got to finish up the week strong," coach Mike Dowling said. "We're playing some strong teams the rest of this week."
McCann boys' soccer
NORTH ADAMS -- The Hornets continued their strong play in the Tri-County II with a 4-1 win over Smith Voc, the second time they beat Smith Voc. by that score.
Chad Raimer scored a pair of goals, including the first just 53 seconds into the game, and an assist to lead the offense. McCann had a 2-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old after Kevin Dowling scored his second career goal 9:33 into the game.
"It was nice to score those two quick goals," coach Adam Kozik said. "Gave us a good cushion. Gave us a chance to play everybody in both halves again."
LANESBOROUGH -- Chad Alibozek's 39 on the par-36 front nine at Skyline Country Club powered the Hurricanes to a 175-186 win over St. Joseph's. Andy Cella shot a 42 to lead the Crusaders.
Alibozek had the match's only birdie on the second hole.
"Chad was his usual self [Tuesday]," said St. Joe's coach Fran Brilliant. "They were just deep and consistent enough to pull this out."
McCann cross country
NORTH ADAMS -- Sabis swept McCann Tech on the Hornets' 2.8-mile home course. The boys fell 22-37, while the girls lost 19-38.
Justin Schneider was second in the boys race, finishing in 18 minutes, 41 seconds. Teammate Nick Kordana was fourth in 19:18. Zoe Loughman led the McCann girls, finishing third in 24:08. Hornets coach Todd Hamilton said all but two of his runners set personal bests.
"Each week our goal is to improve over the week before," Hamilton said. "As long as they continue to improve, that's my goal for the team."
MCLA women's tennis
NORTH ADAMS -- The Trailblazers received a pair of points from Megan Holmes, Sarah Cowdell, and Ama Adwetewa-Badu as they defeated the visiting Anna Maria Amcats, 6-3, in a non-conference matchup. The win marked the second in two days for MCLA.
MCLA opened the match by earning a pair of doubles points as the team of Holmes and Danielle Wiencek won 8-2, while Cowdell and Adwetewa-Badu won 8-3.
Leading 2-1, MCLA took the court for singles action. Sarah Murphy and Holmes won in the top two slots, Holmes winning a third set tiebreaker. Anna Maria would stay in it winning at the third and fourth singles slots. Cowdell and Adwetewa-Badu had other ideas though, winning in the final two matches to close out the win for MCLA.