Thursday October 19, 2017
On Thursday, October 12, coaches Dave Stephenson and Deepak Pokhrel led the boys varsity team to a stunning victory against a determined Vermont Commons team winning 3 sets to 1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-20, 26-24). After narrowly losing the first set in overtime, the Wolves rallied and convincingly won the next two sets. But Vermont Commons fought back and went up in the fourth set 20-11. However, the Wolves refused to be outdone as Noah Borden, David Couture, and Rakesh Subedi rallied their offense to win back and maintain the serve. Once Couture and Subedi got their turns at serving they collectively dug the Wolves out of their hole and tied it up to force the fourth set into overtime where the Wolves ultimately proved victorious. “To say that the boys played well tonight would be a significant understatement. Both teams played extremely well and the Wolves just put in their best performance of the season,” Coach Stephenson said. “Coaches have a saying that sometimes victory just goes to the side that wants it the most...and I think tonight was one of those nights,” he added.
The next day, the Wolves found themselves on the other side of a hard fought match after losing a five set match to Lyndon (20-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 6-15). Captain Jake Kellogg and Mukesh Subedi led the comeback in the 3rd set with their serving to give the Wolves an early 10 point lead. In the 4th set, after falling behind 13-18, Captain Noah Ladue sparked another Wolves comeback with a block against Lyndon that brought him to the serving line where he leveled the score. Once the serve was lost it was promptly regained and Couture returned to the service line where he served up the next seven points to bring the Wolves to the 25 point threshold needed for victory and force a 5th set tie break. But Lyndon ultimately regained their footing and fought back in the tie break to seal their victory.
The Wolves hosted Enosburg Falls on October 9 for their senior night match. The varsity lost a tight, five set match (20-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 8-15). South Burlington fell behind after losing the first set. In the second set the Wolves were behind 10-16 when Katie Gaulin served eight points in a row to push the team into the lead, six of which were aces. South Burlington eventually lost the set by only two points to go down 0-2. The run sparked a comeback by the Wolves to win the next two sets to force a 5th set tie-breaker. Although the Wolves lost the 5th set, Senior Night was a hard fought, exciting match with a lot of excitement for the almost 100 fans in attendance.
On October 12, the Wolves traveled to Vermont Commons and were victorious with a three set win (25-21, 25-12, 21-18). Even though the team was missing their setter, the Wolves played solid volleyball with backups. Lead by Captains Meika Shuman and Katie Gaulin and backup setter Kaleigh Plumeau (with Kristen Precourt in as opposite), the Wolves were able to win in three straight sets. Savana Goslovich was a key factor in the match for her all-around play. The team finished the week with a 5-6 win on the season. The team will play their first playoff match on either October 25 or October 26.
The Wolves girls golf team finished 7th in the states held at Proctor-Pittsford on October 12. Senior Co-captains Layla O’Connnor and Gretchen Nerber led the scoring with a 117 and 120 for the 18 hole match. Sophomore Olivia Worcester also competed. Golf will return as a fall sport in 2018.
On Thursday, October 12, Green Mountain National held the golf state championships. South Burlington finished in fifth place in Division 1 with Kyle McLane’s 83 the top score for the Wolves (Adam Sobczak 86, Carleton Plourde 93, Jagr Rinehart 95).
Girls Cross Country
The Wolves participated in the Harwood Invitation on October 14. The South Burlington team finished in second place, led by Camille Bolduc, who was the runner up finisher in the event. The team is now preparing for the state championship in a week and a half.
The Wolves won a pair of one-sided games last week. On October 10, they defeated BFA-St. Albans 6-1 on the road. Three days later, they tackled Rice for a 4-1 win at home. Amerlin Nemeye picked up three goals in the wins, Patrick O’Hara earned two goals and an assist, while Josh Coon, Samy Slamani, Lukas Kaiser, Brendan Bridge and Colby Scott scored goals. Brendan Precourt earned four saves in the two wins. The team hosts Colchester on October 21.
The Wolves found themselves on both sides of 1-0 games last week as it defeated Colchester 1-0 on October 11 and lost to St. Johnsbury 1-0 on Friday the 13th. Megan Harton led the Wolves on the road with a second half goal over Colchester and Bailey Burt made 18 saves in the shutout win. In Friday’s home loss, Burt had five saves and South Burlington finished the week 7-3-2 on the season. The team travels to Essex on October 21.
On Friday, October 13, the Wolves cruised to a 7-0 victory over U-32. Emma Liebegott and Molly Boardman each scored three goals, while Willow Yager scored the seventh. Their next game is on October 19 versus Colchester.
The Wolves football team traveled down the road to play the Rice Green Knights. Nico Strumpek hit Andrew Cunningham for a 6-yard touchdown in the first to give the Wolves their only lead of the game. Later, Strumpek hit Robie Mafuta to get South Burlington within striking distance with a 26-13 score. Rice was able to pull away at the end and the final was 33-13. The Wolves host MMU on Friday, October 20.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent