Thursday October 26, 2017
On Tuesday, October 16, the Wolves lost to Lyndon Institute on the road, two sets to three (25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 22-25, 12-15). It was a very close match throughout and contributions were made by every player on the team. Big blocks were made by the middles (Savana Goslovich and Savannah Dames) getting everything in their range. The setter (Hunter Delaney) ran plays to the hitters (Katie Gaulin with Gabby Jarvis and Kristen Precourt off the bench). Defensive play from libero (Meika Shuman) was solid as they covered hits by Lyndon, and defensive specialists (Aiyana Chastenay and Katie Cheung) dug everything in sight. Opposite, played by Kaleigh Plumeau, performed lights out on the right side.
The varsity boys volleyball team defeated Enosburg Falls on their Senior Night, October 17, winning three sets to one (18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-14). Following the ceremonies honoring the eight seniors, the Wolves lost the first set. They rallied to win the second set led by the inspired offensive performances of Matt Munson and David Couture. Then in the third set Enosburg fought back and with the score level at 23-23 Sayid Hilowle was brought on as a substitute. Hilowle proceeded to snuff out an Enosburg come back as he leveled a solid roof block over a bewildered Enosburg player to win the third set. Victory in the fourth set was assured by the serves of Rakesh Subedi, Munson and Couture.
Then on Friday October 20 the Wolves found themselves on the other end of the Burlington senior night celebrations as they fell to the Seahorses in three straight sets (23-25, 13-25, 20-25). The Wolves got off to a strong start in the first set as David Couture and Rakesh Subedi combined to give the Wolves an eight point lead. But the Seahorses found their footing, rallied and carried the momentum forward through the next two sets.
The Boys XC team was at the Ethan Allen Firing Range on Friday, October 20 for the “Cougar Classic.” This course had the largest hill the team has seen all season — a brutal and almost continuous climb from 2400m all the way to 4000m (after 1.5 miles of downhill to start). This was the final tune up before the October 28 state championship.
In the boys race, the Wolves were led by Lucas Calcagni (winner in 17:25), Jackson Hauman (8th in 18:12), Emmett Edwards (12th in 18:27), Colin McKay (13th in 18:28) and Alex Gordon (14th in 18:29) to score 45 points and finished three points behind Burlington for 2nd place as a team. Burlington is widely considered to be the #1 or #2 team in Division 1 (along with Essex), and for the majority of the season South Burlington has been the #3 team for Division 1 in the power rankings. Since the Manchester Invitational on September 23 (just under 1 month ago), the Wolves have been patiently gaining ground on Burlington and Essex (who did not race their varsity on Saturday). Avery Barrino and Trey Uttecht will round out the varsity seven for the state meet.
The girls soccer team was 1-1 last week after being upset on the road to BFA-St. Albans on Tuesday, October 17. Julia Hasenecz tied the game up early in the second half but it wasn’t enough for the Wolves who fell 3-1. Bailey Burt made five saves in the game.
On October 21, the Wolves earned some redemption with a road win over Essex, 3-0. Burt made five saves in the shut out win, while Megan Harton had the opening goal and an assist on one of Olivia Dion’s two second half goals.
The boys soccer team earned two shutout wins last week. On Wednesday, October 18, they defeated Burlington at home 1-0 after Josh Coon scored on an assist by Ben Knudsen one minute into the match. That was enough for the Wolves as Brendan Precourt pitched a shutout performance in goal. He matched that performance on Saturday, October 21 with a 2-0 win at home versus Colchester. Lukas Kaiser and Amerlin Nemeye’s first half goals propelled South Burlington to the No. 1 seed for the Division one playoffs.
The Wolves fell to Mount Mansfield at home on Friday, October 20, during its senior night celebration. Javen Sears and Robbie Mafuta scored South Burlington’s touchdowns. The final score was 40-14. The Wolves travel down the road to Rice for a Division 1 consolation matchup on Saturday, October 28.
The reigning Division One champs are hitting their stride and looking to repeat as they wrapped up the regular season with two victories last week. On Tuesday, they shutout Mt. Abraham with a 2-0 win as Odessa O’Brien and Emma Liebegott (both assisted by Joan Vera) scored for the Wolves. Marissa Pelino had four saves. Two days later, Pelino’s six saves were enough to earn a second shutout for the week as the host team defeated Colchester 4-0. Emma Miner (two goals), Emma Liebegott (one goal and two assists), and Joan Vera (one goal) paced the Wolves offense. The team finished the regular season with a 13-1 record.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent