Erin Devine had 12 kills, and Nicole Brown total 33 assists Monday as a Bulldogs kick a Black Knights, 3-2, on a road.
STOUGHTON — Canton High girls volleyball manager Pat Cawley had a summary for her group as a Bulldogs prepared to play their initial fifth set of a season.
“Pressure is a privilege,” Cawley told her players. “If you’re going to be a good group you’ve got to be means to play in a fifth set. If we wish to make a run in a tournament, we have to learn how to play underneath pressure.”
Canton did accurately that, commanding Stoughton 15-9 in a final set on Monday night to win a match, 3-2.
After a fourth set in that they blew a late lead, a Bulldogs (12-1, 12-1) collected themselves and put divided a Black Knights (10-4, 10-3) in a conflict between a tip dual teams in a Hockomock League Davenport Division. It was a good atmosphere in a gymnasium that customarily gives Stoughton an edge.
“We have a severe time personification in this gym (because) a roof is low,” Cawley said. “It’s good home-field advantage since (Stoughton) is used to personification (here). We always have a lot of difficulty here.”
These dual teams met final month, when Canton swept Stoughton 3-0 during home. Black Knights manager Erica Batchelder was tender with her team’s bid on Senior Day.
“The final time we played them was unequivocally not a best game,” Batchelder said. “To come behind and go 5 sets with them is incredible, and I’m unequivocally unapproachable of a girls for that.”
Canton started off slowly, descending into a discerning 3-0 hole in a initial set, though woke adult quickly. Middle blocker Erin Devine and hitter Taylor Harris total for 7 kills in a opening set to beam a Bulldogs to a 25-16 start.
Devine, a 6-foot-3 senior, was a Bulldogs’ best striker on Monday. She finished with 12 kills and was a force along a net.
“Erin’s been a go-to chairman for us, she creates really few errors,” Cawley said. “I tell my setter, if she’s on, go to her. we don’t caring if she gets any ball.”
The second set saw Stoughton tumble in a 5-1 hole, though a Black Knights recovered to tie a set during 10. Stoughton finished adult winning 25-20, scoring a final 4 points and restraining a compare up.
Canton and Stoughton were even during 8 on a third set, though a Bulldogs exploded for a 17-7 run to hang adult a set 25-15 and take a lead back.
It seemed that Canton would win a compare when a Bulldogs led a fourth set 23-20. But after a Stoughton timeout, a Black Knights sealed out a set with a 6-1 run to startle Canton and force a condensed fifth set.
Whatever Batchelder told her group in that timeout clearly worked.
“I only told them to play like they can,” Batchelder said. “We’ve grown so most via a season. The approach we started out we weren’t personification together, now we’re personification as a team.”
The final set was all Canton, as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead interjection to a span of blocks from Devine and never looked back.
Harris finished with 15 kills and 20 digs, while comparison setter Nicole Brown pressed a stat piece with 33 assists, 21 digs and 5 kills.
“She’s my building ubiquitous out there,” pronounced Cawley of Brown. “We wouldn’t be anywhere though her. Nicole is one of a best athletes I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been here for 18 years. She’s a genuine deal, she’s a glue that binds us together.”
For Stoughton, Hanna Holden and Delaney Nagel any had 10 kills, and Nagel total 9 blocks. Molly Turner and Mia Bennet total for 54 digs, and Rachel Goulston has a clever diversion on defense. Sasha Hyacinthe and Molly Turner any had 8 kills.
Canton went only 7-12 final year, though has incited it around this season, already clinching a postseason berth. Having seen her group not bashful divided from a vigour in a final set, Cawley has a pinnacle certainty in a Bulldogs.
“I know they can do it,” Cawley said. “I trust in them some-more than they trust in themselves. I’m perplexing to remonstrate them that they can do it, and this will be really useful to them down a road.”