Impressive wins for EHS volleyball team
The Everett High volleyball team earned impressive wins over Pope John and Revere, extending their winning streak to three games, before having the nice run snapped in Peabody this past week.
The Lady Crimson Tide began the week at Pope John and started strong. Senior captains Yasmeen Guerrier and Isabella Lyles combined for five service points and Guerrier set up Lyles four times for kills as the Lady Tide jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first set.
Junior Janeka Vilmont, starting her first game at middle, made a nice contribution to the Everett cause with three kills. Junior Camila Morare and senior Chrystel Fortunat served three points each to close out the set, 25-14.
Morare broke open the second set, taking the serve at 10-8 and running off eight straight that put the Tide up by 10. Everett took the set 25-16, and looked poised to get the sweep as senior Giana Escobar served eight in a row to help Everett build a 10-2 lead in set three.
Despite a pair of kills from Guerrier and Lyles, Everett could not hold off Pope John, who tied the game 16-16, then battled for a 24-22 lead. Everett got three aces from Fortunat to pull ahead 25-24, but Pope John rallied for a 27-25 win.
The fourth set remained close, as each team kept the other from getting separation. Everett pulled ahead 10-9 behind a Fortunat ace, and built a 16-12 lead on Escobar’s serving, before losing the senior passer to injury. Vilmont had two kills and a block and Lyles had another pair as Everett escaped with a 25-22 set win, taking the match 3-1.
The next day, Everett hosted Revere. The Lady Crimson Tide found themselves in an early hole, losing the first set 25-16, despite five kills from Lyles. The second set was closer, with senior Stephanie Ariste and junior Kayla Gomes getting kills, but Everett still fell, 25-20.
“I told the girls what I told them the day before,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran. “When we were up 2-0 against Pope John, I told the team that we hadn’t won anything yet. You need three sets to win. I reminded them that it’s the same thing even if we’re down. Revere needed three sets, and if we played to our capabilities, we can stop them from getting there.”
The Lady Crimson Tide responded, fueled by six aces in nine serves from sophomore sensation Bianca May, who turned a 12-8 deficit into a five point lead in the third set. Lyles had three kills and two blocks, and Ariste had a block as well, as Everett got on the board, 25-19.
“The fourth set was a total team effort,” noted Fineran, whose squad received kills from Ariste, Gomes, Vilmont, and Morare, and six from Lyles.
Guerrier served an ace on the final point, 25-14, setting up a race to 15 in the fifth set tie-breaker. Everett jumped out to a commanding 8-0 lead behind May’s serves, and then benefited hugely from three kills and two blocks from Lyles to go up 12-5. A couple of missed serves let Revere gain momentum and pull closer, but Everett capped off the comeback by closing it out, 15-12.
“We made mistakes for sure, but when we were on, we showed what we’re capable of,” said a delighted Fineran. “We have a lot of heart and a lot of talent, and we have to take care of our business when opportunities present themselves.”
Two days later, a shorthanded Everett squad fell to first-place Peabody, 3-0.
“We are halfway to the tournament, and I think we can make a lot of noise in the second half of the season,” said Fineran, whose Lady Crimson Tide have a busy week ahead. They were scheduled to face Lowell yesterday (Tuesday) and to entertain Lynn Classical today (Wednesday). They will travel to Lynn English Friday and host Triton next Tuesday.
Tough week for EHS boys soccer
The Everett High boys soccer team endured a week of frustration with a string of three matches in which the Crimson Tide played well, but proved unable to reach the back of their opponents’ nets.
Everett dropped contests to Gloucester (1-0) and Malden (3-0) and tied Lynn Classical (0-0). The Crimson Tide now stand at 2-4-2 on the season.
“We have a young team, especially up front,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza. “We are starting seven sophomores, and although they are good players and getting better with every game, they are going up against senior opponents who physically are much stronger and who have more experience.”
However, there were some bright spots for the Crimson Tide, with Constanza lauding the play of senior captain Rodney Landaverde and fellow seniors Derlin Eldieu and Luis Avendano, all of whom play in the midfield.
“We have been out-possessing our opponents thanks to the play in the middle of those three guys,” said Constanza. “They control the ball and make good decisions and passes.”
The Crimson Tide’s upcoming schedule featured matches against St. John’s Prep this past Monday and a road contest at Salem yesterday (Tuesday). They will play another road game at Winthrop tomorrow (Thursday) before returning to Everett Stadium next Wednesday for an evening contest (7:00 kick-off) against Lynn English.
“We’ve played a stretch of eight away games out of our past nine games,” noted Constanza, “so it will be nice finally to get back on our home turf.”