TOWNSEND -- On an already special night, the North Middlesex volleyball team gave their fans something to be happy about on Wednesday evening.
During the "Pink Volleyball Game," a night where all proceeds raised went directly to the American Cancer Society in their ongoing fight against breast cancer, the Lady Patriots made quick work of visiting Clinton, claiming a 25-7, 25-8, 25-10 victory to move to 4-9 on the season.
"This was a great night for the kids and everyone involved," said North Middlesex coach Mark Roy. "It is arguably the biggest night for our volleyball program and shows our support for cancer research. The kids really rallied tonight and a lot of people made this happen, especially Karen Clement, who put in a lot of work to pull this off."
With the first game tied at 2-2, the Lady Patriots reeled off nine of the next 10 points to open things up. Amy Clement led the way with five service points, including an ace, while Samantha Jurgilewicz chipped in a pair of service points as well, as North Middlesex opened up an 11-3 advantage.
The teams traded points for a bit as the lead remained eight at 14-6 before the Lady Patriots slammed the door on the game with an 11-1 closing kick. Sammy Marshall picked up four points on her service, including an ace, while Katherine Koulopoulos finished things up with five serving points, including two aces. Additionally, Marshall added a pair of sets and Leah Acquaviva ended the game with a loud spike, giving North Middlesex game one 25-7.
In game two, the Lady Patriots stormed out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back. Marissa Smith picked up four service points and a pair of aces, while Alysia Pearce had two aces as part of her three service points. Also contributing in the second game were Kalia Proulx (four service points, two aces) and Marshall (one kill, three sets), as North Middlesex breezed to a 25-8 win to take a 2-0 lead.
Much like game two, the Lady Patriots raced out to an eight-point lead in game three, never letting the Lady Gaels have a chance to come back. Clement got things rolling with six service points and an ace, while Rebecca Gardner added a pair of kills as North Middlesex held a 9-1 edge early on.
With the score 10-3, the Lady Patriots embarked on another 9-1 run to put the match away. Koulopoulos picked up five points on service, including an ace, while Morgan Perry added an ace on service as well. North Middlesex coasted the rest of the way, splitting the final 12 points en route to a 25-10 game three win and a 3-0 sweep.
"This was a nice win for us in a couple of ways," said Roy. "We got to play everyone on the roster, and they all stepped up and played well tonight. There was little drop off despite all of the substitutions, which was not a surprise because of all the hard work we are putting in during the week to get ready for matches. Also, this week keeps us alive in a bid for the Districts, which is big."