Westfield girls volleyball captures strong wins

Sept. 12, 2012
WESTFIELD – Westfield High School girls' volleyball team got a couple of quality wins under their belts, topping the Renaissance School and Sabis last week.

Gabby Hernandez had 17 service points, including four aces, and two digs as the Bombers beat the Renaissance School 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 26-24) on Sept. 4. Abby Hart contributed seven kills and five service points while Tracy Midwood chipped in with 14 assists and 10 service points.

Renaissance was led by Nahyska Dumey (four aces, three digs) and Stephanie Godding (five digs, two kills, two aces). Ella Ferst led the way with 19 service points, including four aces, and two kills in Westfield's 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-8) win over Sabis on Sept. 28.

Kate Menard chipped in with four aces, two kills and two blocks, while Hart recorded six kills and five blocks.

Jazmine Collins recorded four kills and Casie Thurber contributed three kills and two aces, while Jazlyn Wanzo chipped in with seven digs for Sabis.

MCLA tops Elms in thriller

CHICOPEE – Hannah Spring scored a goal for the Blazers on a beautiful through ball from freshman defender Emily Brown of Agawam, but the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) received four scores on set pieces including three corner kick strikes from Jennifer Ferrari of Westfield, to help lift the Trailblazers to thrilling 4-3 double overtime victory a non-conference women's soccer game on Sept. 8.

The hat trick earned Ferrari a place on the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) weekly honor roll.

Locals named to MASCAC Weekly honor rolls

BUZZARDS BAY – Agawam's Gaby Gonet, a junior forward for the Worcester State University women's soccer team, tallied three goals and an assist for seven points in 2-2 week for the Lancers, including a pair of markers in 5-1 win over Rhode Island College to earn her a spot on the MASCAC women's soccer weekly honor roll released on Sept. 9.

West Springfield's Tim Shea, a member of the Westfield State University cross country team was also named to the weekly honor roll after he posted a 16th place finish for the Owls at Trinity Bantam Invitational, covering the 5K layout in a time of 17:28.

Feeding Hills native Linda Fortunato also made the weekly honor roll in women's cross country after she took top individual honors for Fitchburg state at the school's Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational 5K race, posting time of 23:02.

WSU wins Rutland Invitational

CASTLETON, Vt. – WSU's Ashley Bovat of Westfield scored in the 53rd minute to give the Owls a 2-0 advantage, but Astleton State rallied for two late goals to tie Westfield State, 2-2, before the Owls prevailed in a shootout to capture the championship of the Rutland Herald Invitational on Sept. 9.

Blazers upend Rivier College

NASHUA, N.H. – Elms College senior goalkeeper Alexandra Bonavita of Agawam, Mass. made eight saves and six different Blazers, including South Hadley's Kayla Narey and Agawam's Kristina Kopyscinski, recorded goals to help cap a 6-2 victory over Rivier College in a Sept. 8 field hockey game. With the effort, Bonavita was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week.

Elms falls to Smith College

CHICOPEE – Elms College senior outside hitter Christina Martin of Chicopee downed six kills and recorded 13 digs, but Smith College swept the Blazers 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 29-27) on Sept. 8.

Westfield State falls in milestone game for Williams coach

WESTFIELD – The Westfield State University (WSU) men's soccer team took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute on a beautifully executed play just outside the box, with freshman Kevin Bengle of West Springfield scoring off perfect interior passes from Mike Stackhouse of Westfield, but Williams College rallied for a 2-1 victory on Sept. 5. The win gave Ephs coach Mike Russo 400 for his career.

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