It took everything they had, but in the end the Salem High Witches found a way to beat Marblehead, 3-2, in Northeastern Conference volleyball action.
Setter Stephanie Martinez got three service points — two on aces — to give Salem a 15-13 win in the final game. Salem won 25-9, 14-25, 25-22, 21-25, and 15-13 to improve to 5-4.
Outside hitter Codey Homan had 11 kills, middle hitter Julia Florence added seven kills, and Kayti Lefrancois chipped in 12 digs and four aces for the Witches. Hannah Mullarkey had a great all-around game with nine digs, two aces and four kills.
Greater Lawrence 3, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 0: The Bulldogs dropped to 3-6 after falling 25-21, 25-20, 25-19.
Masconomet 6, Amesbury 1: The Chieftains rolled to 7-0 thanks to two goals and one assist from Maddie Doyle and two goals from Maddie Lafreniere. Belle Ives contributed one goal and two assists and Dana Balek contributed one goal and one assist. Eliza Stachan, Alexa Puleo, Cat Hosman, Margaret Maysek, and Megan Letvinchuk also played well for Masco.
Rockport 2, Hamilton-Wenham 0: Senior captains Taylor Ward and Eliza Webber were both standouts defensively for Hamilton-Wenham (3-4-1).
Manchester Essex 3 Newburyport 0: Taylor Meek found the net twice and Brittany Smith contributed one goal as the Hornets moved to 7-0-1. Paige Zabal and goalie Hailey Malloy also played well for Manchester Essex.
Amesbury 147, Ipswich 125: Senior Quinn O’Connor produced 27 point to lead the Tigers in defeat. Brothers Ryan Mulkerin (23 points) and Kyle Mulkerin (22) also pitched in for Ipswich (5-3).
Peabody 441/2, Swampscott 271/2: Nolan Franey won his match at No. 1, 61/2 to 21/2, as the Tanners (6-3-1) prevailed at Kernwood Country Club in Salem. No. 2 Matt Correale (8-1), No. 5 Ted Izzo (81/2 to 1/2) and No. 7 Chris Ciampa (6-3) all won their matches for Peabody while No. 6 Steve Goggin halved his match.
Noah Maercklein, Anthony Springthorpe and E.J. Palleschi each won for Swampscott (2-3 NEC, 4-6 overall) while Chris Thomsen halved his match.