, Salem, MA


November 6, 2013

Fenwick makes most of opportunity, eliminates Weston

PEABODY — Battered or bruised, the Bishop Fenwick volleyball team always goes all-out for a win.

Despite playing through some injuries, there was no way the Crusaders were going to let last night’s opportunity pass them by.

Fenwick earned revenge from last year’s tournament exit by hitting Weston with a 3-0 victory in a Division 2 North quarterfinal game. Weston eliminated the Crusaders in the same round a year ago, but a more experienced, hungrier Fenwick team responded last night with 25-23, 25-15, 25-11 wins.

The Crusaders (20-2) get a familiar opponent in the semifinals as they’ll host Arlington Catholic (19-3) tomorrow night (7 p.m.).

Fenwick actually started slowly against Weston, battling point for point in the first game, but things started turning around in the second game and the Crusaders were playing their best volleyball by the time they put the Wildcats away.

“That’s something we’ve done all year. Last year, we were a little up and down because we were a little younger,” Fenwick coach Adam DeBaggis said. “This year, we’ve been so composed and finishing games when it’s time to finish. Some teams go into the third set like that, thinking this game’s already over. We put our foot on the gas pedal instead of slowing up.”

After the first game, Fenwick played with speed and intensity that Weston simply couldn’t match.

“We went in with the idea that the girls were going to not only play their own game, but also maintain a certain level of energy on the court. After a certain amount of points, because we have so many young people on the court, it’s kind of hard for them to completely commit the entire 25 points,” Weston (15-7) coach Fabian Arila said.

“They’re a very, very solid team. I commend them. They’ve got a great middle, they’re very scrappy, and they don’t let anything drop. I know my girls fell apart, but they have a great team and I hope they do well.”

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