One of the main goals Lisa Keene had for her Peabody volleyball team at the beginning of the season, was to win the Northeastern Conference. With an undefeated recorded in the NEC (14-0), the Tanners accomplished what they set out to do and even earned the No. 2 seed in the Division 1 state tournament.
“It was so thrilling for the girls,” said Keene, whose team played its first season in the NEC. “Coming into the new division, we knew it would be a better move over time.
“Early on the season we weren’t playing a great defensive game. Hitting wise, this is one of the best teams I’ve ever coached. As the season progressed the girls started to understand their positions better and the defense got better.”
Peabody has a bye in the first round and will host the winner of the Central Catholic/Lynn Classical on Monday at 7 p.m. The Tanners are familiar with both teams as Classical plays in the NEC and CC defeated them in the quarterfinals last year, 3-0.
“Both teams are very strong,” added Keene. “Any time you play a Merrimack Valley Conference team, it’s going to be a battle. Classical has improved since the first time we played them earlier this season, but either way we should be ready.”
Junior middle hitter Carolyn Scacchi has been the Tanners leading player throughout the season. In a win over North Reading on Wednesday night, Scacchi recorded 20 kills and four blocks. She’s strong as a back row defender and also a great server.
Junior Olivia Summitt and senior Michaela Wallace have also been phenomenal up front and have really shined this year, according to Keene.
Beverly (14-2) also earned home court advantage in the quarterfinal round. The Panthers are seeded No.3 and host the North Andover/Chelmsford winner on Monday at 7 p.m.