The looks on the Burlington blockers’ faces are a telling indication of what it’s like to go up against Holyoke’s attackers. Between Taeryn Trumper’s vertical and Kristin Vieselmeyer’s height, the Dragons routinely rack up plenty of kills. Trumper, who is pictured in Friday’s first set, posted nine kills in 25 attacks at the Oct. 5 homecoming match. — Johnson Publications

HHS rises above the Cougars; varsity, JV and C win

    Holyoke High School volleyball teams celebrated wins all around last Friday, playing their Oct. 5 homecoming games against the Burlington Cougars. Varsity won 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-23), JV won 2-1 (25-27, 25-23, 16-14), and C team won 2-1 (18-25, 25-19, 15-6).
    In varsity action, the Dragons started out strong. They played well together and looked sharp — even to a casual observer. HHS made quick work of the first set, leaving the Cougars in the dust and winning 25-14. Set two was similarly brutal. The Dragons made the 25-16 win look effortless.
    Going into the third set with the advantage, the home team may have gotten a bit complacent. When the match wasn’t hanging in the balance, Holyoke eased up, and Burlington came close to winning the set. In the end, HHS clinched a 25-23 win, but as coach Hannah Petersen said, it should have never been that close.
    Looking to build on the experience, Petersen said they will be working on being consistently aggressive, fighting for every point and every ball.

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