Published December 20, 2019

By JENNIFER GENTILE

MELROSE—The Melrose High girls’ volleyball team enjoyed their year end banquet on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Rosaria Restaurant in Saugus. The night was a chance for the team to honor their outgoing seniors, celebrate their 19-4 league-winning season and present awards and captainship.

Coach Scott Celli presented varsity letters to his players and presented All Star certificates to his team’s five league All Stars: Nicole Abbott, Erin Torpey, Emma Randolph, Emily Hudson and Mary Kate Mahoney. 

Randolph was recognized for her League MVP nod and Boston Herald and Boston Globe All Scholastic honors, along with her MGVCA All State selection.  

Individual awards included: 

Newly named volleyball captains Autumn Whelan, Chloe Gentile and Emily Hudson join outgoing captains Nicole Abbott, Erin Torpey and Emma Randolph. Pictured from left: Whelan, Abbott, Torpey, Gentile, Hudson, Randolph and coach Scott Celli. (Steve Karampalas photo)

Top Server-Nicole Abbott

Top Offensive-Emma Randolph

Top Defensive-Nicole Abbott

Unsung Hero-Mary Kate Mahoney

Most Improved-Eva Haralabatos

MVP-Emma Randolph

Coach’s Award-Erin Torpey

The junior varsity and freshmen team were also honored. Award winners include junior varsity MVP: Ava Burns, junior varsity Most Improved: Gia Vlajkovic and freshman team MVP Bella Fay. 

Finally, at the end of the evening coach Scott Celli named his new 2020 captains. Leading the team as tri-captains are freshman Chloe Gentile, junior Emily Hudson and sophomore Autumn Whelan.

Hudson is the team’s hard hitting All Star middle blocker, Gentile recently earned the 2nd most kills as a freshman in MHS history and lead the league in freshman scoring, and Whelan is coming off a strong playoffs and should be considered the anchor of Melrose’s defense next season. 

Departing this season are seniors Marie Maher, Mary Kate Mahoney, Claire Albuja, Erin Torpey, Nicole Abbott, Grace Davis and Emma Randolph.