Travel to Arlington Catholic Friday for first round

Published in the November 2, 2017 edition

HORNET VOLLEYBALL’s graduating seniors were honored before the final home game against Essex-Tech on Friday, Oct. 27. In the front row from left to right: Abby Paine, Jenna Forcellese, Abby D’Orlando and Katelyn DiChiara. In the back row from left to right: head coach Mike Milone, Katie Lonsdale, Lauren Gulbicki, Seren Ventullo, Taylor Moore, Noel Riley and coach Matt Quinlan. (John Friberg Photo)

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

NORTH READING — It was a successful Senior Night for the North Reading High volleyball team last Thursday as they beat Essex Teach 3-0. With that win, the Hornets ended the year at 11-8 overall.

North Reading won the first game, 25-23, and game two, 25-18. They closed the door in game three winning 25-11.

“We played very steady,” said North Reading head coach Mile Milone. “(Essex) seemed to struggled as the match went along.”

Noel Riley, who was recently moved to outside hitter, recorded nine kills while Lauren Gulbicki had seven blocks. Katelyn DiChiara had a team-high 17 service points.

“Katelyn served very well,” recalled Milone.

Before the game, the nine Hornet 12th-graders were honored.

On Monday, the Hornets were scheduled to visit Burlington for the regular-season finale but that match was canceled due to the fact that there was no school in North Reading due to the power outage.

On Tuesday, the seedings for the Division 2 North State Tournament came out. The Hornets are the 11th seed and will visit Arlington Catholic on Friday night at 6 p.m.

The Cougars, a team out of the Catholic Central League, are the sixth seed and enter the match with a record of 16-4.

The winner of that match will play the winner of Hamilton-Wenham vs. Tewksbury sometime early next week.