MEREDITH — It was a good week for the Inter-Lakes Varsity Volleyball team as it upended the defending Division III state champions Winnisquam Bears Wednesday, just two days after Senior middle hitter Jordan Donohue became the first player in Inter-Lakes program history to achieve the 500 kill milestone.
The win over Winnisquam came in an excruciatingly long match in Meredith on a hot and humid Wednesday night by set scores of 29-27, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25.
Donohue recorded 16 kills, 11 service points, five aces, and senior Lydia Swedberg registered 18 service point and ten digs. Senior Middle hitter Jessica Schofield had a career night with six kills, five blocks and two block kills. Also contributing were Sarah Sundius (seven kills, six digs), Jenn Pelczar (10 points, six digs), Hayley Roth (28 assists) and Victoria Burns (seven points, seven digs). Inter-Lakes improves to 3-1 on the season and heads to Mascoma on Friday.
Inter-Lakes defeated John Stark in straight sets on Monday night in Meredith, 25-7, 25-14, 25-12. Donohue led the way with four aces, three blocks and nine kills, including her 500th career kill. Also contributing were Lydia Swedberg (10 service points, six digs), Hayley Roth (15 points, 14 assists), Kaila Martin (six points, four kills) and Jenn Pelczar (11 points, five aces).
A varsity starter since her freshman year, Donohue earned accolades from coach Randy Mattson for her achieving the 500 kill mark.
''Jordan is a player that stands out among most of the players I have coached at Inter-Lakes over the past 20 years. She is dedicated, driven and passionate about the sport. She is one of only a few players in my coaching career to have had the skill and maturity to be a varsity starter as a freshman. She is one of those players who is ready to go on the court every minute of every day.'' said Mattson.
She said that Donohue is not only a very competitive athlete, but also one who has assumed a leadership role on the team.
''When one season ends, she is eager for the next to begin. Jordan has become one of the top players in New Hampshire because she has been a serious student of the game....she simply lives and breathes the game every minute of the day. An incredibly intense player during competition, Jordan motivates her teammates at Inter-Lakes by pushing them to achieve greatness. I have enjoyed watching her growth as a student athlete as she has matured into a strong leadership role in our program.'' says Mattson.