Winnisquam deals Belmont first volleyball loss of the season

After an 8-0 start of the season, the Belmont volleyball team suffered its first loss on Wednesday against the Bears of Winnisquam.

Winnisquam took the win in three games: 25-17, 25-19 and 25-19.

A highlight for Belmont came in the second match, when Jessie Bergeron dug her 500th ball. Bergeron, said coach Melissa Miner, "is a four-year varsity player who has been the anchor for the Red Raiders." Also contributing for Belmont were Megan Bailey, with one kill, three blocks, three digs and 15 assists; Shannon Conway had three kills and one dig; Louisa Bergeron had six kills and one block; and Shea Callahan had two kills.

About the loss, Miner said, "The Red Raiders played well against the Bears, we haven't been hit at this hard all season. We stayed tough against them, we dug them up and blocked a few. However our offense was not killing the ball and that hurt us. We do not play them again until the last match of the season, so we have a lot of time to work on our weaknesses."