Belmont gets past Farmington but trips up in Sunapee

The Belmont High School Red Raiders won their first round playoff volleyball game at home against Farmington on October 31. Set scores were 25-23, 25-19 and 25-18. Said coach Melissa Miner, "Tonight was the best I have seen them all play in a couple of weeks. Every player was a contributing factor to the win. The biggest key to our success was we played together as a team." Belmont's Megan Bailey recorded one kill, five digs and 27 assists. Alyssa Woods had seven kills and one dig. Louisa Bergeron had ten kills. Shannon Conway had five kills and four digs, and Jessie Bergeron had 28 digs and one assist.

Belmont traveled to Sunapee on Sunday for the quarter-final match, where the Raiders' dreams of making the semi-final round were dashed with a 3-1 loss. The match was very competitive, with each set decided by four points or less. Miner said, "It wasn't the ending that the Red Raiders wanted.  We were determined to get to the Final Four in Plymouth.  However, Sunapee gave us a fight, they are a very scrappy and smart team.  We struggled in the first three matches with a lot of unforced errors and serving errors, but we kept pushing on.  I was hoping that with the experience that we had with five seniors  that would be an advantage, but it just wasn't our day.  We had a great season and will be saddened with the departure of our seniors." In Sunapee, Woods recorded one ace, six kills and one dig. Bailey had one ace, six kills, two digs and 36 assists. Conway had six kills, Louisa Bergeron had 11 kills and Jessie Bergeron had one ace, one kill and 19 digs.