Winnisquam cruises past Sunapee for chance to play in volleyball state final

PLYMOUTH — The Winnisquam Regional High School volleyball team will play for the state championship after defeating Sunapee in semi-final play 3-0 on Wednesday night at Plymouth State University. The third seeded Bears won each set by at least five points. The closest set came in the second. Sunapee, the second seed in the NHIAA's Division III tournament, knotted the set up at 16 after reeling off five unanswered points. That's as close as they would come late in any of the three sets. The sets ended with the scores of 25-15, 25-20, 25-16.

" I think our experience paid off. The girls understand what's at stake here. I never saw any panic." Coach Mike Livernois said. "Erica Doubleday, who had 24 assists, had a big game for us tonight. This is her first year starting as a junior and she played well on the big stage.

In the second set Winnisquam jumped out to 16-10 lead, only to see the Lakers claw their way back into it and tie the set up 16-16. The Bears did not look back after that. Bailey Long ended the set in style with a kill for the final point. Long had seven kills on the evening. "The second set we saw a lot of errors, but got the jitters out of they way after that. Our goal every year is to start here in the jamboree and finish here in the final four." Livernois added.

The final set was all Winnisquam. Senior Hannah Chapin lead the way with four kills in the set. Chapin finished the night with nine kills, five digs and two blocks. The Bears will look to defend their title in a rematch of last season's final versus Nute on Friday night at Plymouth State University.