The Gilford High School volleyball team improved its record to 12-3 by beating area rival Laconia in 3 straight on Wednesday by scores of 25-17, 25-11 and 25-15. "This was one of the most exciting matches of the season. The coaching staff at Laconia has done a fabulous job with the volleyball program this year. Laconia has made a tremendous amount of improvement since our first meeting back in early September. The scores do not indicate the hard fought battle by both teams."
In game one Gilford jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead only to have Laconia storm back and tie it 9-9. Gilford could not get more than a 2 point lead with scores: 10-10, 12-11, 14-12, 16-14 and 18-17. Gilford got the serve back with a 19-17 lead. Jess Freeman stepped to the service line and served out to match point as Gilford ran off 6 unanswered points. In that run Jordan Dean had kills for points 20 and 23, Maddie Harris had a block for point 21 and Cynthia Gagnon had a kill for point 22.. Gilford had 13 kill sand 2 blocks in game one. Jordan Dean had 7 kills, Maddie Harris had 2 kills and 1 block, Stevie Orton had 1 kill and 1 block, Brooke Beaudet, Cynthia Gagnon and Shannon Mercer had 1 kill apiece .
In game two Jordan Dean came to the service line with Gilford leading 9-6 and she ran off 8 points including 2 aces to give Gilford a 17-6 lead. Dean also added 4 kills, Harris chipped in with 2 kills and 2 blocks, Brooke Beaudet had 2 kills and 1 block, Cynthia Gagnon had 2 kills and Stevie Orton had 1 kill to round out the offense.
In game three Brooke Beaudet started the game with 2 ace serves and Jordan Dean added 2 more points on ace serves. Maddie Harris, Stevie Orton and Brooke Beaudet combined for 6 kills and 1 block in the final game.
"Our team is playing with confidence and we are peaking at the right time. This was a great match for us tonight. Shannon Mercer, our setter, had the best game of her career tonight. She finished with 23 assists and was steady throughout the match setting up the offense and playing solid defense".
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