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Peabody volleyball suffers 2nd loss to Danvers




After capturing the first set and leading by four points late in game two, the Peabody Tanners couldn’t keep the powerhouse Danvers Falcons at bay and ended up on the losing end of a 3-1 final in Northeastern Conference (NEC) volleyball action on Monday at the Danvers High School Field House. It was Peabody’s second setback by Danvers this season, as the Tanners dropped a 3-2 decision at home when the two rivals met back in September.

On Monday, Peabody used solid defensive play and serving to score a 25-20 victory in the first game. The Tanners then appeared on the verge of going up by two games. Peabody led 19-15 late in set two before Danvers produced a 10-3 surge to win 25-22 and even the match at one game apiece. In set three, the Tanners were within two points late but, once again, the hosts would hold on to earn a 25-21 victory and pull ahead, 2-1.

Peabody head coach Lisa Keene, whose team had won four straight entering Monday’s match, said the Tanners played better on Monday than they had in the previous loss to the Falcons. “I think we had a good first, second and third game. We eliminated a lot of the errors we made when we played them the first time,” she explained. “The last game wasn’t as good. We struggled with our serve and receive and rotations, and that cost us six or seven points early.”

After looking a bit rattled early in the fourth set and falling behind, 9-1, the Tanners showed grit and battled back to pull within two at 19-17 before falling short, 25-21.

“They’re a very good team to play against. It’s always a real back-and-forth match between us. We definitely play at a higher level when we play Danvers,” said Keene, whose team fell to 7-3 overall with the loss. Danvers improved to 10-1.

For Peabody, setter Rachel Coleman finished with 18 assists and three aces while Serena Laro and Jillian Alimonti had 11 kills between them.

Despite the defeat, Keene focused on the positive aspects of Monday’s match. “We’ve improved a lot since the season started, and service-wise we did a great job tonight,” she pointed out. “[The Falcons] have a stronger hitting team than we do, so we have to be much stronger on defense against them.”

Field hockey team earns win, tie through first seven games

Through its first seven contests, the Peabody field hockey team has collected one win and one tie. The Tanners lost to Gloucester last Thursday at home to fall to 1-5-1 entering this week’s play. The victory was a 7-0 shutout of Malden. In that game, Courtney Ball scored twice and had an assist while Kayla Moy, Nicole Ferrante, Ashley Annese, Jessica Bacelar and Haley Carter collected the other goals. Mallory LeBlanc had two assists and Sofia Rodriguez got the win in goal.

The Tanners played to a 1-1 tie against Revere. Ball tallied Peabody’s lone score off an assist from LeBlanc.

By Greg Phipps

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