The Saugus High School volleyball team closed out its 2022 season this week. The team commemorated the campaign by honoring its six senior players last Friday evening at the high school gym.
The Sachems were defeated in three sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-13) by Malden in their Senior Night tilt, but that didn’t take away from the celebratory atmosphere. Senior players Ivy McLaughlin, Janisha Berry, Diana Sosa-Martinez, Tanisha Berry, Maeva Kembo, and Yasmin Nunes were recognized before the match.
As for the overall season, the Sachems stood at 6-12 entering this week’s play. Saugus had two matches left on the schedule this week, which will conclude the season. Head coach Gina Vozzella said she was pleased with the team’s effort this fall.
“Their dedication and hard work is always appreciated,” she said. “(The players) seem to be functioning more as a team rather than six individual players on the court. Communication has improved tremendously and that is something we have struggled with in the past.”
Vozzella also pointed out that the Sachems had to overcome some adversity along the way. “We have had some ups and downs and have had a tough time with multiple players being injured,” she explained. “It’s been an adjustment for the team to play positions they aren’t familiar with, but they have really stepped up to the plate.”
The coach cited the strong seasons from senior Sosa-Martinez and junior Ashleigh Moore, who were a force in the middle for the Sachems. “They have had some major kills and blocks for us this season.”