Clutching her medal, middle hitter Massiel Ramirez gleamed with a bright smile, saying, “We never lost hope. I knew we could do it.”
In an emotional roller coaster of a match, her Boston English volleyball squad defeated O’Bryant, 3-1, at Burke High School on Tuesday for the school’s fourth city championship.
“I knew it was going to be a battle. They played great defense and our girls didn’t give up and stayed at it,” said Bulldogs coach Hardy Mondesir after the 25-16, 25-12, 21-25, 25-23 win.
“The only thing we had to do was work on defense, because we finally made it as a team, as a family,” said Ramirez. “I feel the best in my life. This is the thing I know I am good at and I love doing it. Now I know I’m good at it because I have my medal.”
Middle hitter Jasmine Allen’s performance at the service line carried the Bulldogs through the final set, bringing them back from a 23-21 deficit.
The set was a point-for-point rally that came after a tightly contested third set in which O’Bryant managed its first lead of the match. When it mattered most, Ramirez hit over a block and managed a service ace to set up the Bulldogs for game point. An O’Bryant error settled the set.
Ramirez had her biggest moments in the first and second sets along with outside hitter Heidy Barreiro. They worked side by side to deliver an unstoppable offense.
“[Heidy] is everywhere and she works hard to get every ball,” said Mondesir. “[Massiel], the key is her height. The minutes she stays behind the ball and attacks, it’s pretty dominating.”
Ramirez pounded through a double block to help end the second set, 25-12.
The duo worked to set the bar in the first set by giving the Bulldogs a 10-point lead and control over the volley, allowing Ramirez to showcase her hitting. Barreiro shined on the service line, earning Boston English five points before forcing O’Bryant to call a timeout at 19-11. Errors kept the rest of the set tight.
Barnstable 3, Medfield 0 — Senior Hannah Andres had 14 kills for the top-ranked Red Raiders (17-0)
Lynnfield 3, Wilmington 0 — Junior outside hitter Emma Mancini finished with 11 kills and 13 digs for the No. 18 Pioneers (16-4).
Bishop Feehan 3, Sacred Heart 0 — Senior outside hitter Kiley O'Donnell led the Shamrocks (15-3) with 10 kills.
Ursuline 3, Holbrook 0 — Senior Julia Goyette had 14 kills for the host Bears (15-5).
Mystic Valley 3, St. Clement 0 — Jessica Phinney (11 aces, 20 assists) and Shannon Roseen (nine aces, 10 kills) led the Eagles.
St. Mary’s 3, Lynn Classical 1 — Molly Doyle had 10 service points and 10 kills for the Spartans.
Blackstone Valley 3, Bristol-Plymouth 0 — Alana Thirsk had 9 kills, 5 service points, 4 aces, and a block as the Beavers (16-4) swept to advance to the final of the State Vocational Tournament (Large). Blackstone Valley will host the winner of Wednesday’s game between Greater Lowell and Greater New Bedford on Thursday.
East Bridgewater 2, Rockland 1 — The Vikings (8-8-2) clinched an improbable tournament berth by scoring twice in the second half. Senior captain Alex Carey netted the tying goal and Kevin Ogbonna potted the winner with three minutes remaining.
Carver 6, Monomoy 0 — Tyler Johnson had a hat trick for the Crusaders, and Kevin Aldrovandi added a goal and two assists.
Cohasset 6, Mashpee 0 — Senior forward Ryan McKeon netted a hat trick for the Skippers (13-4-2).
Blackstone Valley 3, Southeastern 2 — Teddy Floyd buried a header to give the Beavers (12-4-3) a win in the semifinals of the State Vocational Championship. Blackstone Valley will face the Greater New Bedford-Northeast winner in the final Wednesday.
Plymouth South 1, Braintree 0 — Junior Alex Powers scored for the Panthers and Sam Humberd recorded her fifth shutout.
Danvers 7, Gloucester 0 — Junior Shannon Pohle scored two goals for the Falcons (11-6-1).
Norwell 6, Hull 0 — Senior captain Danielle Griffin scored three goals for the host Clippers (14-5-1).
Wellesley 99, Weymouth 73 — Freshman Lynnie Young took first place in both the 200-meter freestyle and the 500-meter freestyle for the host Raiders.