High schools

Girls’ volleyball | Winchester 3, Melrose 1

Winchester volleyball perseveres against No. 7 Melrose

Winchester, MA: 10-11-17: Winchester's Luna Colozzo (left, #14), beats Melrose's Lily Fitzgerald (#9) and Saoirse Connolly (#13) at the net. Melrose visited Winchester in a high school girl's volleyball match. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Winchester's Luna Colozzo (left, No. 14) beats Melrose's Lily Fitzgerald (9) and Saoirse Connolly (13) at the net for one of her 22 kills in Wednesday’s Middlesex League victory over the No. 7 Red Raiders.

Something had to give when the Melrose girls’ volleyball team, ranked seventh in this week’s Globe Top 20, traveled to Winchester to take on the No. 19 Sachems on Wednesday night. Both teams were undefeated in Middlesex League play, and are at the top of their respective Freedom and Liberty divisions.

In an expectedly tight, four-set battle, Winchester persevered 3-1. It was the first meeting of the two conference powers since the Sachems won 3-2 in last year’s Division 2 North quarterfinals.

“This is a big win for us against one of the best programs in the state,” Winchester coach John Fleming said afterward.

Advertisement

“We dropped a tough loss [to Notre Dame Academy] on Friday, so to come back and play well against a well-coached team is big.”

Winchester, MA: 10-11-17: Winchester's Lauren Salvatore is pictured in action. Melrose visited Winchester in a high school girl's volleyball match. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Winchester libero Lauren Salvatore (3) hustles to make a great save in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at Melrose.
Get Varsity News in your inbox:
Your weekly look at the top high school sports stories.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

The Sachems (11-1) jumped out to an early lead, taking the first set 25-20. But, the Red Raiders (13-1) would not go quietly, pivoting and evening the match with a 25-18 second set win.

“As a good team does, they made adjustments,” Fleming said. “We knew we had to dig out the third set if we wanted to win.”

Winchester, MA: 10-11-17: Winchester players celebrate a first game point. Melrose visited Winchester in a high school girl's volleyball match. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
The No. 19 Sachems celebrate a winning point in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at No. 7 Melrose.

That’s exactly what the Sachems did, taking it 25-18. Melrose started the fourth with a strong 5-0 lead, but Fleming’s squad surged on the service of senior Julia Johnston, roaring back to take the set (25-22) and match.

Johnston posted 34 assists and 27 service points, while junior outside hitter Luna Colozzo added 22 kills.

Ethan Schroeder can be reached at ethan.schroeder@globe.com.