Senior Danny Ho recorded nine kills to lead the 15th-ranked Latin Academy boys’ volleyball team to a 25-11, 25-9, 25-22 win over O’Bryant in the Boston City League championship Thursday at Madison Park High School.
Lok-Tin Lau directed the Dragons to the city crown in his first year as coach.
“There’s not too many opportunities where you get a chance to win any type of championship,” said Lau. “You’re lucky to even sometimes win playoff games because those things are pretty tough because you play good teams. So you get a chance to relish in the moment, be excited, be excited for these boys because they worked hard all season.”
Latin Academy (13-6, 4-1 BCC) fell behind 2-0 to start the first set, but thanks to strong serving led by senior Ryan Nguyen’s seven aces, the Dragons won the first two sets easily
“Something that I preach all season is just to be able to serve tough,” Lau said. “That’s how you start the game. Some coaches might say ‘make sure you get the ball in.’ For me it’s a chance to score, so why not take that opportunity?”
O’Bryant (7-11, 3-2 BCL) stayed within striking distance in the third set and held a 10-6 lead before the Dragons got four straight points to tie it. From there, the set featured seven more ties until Latin Academy broke a 21-21 deadlock to rally for the win.
Ho was also named the game’s MVP.
“We play aggressive,” Ho said. “We play like every game is the last game of our lives.”
Sophomore Kevin Xu had 22 assists for the Dragons and senior Will Nguyen had 16 digs.
Latin Academy plays one more match Friday at No. 14 Cambridge before awaiting its first MIAA state tournament opponent.
Belmont 4, Arlington 2 — Junior Mike Brown blasted a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning for the Marauders (10-6) in the Middlesex League win. Senior Tim Starr went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Belmont qualified for the tournament for the 17th straight year.
King Philip 5, Stoughton 3 — Senior David Morganelli struck out seven in five innings and also hads two hits and an RBI at the plate for the Warriors (7-11).
Lincoln-Sudbury 10, Natick 6 — Senior Connor Lachman (3 for 4) smashed two home runs and picked up five RBIs to power the 14th-ranked Warriors (16-3) past eighth-ranked Natick (12-3).
Masconomet 5, Pentucket 1 — Will Hunter tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and delivered three hits at the plate for the visiting Chieftains.
Mashpee 5, Upper Cape 4 — The Falcons (11-6) rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh for the win. Eighth grader Colton Colleran and junior Kyle Puchol each picked up one of their three hits in the rally.
Nauset 5, Falmouth 2 — Senior pitcher Stephen Kalinick struck out 11 and scattered six hits over seven innings for the Warriors (7-10).
Oliver Ames 12, Dighton-Rehoboth 0 — Jacob Levine and CJ Deveau each blasted a home run for the Tigers (4-12).
Scituate 2, Plymouth South 1 — Junior Matthew Scibilio struck out 14 in a two-hitter for the Sailors (9-6).
Hingham 12, Marshfield 6 — Playing the schedule it does, the Hingham boys’ lacrosse team is used to having to claw its way back from behind. Down a pair of goals in the second quarter, the third-ranked Harbormen (17-2) found themselves in that position once again on the road in Marshfield before senior Will Kenney flipped the script with four straight goals of his own, igniting a rally. We’re not always going to be in the lead, and that’s a good thing in a lot of ways, Hingham coach John Todd said. You have to play with adversity, you have to get through it. Kenney had five goals in all, including the tally which put Hingham ahead for good 2:49 into the second half at 5-4. Senior Brendan DiRamio had two goals in a losing effort for the Rams (13-3).
Bridgewater-Raynham 9, Walpole 7 — Johnny Lydstone had a hat trick for the Trojans (10-6).
Oliver Ames 16, Southeastern 5 — Shane Kilkelly had five goals and two assists and Frankie Ireland had a hat-trick to reach the 100-point mark in his career for the Tigers (14-4).
Weymouth 11, Milton 3 — Senior captain Dallas Marrocco (4 goals), junior midfielder Michael Intravaia (2 goals, 1 assist), and senior attack Ryan Stanley (1 goal, 4 assists) paved the way for the Wildcats (5-11).
Needham 16, Braintree 8 — Senior Maeve Barker notched six goals and sophomore Grace Kelley tallied three goals for the fourth-ranked Rockets (15-4).
Wellesley 16, Newton North 2 — Sophomore Lauren Burke and junior Bridget Noonan tallied three goals apiece for the Raiders (15-4).
Acton-Boxborough 12, Newton South 4 — Freshman Song Leav and sophomore Lucy Krinsky combined for the win in the circle, striking out nine for the Colonials (15-1). Junior Lauren Meinhold (3 for 4, 3 runs, double), senior Julie Macmillan (2 for 5, 3 RBIs, double), and sophomore Olivia Comolli (home run) led a balanced Colonials offense.
Arlington 10, Belmont 0 — Senior captain Kayla Mayo went 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs to lead the Spy Ponders (11-4).
Braintree 12, Milton 10 — Freshman Liana Sawyer (5 for 5, double, 4 RBIs) and sophomore Lily Adams (3 for 4, triple, 4 RBIs, 2 runs scored) led the way for the No. 11 Wamps (13-4).
Burlington 9, Melrose 0 — Christina Clark tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts for the Red Devils (12-3) and added a two-run home run to help her own cause.
Dennis-Yarmouth 8, Falmouth 3 — Abby Hicks struck out nine over seven innings for the Dolphins (12-3).
Dighton-Rehoboth 10, Fairhaven 8 — Senior Caitlin McCarthy (2 for 3, 3 RBIs) and sophomore Maddy Kane-Sylvia (2 for 4, 2 RBIs) led the Falcons (11-6, 9-2 SCC) in a South Coast Conference victory.
Foxborough 13, Ursuline 0 — Riley Martignetti had three hits and five RBIs for the Warriors (9-9).
Haverhill 16, Somerville 0 — Sophomore Sicily DiDomenico tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10. Junior Alyssa Wilson hit a triple and double and tallied three RBIs to propel the Hillies (8-8).
Natick 9, Lincoln-Sudbury 6 — Isabelle Poulack and Hannah Goldman both went 3 for 4 for the Redhawks (11-6).
North Attleborough 16, Oliver Ames 1 — Katie Daby crushed a grand slam for the Red Rocketeers (13-3).
Norton 3, Bellingham 0 — Senior Madison Correia was credited with all three RBIs as the Lancers (14-4, 14-1 Tri-Valley League) clinched the Tri-Valley League Small title. She hit a solo homer in the second inning and knocked a two-RBI single in the third to secure the win.
Plymouth South 19, Scituate 0 — Junior pitcher Emma Cicchetti struck out 10 in a five-inning effort for the Panthers (16-2).
Saugus 13, Swampscott 1 — Caitlyn Wood pitched seven innings and had six strikeouts while hitting 3 for 5 with five RBIs to help the Sachems (10-7) clinch a playoff berth.
Wilmington 3, Watertown 2 — Seventh grader Anuj Gandhi won at third singles 6-4, 6-0 as the Wildcats (6-11) prevailed.
Winthrop 5, Beverly 0 — The Vikings (12-3) tied the school record for wins in a season.
Fairhaven 3, Westport 2 — Sofia Beltran pulled out a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7) victory at third singles, and the visitors swept the doubles, with Caroline Lemieux and Olivia Maciel (6-3, 6-4) at No. 1 and Sarah DeSousa and Michelle Zhang (6-4, 6-2) at No. 2 for the Blue Devils (8-10).
Marblehead 3, Lynnfield 2 — Senior Michelle Shub took first singles 6-0, 6-1, junior Hannah Porath won second singles 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-1, and sophomore Jessie Munroe triumphed in third singles, 1-6, 7-6, (7-2), 7-5, as the Magicians (11-0) prevailed.
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