The Belmont High School Volleyball team is seemingly on cruise control heading into the Div. 2 North sectional tournament with a school record 14 win season (14-4), playing some of its best games in the past few weeks with the squad currently on an 8-1 streak.
But the girls’ have circled Friday, Oct. 24 on their team’s calendar.
“Lexington, home, 4 p.m.”
“This is The game before the playoffs,” said Belmont Head Coach Jen Couture after her squad defeated visiting Winchester High in straight sets; 25-16, 25-9, 25-7, on Seniors Night, Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Wenner Field House.
Led by junior outside hitter Kabita Das, senior middle forward Rosy Fitzgerald and senior libero Sam Nelson, Belmont had its way with the Sachems, running off points multiple times with set spikes, block winners and strong serving.
So it’s on to Lexington this Friday, one of only three teams to best Belmont this season – powerhouse Melrose and Bedford twice are the others. The Marauders lost in four sets at Lexington on Sept. 30 with Belmont always close to winning but could never complete the comebacks.
A win at Wenner would result in Belmont and Lexington being co-league champions and the Marauders securing a good seed in the sectionals, possibly as high as sixth.
“It’s a big game,” Couture said.
But she said the team will first have to play the game before start thinking of their position in the playoffs.
“We have to prepare to dig a lot harder hits than today because [the Minutemen] are the hardest hitting team we are going to see before the tournament,” said Couture.
“If we dig better than last time, we have become much better with our placement shots and we could give them a lot more competition this time around,” she said.