Girls’ volleyball defeats Brookline at annual senior night


Jacob Wu

Girls’ volleyball ended their season in style with a decisive 3-0 victory against Brookline Thursday, Oct. 27.

In addition to the critical match-up, this game was doubled as senior night, where the graduating seniors and their accomplishments were celebrated. “This program means a lot to me, so just getting to be surrounded by some of my favorite people, family, and coach Nile was really cool,” said senior Abigail Wright, a captain with junior Katelin Simmons.

The first set was an intense back-and-forth, but Brookline took a commanding 13-7 lead.

“I think we started off a little bit slow, just because of the high tension, stress, and anticipation for senior night.” said Wright.

At this point, North began to rally back through Wright and junior Chloe Lee, whose well-placed spikes swung momentum back North’s way. The Tigers ended a 6-0 run 13-13 before Brookline called a timeout.

The set resumed its back and forth nature, but sophomore Devon Burke served up an ace making the score 24-22. Brookline tried their best to fight with their backs against the wall, but North ultimately won the set 26-24 off another serve by Burke.

North started the second set hot, jumping to a 7-2 lead, forcing Brookline to call a timeout to talk things over. The timeout did not appear to do much as North extended their lead to 18-8 thanks to the efforts of Wrights’ outright dominance.

“Abigail had some really nice kills that game before we went on nice serving runs,” said Nile Fox, the head coach. “Our strategy was to just be aggressive, serve tough and keep Brookline out of system, because we knew if we did that our gameplan would go well.”

North’s entire offense is run through Wright. Almost every point for North ended with a pass to the top left corner setting her up with great positioning for a spike to Brookline’s back corner. Just this play design had around a 70% success rate, which is part of the reason why she is one of the top players in the state. North ended the second set winning 25-11 off another well placed spike by Wright.

The third set was much of the same for the Tigers. North showed strong team chemistry, and the team’s selflessness helped them start the set with a  9-2 lead. The never-ending attack from North did not stop, and Brookline’s coach had to call yet another timeout after a spike from Wright that extended the lead to 14-4.

Even when Wright was subbed out, North’s strong young core showed up and continued to extend the lead against a seemingly demoralized Brookline team. After another 7-point run making the score 23-6 in favor of the Tigers, Brookline finally scored. North still won the third set 25-9, completing their clean sweep.

North, 12-1, will begin their playoff run next week, and they hope their success from the regular season will translate into the postseason.

“Obviously we knew that we wanted to win that game going into playoffs just to solidify our place in the seating to start the playoffs strong, and end the regular season strong,” said Wright.