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Twenty-Win Volleyball Season Ends in Districts

The season came to an end for the Milford High School boys' volleyball team after a five-set thriller against Natick in the district tournament, but Scarlet Hawks' head coach Andrew Mainini was pleased with the way his team was able to battle a tough opponent that had gotten the better of his squad during the regular season.
"We were uncomfortable with the way we played out on the court when we played Natick the first time," Mainini said. "We thought they outplayed us in terms of heart and intensity, which is something that is had to take. But in the playoff match, not only did we improve, but they were not the team that wanted it more."
Down two sets to one, MHS rallied to win the fourth set and force a fifth and deciding game. Milford took an 11-10 lead before a strong series of serves led Natick to five straight points and the victory in front of a packed crowd in a sweltering MHS gym.
The Scarlet Hawks finished the year 20-4 overall and ran the table in their new league, going a perfect 12-0.
Milford earned a pair of tournament wins, knocking Keefe Tech and St. John's of Shrewsbury out of the playoffs in sweeps.
Several players stood out for the veteran laden MHS squad.
Senior co-captain Joao Boaventura was a consistent leader on the court for the Hawks, Mainini said, putting down kills even in lopsided matches. Tiago Filadelfo, a senior right side hitter, also improved tremendously through the season.
"He really grew immensely," his coach said. "He was a key weapon for us in our matches against St. John's and Natick. His focus and growth through the course of the season was huge."
Another captain, libero Tiago Carvalho, proved to be a strong defensive and service presence. Mainini also noted how much
of the load was shouldered by senior setter Josh Orellana, who became the team's sole setter after working in a two-setter system previously.
"In the second half of the season, multiple coaches commented on his athleticism and how he ran the court," Mainini said. "I think he was one of the top setters in the state. I don't think we compete as well in the tournament if he isn't out there really keeping our team together."
While acknowledging the team wanted to advance past that round in the district tournament, Mainini had few complaints with the 20-win campaign. "The season was a big success," he said.




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