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Milford Volleyball Wins Sectional Title

Hall of Fame coach Linda Zacchilli has seen just about everything in her time leading the boys' and girls' volleyball programs at Milford High, but she had not seen a sectional title until the Scarlet Hawks swept Lincoln-Sudbury in the finals Monday night.
"This is a sweet victory," said Zacchilli. "And it's even nicer that it came against a strong team that has eliminated us in the past."
Until the mid-90s, boys' volleyball teams had always been lumped into one state tournament pool, but since the state was broken up into sections, no MHS team had ever won the title, but that all changed Monday. The 21-0 Scarlet Hawks were able to jump out in front with a hard-fought 26-24 win in the first game. "That was an important game, we wanted to get out of the gate quickly and we did," said Zacchilli.
Milford took an early lead in the second game and didn't look back, winning it 25-21. By the third game, the Scarlet Hawks had taken control and cruised to a 25-16 victory and a spot in the state's final four.
Kane Wittorff and Alex Wasik lead the Milford attack, as they have for much of the season. Wittorff finished with 11 kills and four aces while Wasik chipped in 10 kills and six blocks. "It's hard to defend both of them when they are playing well," said Zacchilli. "Alex has been playing well so they shadowed him and allowed Kane to hit against a single blocker."
Michael Soares added four kills and two blocks, and Dan Seaver finished with four blocks and four service points. Anthony Lombardo and Sean Varney each had a block and contributed to the balanced attack. Kevin Marshall anchored the defense as the libiro. "Kevin had a phenomenal match on the back row," said Zacchilli. "He did a great job passing the entire match, it was one of his best performances on the season."
As he has all year, junior setter Tim McManus quarterbacked the offense, finishing with 30 assists and adding five kills, including the game one winner. "He played so smart and set a great match for us," said Zacchilli of McManus. "He followed the game plan perfectly. I told him where to put the ball and that's exactly where he put it all night long."
Milford moves onto the state semi-finals and a date with Newton North. Despite the perfect record and final four appearance, Zacchilli doesn't think her team has hit its peak.
"We have played well and played consistently, but I still don't think we have hit our best match in the tournament," she said. "What separates this team from some of the other great teams I have coached is their effort. I've had teams I felt could have gone further in the tournament, but just because you're a good team doesn't mean you're going to get the job done. These guys give 100 percent every day in practice and are disciplined and focused, more so than any team I have ever coached."




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