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MHS Volleyball Caught Teams by Surprise in 2014

Milford High volleyball coach Linda Zacchilli has not played the role of the underdog often in a Hall of Fame coaching career that has seen far more victory than defeat. 2014 was different, however, after losing seven seniors from a state finalist team last spring. Milford had just two players with significant varsity experience, but still earned a spot in the sectional tournament and established itself as one of the premiere teams in the state.
"Nobody expected us to be in the mix," she said. "When Medfield came to play us in the tournament, one of their players tweeted that they were going to sweep us and that our year was last year. That was the attitude of a lot of people and I think we were much stronger than anyone expected." Milford swept Medfield 3-0 in the first round of the sectional tournament before falling to Millis 3-2 in the second round. "That's why I tell my players to stay off social media during the season," Zacchilli added with a chuckle.
Senior middle hitter Michael Antonellis and junior outside hitter Erik Vega were the only two returning players from last year's squad. Antonellis lead the team with 429 kills, 61 aces, 94 total blocks, and 223 digs. "Mike was our go to guy, I have not seen a kid better than him in Central Mass, his stats are just incredible," Zacchilli said. "He is one of the top players in the state and it was great having him."
Vega was also one of the most consistent performers for the Hawks. He was second on the team in kills and digs and third in aces. Among the newcomers to the varsity floor, junior setter Stevan Luna had the biggest shoes to fill and also made perhaps the biggest impact. Stepping in for the graduated Tim McManus, Luna had more than 700 assists and finished second on the team in aces with 60. "Luna did a phenomenal job setting for us, he was unbelievable," Zacchilli said. "I don't think I have ever had a player work as hard as he does on skills and conditioning."
A number of other new varsity players made significant impacts. 6'7" senior Issac Kazeera earned more playing time as the season went on, and notched seven kills in a win over Wachuset. When Antonellis moved to outside hitter in the postseason, Kazeera took his place in the middle and had several big blocks that sent the crowd into frenzies for the fan favorite.
A core of five juniors, David Abrego, Curvus Rabess, Lucas Bentes, Earl Bassett, and Devin LeMote were all regulars for the successful team in their first varsity season and will be back next year.
"Losing Michael is a big, big loss, but there is a lot of potential with our junior varsity team as well as the other starters, who were all juniors," Zacchilli said. "We will not have a lot of size but I think the kids will continue to play out of season and work hard.
"If you told me a year ago we would be as strong as we were given all the players we lost last year, I am not sure I would have believed you," she said. "But once I saw how hard these kids work in the off-season, I knew we would be in the mix, and we were."




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