Concord vs. HB: Volleyball Rematch


The team huddles during a time out as they strategize for their comeback. “We worked really hard on keeping our nerves to a minimum,” said Sammie Sheppard ‘20.

Mary Martin, Staff Writer

The girls varsity volleyball team played Concord High School at home in an intense match Wednesday, September 25. Hollis Brookline swept the match 3-0, once again proving their strength as a team.

In the first set, the score was very close at 25-22, keeping spectators on their toes. Hollis Brookline crushed Concord in set two with a score of 25-15. In the third set, Concord was in the lead, but HB came back for the win at 25-14. Sammie Sheppard ‘20, the team’s libero, had ten digs during the match while the team’s right side, Elizabeth Atkinson ‘19, had seven kills.

Both teams had lost a significant number of seniors from last year’s team, but they dealt with these losses differently. Mia Harmon ‘19 of Concord High School said, “We lost five [seniors], and they were like a power team together.” She went on to say that this loss has affected the dynamic of the team. In contrast, Hollis Brookline appears to be adjusting well to the new team, not letting the absence of eight graduates impact their performance. Coach Balfour, who has coached the team to championship wins the past two years, points out that “it’s never the same team every year.” Sheppard, who played on last year’s championship-winning, team responded, “I think we were able to move past [the loss of seniors]; we lost a lot of good people, but we had a lot of good people come in, too, and…we gelled as a team early on and were able to work together well.”

Hollis Brookline’s record stands at 11-0 as they head into their last games of the regular season. They are the only remaining undefeated team in the division.