Melrose High’s girls’ volleyball team remained perfect this season, handing Arlington Catholic its first loss of the season Wednesday in convincing fashion.
The Division 2 state runner-up Red Raiders sputtered early in the first two games but tightened their defense to take command and win, 25-22, 25-23, 25-17, to improve to 8-0 this season.
“The scores were pretty tight and in each of the games we fell behind early,’’ Melrose coach Scott Celli said. “But once we got the lead in each game we never lost it.
“Arlington Catholic [7-1)]is a very dominant. They made us work and they got kills but we were able to withstand any pressure every time they started to make a run.”
Early in the first game, the Red Raiders were down, 4-0, but they found life after senior middle hitter Sarah McGowan took command of the offense. The 5-foot-10-inch Division 2 All-State middle hitter drilled seven kills and powered a Melrose front-row attack that grinded through a competitive first game.
“We didn’t panic. AC had a nice home crowd and they were undefeated in their own gym,” Celli said. “But we pretty much got ourselves back in a comfort zone and held our own.”
Senior setter Brooke Bell helped guide the Raiders’ offense in games two and three and finished with 28 assists. Meanwhile, junior Jill MacInnes played a key role on defense in the third game for Melrose.
“Defense has been our strength all year, both front row and back row, and when our offense runs we are a tough team to stop,” Celli said. “We preach defense in practice and we work on it more than anything.”
Marshfield 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 — Mikaela Cataldo had 15 kills and Marissa Lasalle added 21 assists for the Rams.
Quincy 3, Brockton 2 — The Presidents combined for 85 digs.
Bishop Fenwick 3, Austin Prep 0 — Junior captains Gianna Pizzano and Kate Lipka combined for 19 kills in the straight-set victory.
Revere 3, Somerville 0 — Junior Natalie Colon-Martins led the Patriots with a team-high 15 kills.
Dorchester 7, Snowden 2 — Junior forward Warren Exceus scored four goals for the Bears.
Somerville 5, Dracut 0 — Junior forward Thayrone Miranda led the Highlanders with three goals and an assist.
Seekonk 2, Case 0 — James Eline scored twice for the visiting Warriors.
Saugus 2, Gloucester 1— Senior Dom DiPesa assisted both Sachems goals, first to junior Nick Dessalines and then to junior Andre Ipojuca.
Lowell Catholic 6, Pope John 1— Sophomore midfielder Andrew Pereira had two goals and an assist to lead the Fighting Crusaders (4-0-3).
St. Mary’s 4, Arlington Catholic 0 — Senior forward Alexander Alleyne had two goals and one assist for the Lions.
Malden Catholic 1, Xaverian 0 — Freshman midfielder Guiseppe Limoli scored in the 21st minute, his first high school goal, to lift the Lancers.
BC High 7, Catholic Memorial 1 — The Eagles got goals from seven players to improve to 5-1 this season.
North Quincy 8, Latin Academy 0 — Seniors Shannan McCleary and Danielle Paschall scored two goals apiece for the Red Raiders (6-2-1).
Archbishop Williams 3, Matignon 0 — Forward Meg Kiley scored two goals and midfielder Jackie Grasso added one to lift the Bishops.
Arlington Catholic 1, St. Mary’s 1 — Junior striker Jennie Mucciarone scored the tying goal with less than one minute left in the game for the Lions.
Lowell Catholic 6, Pope John 0 — Junior goalkeeper Courtney Lanier posted her third shutout of the season for the Fighting Crusaders (7-1).
Ursuline 1, Foxborough 1 — Freshman midfielder Catherine Marquez scored in the Highlanders’ win.
Stoneham 4, Woburn 0 — Senior Amanda Mohammadi scored three goals for the Spartans (4-4).
Salem 4, Lynn Classical 2 — Nicole Sadoway and Joy Lima scored goals three minutes apart in the first half to give Salem a lead it never relinquished.
Cardinal Spellman 1, Bishop Fenwick 0 — Sophomore Brianna Steeves scored four minutes into the game for the undefeated Cardinals (7-0).
Sandwich 9, Plymouth South 1 — Sophomore left wing Nicole Martin had two goals and two assists in the runaway victory.
Apponequet 7, Fairhaven 0 — Olivia Pink scored a hat trick and Cara Storms added two goals for the Lakers.