Brookline Volleyball Takes Loss and Big Hit
Setter injured as Warriors fall to Braintree 3-0 on Thursday.
The Brookline girls' volleyball team took a 3-0 (14-25, 9-25, 21-25) loss to Braintree on Thursday night as it was hit again by the injury bug.
In the first game, senior captain and setter Jamie Francona went down with a right knee injury—the same knee she had an ACL tear in last season—which completely took the Warriors out of the game and ultimately out of the match.
Francona isn't the only setter to go down with an injury this season. Katie Shreffler also suffered an injury which could halt most of her season.
"We came into the season with two returning setters and now we have zero," said head coach Mike Frank. "That's kind of tough."
With Francona in there, the Warriors were evenly matched up against a solid Braintree squad. The first game featured five ties, before Braintree started to pull away. Francona went out with the score at 22-14, which was also in the midst of an eight unanswered point streak by Braintree.
"We got a little flustered and we stopped executing volleyball skills," Frank said. "That really is what cost us."
Braintree dominated the second game with a 25-9 win. The Wamps showcased powerful defense up the middle with captain Ann Donahue causing all sorts of havoc for the Warriors' big hitters, including high-flyer Maya Midzik. Brookline watched the Wamps end the second game with nine straight unanswered points, which nearly mirrored the first.
The Warriors showed a lot of fight in the last set, but ultimately fell short, 21-25. Midzik tried single-handedly to rally her team with back-to-back-to-back jump serve aces, but some late mental mistakes allowed Braintree to take home the victory.
"When you see one of your captains go down its like 'Uh oh what do we do now?'" said Frank. "It took them a game or two and in the third game they thought 'wait I can still do this.' We'll be alright."
Brookline is now 3-2 on the season as it goes into Friday's game against Cambridge Rindge & Latin at home.
"We go out and we execute good volleyball skills," said Frank. "I've got talented girls on this team. It's not one girl, it's not two girls, but we got all of these other girls."