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MCLA Women's Tennis Pick Up First Win
08:31PM / Saturday, September 07, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's tennis team earned its first win of the 2019 season with a hard fought 5-4 win over the visiting Thomas Terriers on Saturday.
 
MCLA (1-2, 1-0 North Atlantic Conference) took two of the three doubles matches to get off to a good start. Briana Higgins and Mackenna Jordan earned a point in the top doubles slot while Alyssa Keegan and Jessica Dupont also collected one for an early lead.
 
Thomas' Makayla Guerette and Abigail Stevens earned the doubles point for the Terriers (0-4, 0-1).
 
In singles play, Keegan put another point on the board with a straight set win for MCLA while Guerette answered in the sixth slot for Thomas making it 3-2 in favor of MCLA.
 
Jordan would collected her second point of the day and McKenna Clark defeated Cassidy Hamm, MCLA had the victory in hand.
 
Thomas collected the final two points as Alexis Nestor and Magan Williams won in the top two singles slots.
 
MCLA is back in action Sunday at 10 a.m. when they host Husson at the Joseph Zavattaro Athletic Complex.
 
Women's Volleyball
NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- The MCLA volleyball team held off Norwich in the opening two sets and then pulled away in the third to earn a 3-0 victory over the Cadets.
 
The win was the second straight for the Trailblazers. The Trailblazers then completed the sweep by easily defeating Dean College by an identical 3-0 score.
 
MCLA is now 3-3 after collecting their third straight victory.
 
Reagan Scattergood had a nice game against Norwich, finishing with 10 kills on just 17 attacks. Teammate Kelly Moczulski matched her with 10 kills and added eight digs in the win.  Tessa Sestito set up the offense to the tune of 25 assists in the win.
 
MCLA served the ball very well notching 16 aces on the day. Scattergood had five while Moczulski added four.
 
The Trailblazers rolled over the Dean Bulldogs in game two. They took the sets by scores of 25-12, 25-14, and 25-12.
 
Wahconah graduate Laiken Cornwell-L'Hote collected a match best seven kills in the win.  Scattergood continued her strong play with 7 more kills of her own. Sestito was strong again setting the attackers up with 27 assists. Houa Xiong ended with a team best 10 digs to pace the defense.
 
The Trailblazers are back in action on Thursday when they host Bay Path at 6 p.m.
 
Women's Soccer
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Russell Sage's Lydia Malkiewicz scored the games only goal in the 52nd minute to lift the Gators to a 1-0 victory over the MCLA Trailblazers this evening in non league action.
 
Sage improves to 3-1 on the season while MCLA is still in search of their first win as they're 0-3.
 
The opening half of play saw Sage pepper MCLA keeper Megan Richardson with shots as the hosts held a commanding 18-1 advantage over the first 45 minutes, however the game remained scoreless.
 
In the second half, Sage finally broke through in the 52nd minute. Malkiewicz would loft a high shot into the left corner for her third goal of the season and give Sage a 1-0 lead.  MCLA got a few shots off early in the half, but were shut down for the remainder of the contest.
 
Over the final 30 minutes of play, MCLA managed just one shot.
 
Sage's Kallan Shertzer notched the shutout victory as she made four stops in net.
 
The Gators ended with a 30-4 edge in shots and an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks.
 
Hoosac Valley graduate Richardson collected 14 saves in defeat.
 
The Trailblazers host Castleton on Wednesday evening at Shewcraft Field.
 
Men's Soccer
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Visiting Western Connecticut State got a pair of goals from Matthew Restrepo and the Colonials held off the MCLA Trailblazers, 4-2, afternoon in the final game of the Kickoff Classic.
 
The Colonials (3-1) didn't waste much time in getting on the scoreboard as Matthew Restrepo converted in the fifth minute of play for an early 1-0 lead. The visitors extended the margin in the 12th minute ono Franz Muhaj's marker, his fourth of the season, to increase the lead to 2-0.
 
WConn went into halftime with a 3-0 advantage as Joseph Fortuna added another goal for the visitors in the 34th minute.
 
The Trailblazers (0-3) finally got on the scoreboard on Rafael Castro's first collegiate goal off a free kick in the 71st minute of play. His marker cut the deficit to 4-1. 
 
MCLA kept the pressure up and tallied again, this time in 73rd minute. Ryan Wanek headed a ball toward the net that was blocked, but the rebound came directly to Christian Boada and he easily converted to cut the lead to just 4-2, still with 17 minutes remaining to play. The Trailblazers could not get any closer however.
 
Daniel Szabo earned the win for the Colonials while Mount Greylock graduate Sam Edge (four saves) absorbed the loss.
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