The MIAA high school tournament kicked off Wednesday with preliminary round volleyball action.
Team No. 29 Whitman-Hanson girls volleyball beat No. 36 Grafton, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19) in Div. 2 action. The Panthers (11-10) advance to play at No. 4 Dartmouth (17-3) on Friday at 5:00 PM in the first round.
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Senior captain Caitlin Leahy led the way with 10 kills, while fellow captain Gracey Gorman tallied nine. Sophomore Caroline Gray had 24 assists and Bailey Kelly finished with three blocks.
The win is believed to be WH volleyball’s first state tournament win.
In other high school tournament action on Wednesday:
Stoughton 3, Holyoke 1: 27 Black Knights will play at No. 6 Melrose on Friday at 6.30pm in a Div. 2 games of the first round.
Westfield 3, Scituate 0: Sailors no. 33 (10-11) lost in preliminary round of Div. 2.
Notre Dame Academy 3, Ludlow 1: 31 Cougars (9-12) advance to play at No. 2 King Philip on Friday at 5pm in the first round of Div. 2.
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Holbrook 3, Springfield International 0: The Bulldogs no. 34 will play in No. 2 Hopedale in Div. 5 first round on Friday at 18.00
Pembroke 3, Saint Paul 0: Titans no. 27 (5-16) won the sweep (25-14, 25-15, 25-15) to advance to the Div. 3 rounds. Pembroke will play at No. 6 Ashland for a first-round game Friday at 6 p.m.
FOOTBALL FOR GIRLS
Norfolk Aggie 3, Blue Hills 2 (OT): The Warriors (13-1-4) lost their first game of the season, falling to the Norfolk Aggies in the MVADA tournament final. Sophomore Kathleen Murphy and senior Emily Lehane scored for Blue Hills in the loss.