MHS volleyball begins season with two wins

The Marblehead High volleyball team couldn’t ask for a better start to the season. On back-to-back days, coach Killeen Miller’s squad came away with two victories, first defeating Beverly on Sept. 5, 25-19, 25-13, 25-15. They then took down Saugus, 25-9, 25-23, 25-19.

Remington Tilkens had 12 digs to help lead her teammates to victory against the Panthers. Mari

Modryznska also contributed to the win with eight kills. Sammy Walker was credited with five kills. Setter Eva Burke finished up with 16 assists.

Walker led the offense against Saugus with seven kills. Tilkens chipped in with seven digs, while Burke collected 16 more assists.

Megan Parkman, Maddie Cole and Tilkens are the 2023 captains. The Magicians were 15-4 in 2022, losing in the first round of the state tournament. There are 14 on the current roster that include three freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and four seniors.

“We have a really well-rounded team this year with a lot of kids who can adapt to various positions,” said Miller. “We graduated nine off last year’s roster, so we’re really working on establishing strong systems, expectations and standards that will carry us through the season.

“Our new varsity players are getting stronger with every touch, and have an awesome work ethic,” added Miller. “Our returnees are taking on new roles this season and are leading by example. We picked up a really competitive schedule outside of our NEC (Northeastern Conference) matches that will really challenge us to step up to new levels. But I’m really excited for what this season might bring.”

The Marblehead coach expects Danvers, Masco and Peabody to be serious contenders for the conference title, along with her own club.

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