Athletics Update: Volleyball Making Noise In Inaugural Season

John O’Neill, director of athletics
October 6, 2023

If you listen closely you can hear the chatter in the middle school volleyball community about the new team from Belmont Day. In their first interscholastic season, Belmont Day opened their campaign with a pair of wins against BB&N and Shady Hill, and took a talented Southfield team to three sets this week, eventually losing 15-13 in the final frame. As a result of the early season success, Coach Brittany Ryan has turned up the dial in practice and players have responded. One such response came from sixth grader Annika Cash who learned to play libero in one week. She had a handful of amazing digs against Southfield and “lived on the floor” as most liberos do. Joining Annika in the standout column this week was Penelope Bern and William Li. Penelope had great success from the service line and back row, while William had several strong winners and communicated well on the court. The team will look to build on their 2-1 record next Thursday at home against Beaver.

  • A program-record 10 runners PR’ed during the cross country team’s commanding win over Pike, keeping their record perfect at 3-0. Vatche Balikan, Jonathan Laipson, and Eva Peregudov all dropped nearly a minute off of their previous bests.
  • The field hockey team trekked to Shore this week and came out on the wrong side of a tough matchup. Siri Paulsson and Olivia Garrity provided the offense, while Liv Dawson and Cordie Goldstyn held down the defensive unit.
  • The JV football team received a pair of touchdowns from Evan Bae during their season-opening loss at Fessenden. Team captains Wyatt Baker and Jack Ward leaned on their experience to keep the team settled during game one.
  • Yaseen Saeed caught the game-winning touchdown with six seconds remaining to lift varsity football over Fenn, 51-48. Jun Murakami and Rami Flummerfelt each tallied a pair of scores in a game where defense was nowhere to be found.
  • The girls’ JV soccer team received strong defensive performances from Genevieve von Rekowsky, Maraki Shiferaw, and Pippa Ellner during their season-opening loss to Shady Hill. Reema Wulfsberg provided a spark offensively.
  • Graham Chisholm buried a pair of second-half goals to lift boys’ JV soccer over Cambridge Friends School, 2-1. The team received strong goaltending from Clark Rutherford and spirited offensive play from James Shields and Aman Singleton.
  • The varsity soccer teams were swept by Pike this week in a pair of frustrating performances. Adam Ahmed and Louis Cantor were active in net for the boys’ team, while Julia Popa. Isadora Eiref, and Eleanor Stine all popped for the girls’ squad.

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

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