Article by Jeffrey Pickette; Photos by Justin Braga
After the Stoughton High volleyball team edged Oliver Ames in the first set of Friday's match in Stoughton, 25-21, the Tigers kept things close at the start of the second and third sets, but the Black Knights were able to pull away both times, winning in straight sets, 3-0, improving to 11-4 on the season.
Tied at 14 in the second set, Stoughton closed with an 11-1 run to win 25-15 and go up 2-0.
The third set was tied 7-7, but Stoughton used a 13-2 run to go up 20-9. Oliver Ames fought back with a 9-4 run, closing the gap to 24-18, but Stoughton was able to secure the match-winning point, taking what proved to be the decisive set 25-18.
Emma Zuk had 17 assists and 9 digs; Nicole Daniels had 11 kills and 7 blocks; Jalen Joseph held 10 service points and added 2 aces; Kayla Motley finished with 8 kills, 6 digs and 3 blocks; Gabby Medina had 14 digs; and Ashley Medeiros had 10 digs.
Entering the final week of the regular season, Stoughton has already qualified for postseason play and has the best regular season record in the program's five year history.
Stoughton will travel to Milford on Monday; travel to Canton on Wednesday; and host Randolph next Friday on senior night (6 p.m. match).