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Brookline Trio Powers Warriors to Win over Milton

Jamie Francona returned to provide a spark to the Warriors in their second straight victory.

The Brookline girls volleyball served Milton a 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-14) defeat in a battle between Bay State Conference foes Monday at Milton High School.

The Warriors (2-0) got a balanced attack and showed off their depth as Maya Midzik — who played in the first and last games — had 10 kills and three aces. Jamie Francona dished out 19 assists and 10 digs, while Ali Brailey recorded a team-high 11 kills.

Milton (0-1) got six kills from Samatha Curley, who missed the last half of her junior season with a shoulder injury, and 10 assists from senior captain Ellie Taber. Katie Krauss made her return to the Wildcats lineup after a knee injury kept her out last season.

Brookline showed off early that it could be the class of the Bay State Conference this season. Francona, Midzik and Brailey had their stamp all over a 25-10 victory to grab a one-game lead. The Warriors snagged the lead at 2-1 on an ace by Midzik and rolled home to the first game.

Midzik put away a powerful kill for the game-clinching point when Francona went to the floor for a tough dig, Brailey tapped it up and Midzik powered through the ball to the floor of the Wildcats.

“(Brailey) had huge game today and she got a lot of experience last year (due to injuries,” said Warriors head coach Mike Frank. “This year Jamie and Maya and all the other complementing players is a wonderful thing.”

Milton did not go quietly in the second game after it looked like Brookline would roll to another victory. After a timeout when trailing 16-8, the Wildcats tightened up defensively and worked their way back to as close as 24-20 with Kitty Sargent delivering a couple of winners in the run.

“We just basically talked about playing our game,” said Wildcats head coach Robin Lee.

Lee’s bunch had a couple hiccups with some poor serves down the stretch, but with a group that is getting healthier and getting players back into the fold.

Midzik returned for the final game and she helped return the power to the Warriors offense with a 25-14 victory to seal the match. 

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