Friday, October 20, 2017


Melrose has celebrated many excellent players and teams. Too often we want comparisons with this or that team, this or that student-athlete. Comparisons don't inform your narrative. 

Ask better questions? What attention, commitment, discipline, effort, engagement, preparation, and sacrifice define you? Do you trust the process and your teammates? 

Never let 'the noise' interfere with your process and your actions today. Noise comes in many voices; hear the worthy voices of your coaches and communicate 'early, loud, and often' on the court. 

Singers share their poetic wisdom. In The Gambler, Kenny Rogers reminds us,

You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done.

Savor the ride. Don't allow comparisons to rob your joy. 

Senior Night

Photographs courtesy of Steve Karampalas. Click images to enlarge. 

Congratulations to the seniors, their families, and Melrose Volleyball 2017. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Game 18: Melrose 3 Watertown 0

Melrose hosted Watertown for a 25-3, 25-9, 25-12 victory. The Lady Raiders are now 17-1. 

Watertown Today

This was initially scheduled as Senior Night...but I'm not sure. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Just for Serious Players (But Aren't We All?)

Here's a quick very quick slide presentation for players.  Do you want to be your best? 

Just BE.

Our minds will wander. Anchor on your breathing. 

We can transform ourselves into our better version. 

Start today at


"We have one agenda: Excellence." - UNC Women's Soccer Sign

Athletes bring baggage, good and bad. Make your agenda a positive one. Cross-posted from my basketball and leadership site. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Game 17: All Hands on Deck, Melrose 3 Stoneham 0

Melrose traveled to Stoneham and emerged with a straight set victory, 25-11, 25-12, and 25-9. It got sloppy late. Everyone saw action and contributed to the win. The win moves Melrose to 16-1 on the season. 

Senior captains dominated the early action with Lily Fitzgerald conducting, Saoirse Connolly and Lydia Lombardo attacking, and Jill Mercer anchoring the defense. Before the match, Coach Scott Celli praised Jill for her positioning and concentration. The defense of Nicole Abbott and Mary Kate Mahoney played flawlessly, abetted by rotating defenders Erin Torpey and Lydia. 

Freshman Emily Hudson and sophomore Grace Davis both continue to grow at the opposite hitter position as the coaches sort out the rotation. 

Stoneham hung around during the second set, but when Melrose needed treatment at 13-9, they went to "the ER" (Emma Randolph) who stitched up the offense. 

The third set saw predominantly freshmen and sophomores ply their trade as a preview to future versions of Melrose volleyball. At times Melrose had both Emily Hudson and Sam Dewey up front, with Sam contributing a thunderous block. Sophomores Marie Maher and Claire Albuja looked solid on defense and outside hitter, and Kiki Kiernan served well and showed ability on defense. For most of the final frame, Melrose had two frosh and four sophomores on the court. 

Remaining regular season schedule:

ML Scores:

Away Today at Stoneham

Melrose travels down the street to Stoneham today. 

Melrose sits at 4 in the Division 2 Rankings. Winchester is in Division 1. Arlington Catholic moves up with a win over Winchester and Hamilton-Wenham drops from undefeated (the Boston Globe jinx?).

Saoirse and Emma both rank in the top 25 in kills. 

Lily remains in the top 15 in assists. 

Melrose - Bishop Fenwick Snaps

Images courtesy of Steve Karampalas. Click to enlarge.