Hudson volleyball fights until the end against Ipswich


Hudson volleyball fights until the end against Ipswich
Hudson volleyball team’s Lauren Shurling jumps to spike the ball in the team’s semi-final game against Ipswich. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

TEWKSBURY – The Hudson High School volleyball team fell in the MIAA Division 4 semi-finals against Ipswich on Nov. 14 3-1.

After Ipswich took the first and second sets 25-15 and 25-22 respectively, the Hawks rallied in the third and beat the Tigers 25-23. Ultimately, Ipswich took the fourth set 25-22, clinching their win.

“I told my girls before the game started that win or lose, it doesn’t matter – that we’ve had a successful season,” said Hudson Head Coach Bobbi-Jo Trodella.

The team made program history by being the first team to make the semi-finals.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been here in final four,” Trodella said.

She said she believed nerves got the best of the players a bit in the beginning of the game.

“By the time they settled in, it might have been a little too late,” Trodella said. “But, honestly, they’ve had a great season. As a coach, you can’t ask for anything more than that. They played with heart. They gave drive. They gave it their all today. They’ve had a good game. As a coach, that’s all you ask for, and I hope they had fun.”

Hudson will graduate five seniors from the program – Addison Murphy, Gillian Woodcome, Kelsie Figueriedo, Lauren Shurling and Allyson Cassidy.

Shurling, who is a captain, is an MVP for the league and was placed on the all-state team.

“I’m going to miss her. She’s tremendous on the court, off the court. She’s a great leader,” Trodella said. “All my seniors are. I’m going to miss them all.”

Ipswich will now move onto the state finals against the No. 2 seed Bellingham. The teams will face off at Worcester State on Nov. 18.

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