CHS Boys Volleyball Makes History With First Match
The Chelsea High boys volleyball team made history on Monday when the Red Devils took on Everett in the first-ever match for the CHS boys volleyball program.
Although the Red Devils came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision, CHS head coach Gabriel Morales was pleased with his team’s inaugural effort.
“The team started off slowly against Everett, losing the first two sets,” said Morales. “However, they definitely warmed up and took the next two sets fairly easily. The fifth set proved to be difficult, as it is only to 15 points, and if you lose momentum, the game can be over before you know it.
“My kids lost momentum and lost the fifth set,” added Morales. “But it was a solid effort with great highlights from Bryan Vicente who had an 11-serve run in the third set. Brandon Rodriguez was for sure the MVP, giving our team a solid foundation on both defense and offense.
“This is the first time Chelsea High School has ever had a boy’s team and I am very proud to have built the volleyball program to what it is now and look forward to it growing every year,” Morales added.
The first-ever boys team is led by a quartet of captains, Bryan Vicente, Younes Maizat, Brandon Rodriguez Pereira, and Jose Melendez Perez. Other members of the team are Nazareth (Nash) Aquino, Joao Cassim Leitao, Jonathan Gomez Chojolan, Xavier Gonzalez, Jayden Brady Jose, David Murillo, Greandoll Oliva Velasquez, Christian Ortiz, Sebastian Rendon, Yamil Rivera, Jason Rodrigues, and Darien Rodriguez.
Morales and his crew will be back in action at Medford on Monday and at Somerville next Wednesday.
CHS Softball Team Opens 2022 Season
The Chelsea High softball team opened its 2022 season this past week.
The Lady Red Devils hosted a pre-season jamboree on Saturday and earned victories over Lynn Tech (12-1) and O’Bryant (6-1).
“Both games were great team efforts, anchored by sisters Ariel (third base) and Alexis Rodriguez (first base),” said CHS head coach Gena Restiano.
Alexis R. went 3-for-4 at the plate with a big triple to seal the win against Tech
Although the Lady Red Devils dropped their season opener to Somerville on Monday, Chelsea pitcher Janeishelly Morales racked up 18 strikeouts. Senior catcher Kylie Lemerise turned in a fine job behind the plate.
“Janeishelly is a senior who is off to an incredible start and is looking into college softball,” said Restiano of Morales, who also is a straight A student and one of the officers of the National Honors Society at Chelsea High.
Restiano and her crew are scheduled to host New Mission High tomorrow (Friday). They will travel to Malden on Monday and to Revere next Wednesday.