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Newton North rallies past Andover, wins state volleyball title in 5 games

FITCHBURG — For awhile last night, about 60 miles away from home, it appears the Andover High girls volleyball team was going to shock the state's volleyball hierarchy.

They won the first game, easily, over Newton North, 25-12. It took a two games to one lead after an exciting 25-20 win in Game 3. And then, in Game 4, Andover jumped ahead 7-2 in the potential clincher.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/17/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Big Blue succumbs

 

The Phillips Academy volleyball team took No. 1 Choate to a fifth game before falling in the Class A semifinals Saturday. Alex Becker and Fran Trautmann had 12 kills apiece for the Big Blue. With the win, Choate coach Dave Loeb won his 400th match.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/15/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover clinches first trip to volleyball final since 2005 with dominant victory

TEWKSBURY — For three years, Azita Bakhtyari dreamed of playing in the state championship game, only to finish just short of her goal.

On Thursday night, Bakhtyari and her Andover High teammates made the fantasy a reality, and did so in decisive fashion.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Slow start, strong finish

 

The Phillips Academy volleyball team started slowly, dropping the first game to Milton Academy in the Class A quarterfinals, but won the nexrt three to advance to Saturday's semifinals against Choate. Alex Becker had 13 kills and 18 service points for the Big Blue.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/12/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover takes rubber match with rival Knights, wins North title again

TEWKSBURY – The worst-kept secret in Division 1 North volleyball?

 

North Andover High's stock continues to rise.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/09/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jaguars win first volleyball title

DERRY — Windham's second chance at a state title proved straight-set easy.

One year after dropping the Division II championship tilt to Coe-Brown, the unbeaten and top-seeded Jaguars made light work of second-seeded Milford last night at Pinkerton Academy. It was the third time this season Windham toppled the division's second-best team.

The victory capped a dominating season for the Jags, who were taken to five games only once this year and posted 12 shutouts among their 20 victories. Windham dropped two games to Milford while winning two regular-season games.

"I saw (we had a title contender) as soon as the girls walked into the gym at the beginning of the season," Windham coach Jill Bartlett said. "I knew it was possible because we had a lot of talent. When you project your depth chart, I wrote four deep at every position when I started. It was just a matter of getting the girls to play into their roles."

After breezing to three tournament wins, dropping only one game — to Coe-Brown in the semis, last night proved to be more difficult as Milford (16-3) put up game totals of 20, 24 and 21 points.

The Jaguars fought off the Spartans for a hard-fought, first-set victory that featured 10 ties and three lead changes. Windham didn't help its cause with 10 unforced errors that helped Milford open a 13-12 lead.

But holding a 21-19 lead, Katie Farrell's serve led to an ace and baffled the Spartans into two unforced errors on returns as Windham closed the set strong.

Milford rebounded to take an early seven-point lead in Game 2, but the veteran Jags battled back to eventually tie at 24 before taking its first lead of the game on the ensuing point.

"They have done that frequently during the season," Bartlett said. "They kind of lose their composure, and I think they use it as a motivational force. They responded very well tonight."

Windham used a 12-1 run to take a 16-11 lead in the third game, but once again Milford closed the gap by scoring the next four points.

"Our coach brought us in and said 'Girls, you keep doing your thing,' " said senior Ali Connors, who had a team-high four digs. "We were calm, cool and collected. That determination got us through."

Strong net play by Lexi Sawyer and Julie Sanders closed the door on any further Milford rallies.

"It means a lot to win," said the sophomore Sawyer, who had a game-high 15 kills. "I just wanted to do this for the seniors this year. Now we just have to try and win again next year."  

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Girls Volleyball, 11/08/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jaguars win first volleyball title

DERRY — Windham's second chance at a state volleyball title proved straight-set easy.

One year after dropping the Division II championship tilt to Coe-Brown, the unbeaten and top-seeded Jaguars made light work of second-seeded Milford last night at Pinkerton Academy. It was the third time this season Windham toppled the division's second-best team.

The victory capped a dominating season for the Jags, who were taken to five games only once this year and posted 12 shutouts among their 19 victories. Windham dropped two games to Milford while winning two regular-season games.

"I saw (we had a title contender) as soon as the girls walked into the gym at the beginning of the season," Windham coach Jill Bartlett said. "I knew it was possible because we had a lot of talent. When you project your depth chart, I wrote four deep at every position when I started. It was just a matter of getting the girls to play into their roles."

After breezing to three tournament wins, dropping only one game — to Coe-Brown in the semis, last night proved to be more difficult as Milford (16-3) put up game totals of 20, 24 and 21 points.

The Jaguars fought off the Spartans for a hard-fought, first-set victory that featured 10 ties and three lead changes. Windham didn't help its cause with 10 unforced errors that helped Milford open a 13-12 lead.

But holding a 21-19 lead, Katie Farrell's serve led to an ace and baffled the Spartans into two unforced errors on returns as Windham closed the set strong.

Milford rebounded to take an early seven-point lead in Game 2, but the veteran Jags battled back to eventually tie at 24 before taking its first lead of the game on the ensuing point.

"They have done that frequently during the season," Bartlett said. "They kind of lose their composure, and I think they use it as a motivational force. They responded very well tonight."

Windham used a 12-1 run to take a 16-11 lead in the third game, but once again Milford closed the gap by scoring the next four points.

"Our coach brought us in and said 'Girls, you keep doing your thing,' " said senior Ali Connors, who had a team-high four digs. "We were calm, cool and collected. That determination got us through."

Strong net play by Lexi Sawyer and Julie Sanders closed the door on any further Milford rallies.

"It means a lot to win," said the sophomore Sawyer, who had a game-high 15 kills. "I just wanted to do this for the seniors this year. Now we just have to try and win again next year."

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Girls Volleyball, 11/08/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Merrimack ends Pinkerton's title hopes

DERRY — The Pinkerton girls didn't easily give up their championship volleyball dreams, but top-seeded Merrimack once again made things difficult on a 2014 opponent.

Losers of only two sets the entire season, top-seeded Merrimack swept to the Division I title last night with 25-16, 25-22 and 28-26 victories over the game Astros.

"All we'd done was seen them,"  Pinkerton coach Todd Royce said of the undefeated Tomahawks. "Actually, we'd seen them play several times, but it's different once you get on the court with them. They are a very good team, and Jen Coffey is one of the better hitters that we've had in the state."

Playing tougher as the evening progressed, Pinkerton (18-3) took Merrimack to the limit in the finale. The teams combined for nine ties and four lead changes.

"Even though we didn't win, they're still champions in our eyes," Royce said. "They never gave up, and they made the last game very exciting.

Leading the way for the Astros were Alexis Bowers (10 blocks and 58 in the four-game tournament) and seniors Elizabeth Hicks (34 assists and 15 service winners), Michaela Blackwell (nine kills) and Nicole Langlais (12 service winners).

"We're going to miss our three seniors," Royce said. "They did a great job with leadership, and they're the reason why our team never gave up."

The only teams to score set victories over Merrimack were Exeter and Timberlane, and both of those losses were by a mere two points. Coffey was dominant, leading the Tomahawks in every statistical category.

"This (title) means everything," said Merrimack coach Tammy Lambrou, whose squad lost the 2011 championship and the past two semifinals. "So a lot of girls remember what it's like to be here and they took a pact to go undefeated this year. To be honest, I'm (mad) we lost those two sets.

Pinkerton was playing in the program's second title game and first since losing the 1998 crown to Spaulding in straight sets.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/08/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North Andover advances to its 3rd North final

Behind Catherine Flaherty's 14 kills and five aces, fourth-seeded North Andover earned a 3-0 sweep of eighth-seeded Billerica in the semifinals of the Division 1 North volleyball tournament. 

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Girls Volleyball, 11/06/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Record nights lead Windham into final

Lexi Sawyer and Emiline Sundman each set personal match-highs for kills. Sawyer had 17 and Sundman added 12.

Meanwhile, Hannah Scott's 39 assists also was a personal match-high.

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Girls Volleyball, 11/06/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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