Boys Volleyball

Defending champion Owls fall in final

NASHUA — The Timberlane Owls had found themselves in this situation before. In Saturday night’s NHIAA boys volleyball state final, the Owls trailed 2-0 after two games. 
But unlike against Londonderry in the semifinals just two days prior, the No. 1 Owls weren’t able to claw back all the way for a second consecutive championship. They lost 16-25, 15-25, 25-18, 23-25 to No. 3 Hollis-Brookline.
“These kids fought to the very end,” said head coach John Dube. “Honestly, given how young we were to enter the season, I never expected to be back here (in the championship). I thought we would struggle but figure it out as the year went along. 
“But to see the type of effort the kids put in all season, to get back here means a lot. And it’s not like we graduate six seniors like last year. This is a young team. I really think they can make it back here again.”
The first game was tied, 16-16, before Hollis-Brookline ripped off nine straight points to end the first game. It was a similar story in the second game, where H-B scored the final seven points to pickup the win.
Timberlane had an early lead in the second game and appeared to pull ahead 4-3 after a kill near the net. However after a few moments, the official at the net reversed the point and awarded it to H-B. No one seemed to be given an adequate explanation for the point switch.
That was one of several close calls that had the large Timberlane crowd groaning.
The Timberlane crowd came alive midway through the third game when Sam Hovan registered three straight kills to give his squad a 15-10 lead.
“He’s our horse,” said Dube, whose club lost to the Cavaliers by the same 3-1 score on May 18. “In fact, our game plan today was to try to get him the ball as much as possible.”
Midway through the fourth game, Timberlane’s Yanni Kakouris collided with a teammate going for a ball. He appeared to injure his left knee and was tended to by trainers. 
After getting taped on the sideline and jogging up and down the floor near the Timberlane bench, he returned for the final few points.
“Heart,” Dube said. “That goes to show you the heart this group has.”
Milford 3, Timberlane 1
New Hampshire Division 1 Finals
Kills: T — Sam Hovan 15, Ryan Doherty 11, Justin Maguire 6, Dan Jordan 6
Blocks: T — Ryan Doherty 5, Justin Maguire 4
Assists: T — Matt Perry 22, Ryan Allen 20
Hollis-Brookline (18-3): 25  25 18 25 — 3
Timberlane (16-3): 16 15 25 23 — 1
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Boys Volleyball, 06/11/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

State Semifinal


NASHUA — Timberlane will get to defend its state volleyball championship, against Hollis-Brookline, but it wasn't easy getting to that position.

The Number 1-seed Owls rallied from a loss in the first game to Windham Thursday night and then survived a fifth game with a nerve-wracking 20-18 victory to advance to Saturday's 6 p.m. finals back here at Nashua North High School.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/09/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Comeback falls just short

Pinkerton lost its first two games to Goffstown 25-20, 25-23 but they came back to win the next two 25-13, 25-21 and force a decisive fifth game. Unfortunately, the Astros lost 21-19 in Game 5 to end their great season. Cobi Moore had 43 assists and Matt O'Hara led the team with 18 kills.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/07/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hot streak

Griffin Lippold led Windham with 18 kills, and Joe Zollo made 35 assists to lead the Jaguars over Souhegan 3 games to 1 in the New Hampshire quarterfinals. Ever since a straight-game loss to Salem in game three of the regular season, the Jaguars have won 13 of their last 14 games now headed into a heavyweight clash with top-seed Timberlane in the semis. The Owls won the only matchup between the two teams 3 games to 1 in both team's first match of the season.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/07/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Owls bury pesky Lancers

Londonderry got up 2 games to 1 over top-seeded Timberlane, but the Owls came back to bury the Lancers 25-13 and 15-8 in the final two games to advance to the Division 1 semi-finals. Sam Hovan led the way with 21 kills, and Ryan Allen made 30 assists. The Owls play Windham in the semis Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nashua North HS.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/07/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Vivian, Londonderry advance

Mike Vivian led Londonderry in assists (21) and aces (4) as the No. 8 Lancers downed No. 9 Keene 27-25, 25-22, 25-21 in the New Hampshire first round.

Nick Anderson added 14 kills and Ryan Crowley had 15 digs for Londonderry, which travels to take on No. 1 Timberlane on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/03/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem out early

For the first time ever, the New Hampshire Division 1 boys volleyball final won't feature perenial power Salem, who was eliminated in the first round by Goffstown on Thursday 3-1. Tim Dodier led the Blue Devils with 11 kills, and Ryan Greeley had eight kills and five blocks.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/02/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Shaking off the rust

Not playing for nine days led to some rust for No. 15 Methuen, but the Rangers shook off a first-game loss to win the next three and upset No. 2 Lowell Catholic 3-1 to advance to the second round of the North Division 1 tournament. Ricardo Castillo and Sam Branchaud led the team with 13 kills apiece, and the Rangers will be at Westford Academy Thursday at 3 p.m. for a quarterfinal matchup. Methuen coach Matt Twomey is hoping his squad can channel the Rangers squad of 2012, who advanced to the North championship game as an 11-seed.

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Boys Volleyball, 06/01/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

End of line

Devin Dean came up big (13 kills, 14 service points, 7 digs) but No. 5 Andover fell to No. 4 Chelmsford, 3-0, in the North quarterfinals. The clubs split their regular-season matchueps. 

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Boys Volleyball, 05/31/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders ousted

Ian Carmichael had seven kills and Andrew Dagher 29 digs but Westford swept past Central Catholic in the first round of the North tourney.

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Boys Volleyball, 05/31/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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