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Foothill v-ball roundup: Saugus breaks through

Posted: October 24, 2013 10:54 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2013 10:54 p.m.

Saugus' Makena Wasserman (13) tips the ball past Hart blockers Brooke Boron (11) and Erin Indermill (6) at Saugus High on Thursday.

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It’s been a rough start to the Foothill League season for Saugus Centurions girls volleyball.

First-year Saugus head coach Eric Luckenbach felt like all his team needed was a breakthrough.

His team answered the call with a 3-1 win over the Hart Indians on Thursday at Saugus High. Hart won the first game 25-18 and the Centurions took the next three, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17.

“I thought we had really good leadership across the board from everybody,” Luckenbach said. “We’re really strong believers.”

Since starting league play 0-2, Saugus has won three of its last five to improve to 14-13 overall, 3-4 in league.

That puts Saugus in a tie with Hart (12-11, 3-4) for third place in the standings.

In Thursday’s match, Amy Buffham led Saugus with 13 kills while also adding 22 assists. Julianna Dole had 21 digs.

Next up for Saugus is a road match against West Ranch on Tuesday.

“We’re hoping to build for this for sure,” Luckenbach said of the win. “We don’t like to have a big mind set just in terms of the overall perspective. We don’t like to look too far ahead.”

Hart, which has now lost two straight league matches, was led by seven kills from Chase Tengberg and six apiece from Brianne Beeman and Brooke Boron. Claire Cansler added six blocks.

Valencia 3, Golden Valley 0

The first-place Valencia Vikings quickly dispatched of a depleted Golden Valley team on Thursday at Valencia High.

Injuries and eligibility issues left Golden Valley with just eight players entering Thursday. The end result was a loss by scores of 25-3, 25-6 and 25-13.

Emily Burns landed 12 kills for Valencia (16-8, 7-0) and Emily Bible added four kills and 15 aces. Teresa Cernosek had six kills for the Vikings.

For the Grizzlies (1-11, 0-7), recent JV call-up Kelsey Bauer led the way with three kills and two blocks.

West Ranch 3, Canyon 0

The West Ranch Wildcats increased their lead for second place in league with a win over Canyon on Thursday at Canyon High coupled with Hart’s loss to Saugus.

The Wildcats won 25-15, 25-23, 25-17 in the match.

West Ranch (9-4, 6-1) is three wins above third place with three to play and just one behind Valencia for the league lead.

Canyon (3-17, 2-5) got nine kills and eight digs from Sara Greenland, four kills from Kelli Schmidt and five digs and three aces from Megan Bleiler.

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