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Saugus keeps perfect record intact with win

Posted: March 13, 2014 10:19 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2014 10:19 p.m.

Saugus' Zach Choo spikes the ball on Thursday against Quartz Hill at Saugus High School.

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Hanging around the Saugus High gym are banners showing the years each sport won a league championship, with varying levels of success.

The banner for the boys volleyball team looks pretty bare compared to some, having only one league title coming in 1998.

But with each new year comes renewed optimism.

And while the Centurions will be the first to admit that their level of competition hasn’t been stellar, they’re seeing progress and most importantly, wins.

“There hasn’t been much competition so far but we went up to San Luis Obispo last weekend and took third in that pretty big tournament,” said senior Max Nua. “That was a huge step for us. We’re just looking to keep moving forward.”

The Centurions (7-0) kept their hot start going on Thursday by sweeping Quartz Hill (0-3) in three sets (25-15, 25-13, 25-14).

Blake Webb led the team with 10 kills, Nua had nine and Justin Coleman had a team-high 24 assists.

It took a little while for Saugus to get rolling, falling behind 6-2 in the first game.

The teams traded leads until Saugus, with a 17-15 lead, rattled off eight straight points. Webb’s serving was key to that run, with five of the eight points coming from his aces.

From there on, Saugus cruised, never trailing by more than a point.

“We were a little flat in the first set but I can’t complain about the way they played,” said Centurions head coach Barry Nua. “The second and third sets they did a better job of playing up to their capabilities and not the other teams’.”

The Rebels’ 6-2 lead in the first was the largest they would hold in the entire match.

Quartz Hill head coach Justin Harris said part of his team’s struggles are the result of not having its final rotation down as he is still playing around with lineups.

“We have six different lineups that we’re playing with,” he said. “I guess a positive you could take from today is that we’re closer to finding that final lineup.”

Saugus has its lineup set and with league play approaching the Centurions are hoping to make another big splash like they did last year when they ended Valencia’s 112-game Foothill League winning streak.

“I’m not only trying to better myself, but trying to get this program better,” Nua said. “We’re trying to put Saugus on the map. We took down Valencia last year but we’re still looked at like one of the smaller schools. We’re looking to put a ‘14 up on that banner there.”

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