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Saugus V-ball ends West Ranch's streak

Posted: April 1, 2014 10:42 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2014 10:42 p.m.

Saugus' Zech Lee digs the ball during Tuesday's game against West Ranch.

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Saugus boys volleyball is getting pretty good at playing the spoiler.

But truthfully, this is a team that wants to be much more than that.

The Saugus Centurions ended West Ranch’s 12-match Foothill League win streak with a 3-1 win over the Wildcats on Tuesday at Saugus High by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16.

This comes after Saugus ended Valencia’s state-record 112-match league winning streak a year ago.

It looks like it’s about time to start paying attention to Saugus volleyball.

“Everybody always talks about us being competitive, but never being the guy on top,” said Saugus head coach Barry Nua.

For now, Valencia is on top with a 3-0 league record, having beaten Saugus in last week’s league opener. But Saugus (8-2 overall, 2-1 Foothill League) is at least part of the conversation after Tuesday’s fairly convincing win over the defending league champions.

“We played (West Ranch) like they were the best team in the entire nation. We knew they were a good team coming in,” said Saugus senior outside hitter Zech Lee, who recorded a match-high 25 kills.

Lee and fellow outside hitter Max Nua were on point Tuesday, making it difficult for West Ranch blockers to key on one or the other.

Nua ended up with 18 kills and 11 digs. Both hitters were aided by a strong performance from setter Justin Coleman, who tallied 44 assists.

“The passing was good and Justin was spot-on in getting me sets,” Lee said.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (16-4, 2-1) took a step back after looking solid in its first two league matches of the season.

The Centurions’ tough serving kept West Ranch out of system and limited the usually potent Wildcats’ offense.

“The first two games (Saugus) basically had a field day. Zech and Max did whatever they wanted,” said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks.

Senior Brett Krahl led the Wildcats with 13 kills and four blocks. Andrew Dieterle added 11 kills.

The problem was, the positives for West Ranch were often canceled out with miscues.

The Centurions were more consistent team, and they hope to carry this momentum forward.

“It’s kind of up to them which direction they want to go, and right now they’re putting in the work,” Barry Nua said.

Valencia 3, Canyon 0

Valencia moved into outright first place in the Foothill League with a sweep of Canyon on Tuesday by scores of 25-15, 25-18, 25-16. Kyle Ensing led Valencia with 19 kills, Dakota Abbott added 10 kills and Logan Riley had 36 assists and six kills.

Valencia is now 6-7 overall and a perfect 3-0 in league play. Canyon is 1-2 against Foothill competition.

Hart 3, Golden Valley 1

Hart beat Golden Valley by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 25-14 on Tuesday night to earn its first league win of the season. Hart is 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Foothill play. Golden Valley is 0-3 in league.

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