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Saugus dominates in league opener

Cents allow only 19 points in match

Posted: October 6, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team’s Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.

The Centurions won by scores of 25-4, 25-8 and 25-7.

“They did a great job of keeping focus,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose of his players. “Sometimes young teams can play to the level of their competition, but they didn’t do that.”

Golden Valley (0-5, 0-1) couldn’t handle Saugus’ serve and fell behind 9-1 in the first game before calling timeout.

When the Grizzlies were able to pass the ball, their kill attempts were too strong, often sailing out of bounds.

Saugus outside hitter Jaclyn Clark finished the first game with a thunderous kill to win it for Saugus.

Clark also had a strong defensive game, finishing with 13 digs to go along with six kills.

“It was our block that helped me do well on defense,” Clark said. “They were getting the ball to come to me.”

The second game was similar to the first, as Saugus’ overall talent helped it race out to a 13-3 lead.

The Centurions (12-4, 1-0) managed seven straight points off the serve of outside hitter Cory Nua to extend the lead to 22-4.

Golden Valley countered with three straight points off the serve of Erin Kelly, but an errant kill sailed into the net to win the second game for Saugus.

“I would have liked for it to have gone better,” said Golden Valley head coach Jeff Cody. “I think a lot of the girls were nervous. Every one of my starters except one has never played a league match.”

The Grizzlies showed more fight early in the third game, but a 6-0 run by Saugus led to a timeout with the score 12-3 in favor of the Centurions.

More good service from Nua helped Saugus build its lead to 21-5 and put the game out of reach.

“We did what we needed to do,” Ambrose said. “The goal was to take care of the ball, don’t give away points.”

Saugus setter Ashley Guthrie had 20 assists, and Sarah Blomgren finished with eight kills on nine swings and three blocks.

Taylor Schubert had five kills and 10 digs, and Nua had four kills.

Megan Badovinac led Golden Valley with five kills, and Maddie Hardesty had three.

“We did see glimpses of what we can do, sometimes we played well,” Cody said.

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