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Indians dig out a win

Posted: October 15, 2009 10:21 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2009 4:30 a.m.

The Hart girls volleyball team celebrates a point scored during the first game against Saugus on Thursday at Saugus High School. The Indians beat the Centurions in five games.

Thursday night’s girls volleyball match between Hart and Saugus began with a message of hope and determination.

Immediately following “Dig Pink” fundraising efforts for suffers of breast cancer organized by Centurions head coach Zach Ambrose, the two teams battled it out in a five-game match, which saw the Indians edge Saugus 3-2 at Saugus High.

Hart (8-2, 3-1) won the first game 25-22, then dropped the next two 15-25 and 19-25 until finding consistent play to take the last two games 25-19 and 16-14.

“We finally started hitting in games four and five and set up better on the outside to block,” said Indians head coach Mary Krisan.

A big reason for that was senior opposite Jennie Long, who came on strong in the final two games.

Long finished with 14 kills, while teammate Breena Beckett posted 15 kills and four blocks, Casey David had 19 assists and three aces and Anissa Robinson added seven blocks.

Strong play at the net ultimately turned the tide late.

For Ambrose, the difference also came down youth and inexperience.

“It hurt,” he said. “Youth and experience will win a lot of close game fives.”

The Centurions (12-7, 1-3) were led by 16 kills from senior outside hitter Taylor Schubert, 15 kills and five blocks from sophomore middle blocker Sarah Blomgren, as well as 14 kills and 15 digs courtesy of sophomore outside Jaclyn Clark.

Freshman setter Ashley Guthrie recorded 43 assists and five blocks for Saugus, while senior libero Allison Toledo added 41 digs for Hart.

Ambrose said that the goal of ‘Dig Pink’ was to raise $1,500, through raffles, pledges and donations.

“I think we reached our goal,” he said, noting that he had not yet calculated the final total. “Anything after that will be gravy on top.”



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