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Indians waste no time

Hart sweeps Saugus after winning in five games during first meeting

Posted: November 3, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Anissa Robinson (22) and Brittani Elser (5) try to block a shot by Saugus' Ashley Guthrie (9) Tuesday evening at Hart High School. Hart won 3-0.

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In the first meeting between Hart and Saugus girls volleyball, the two teams battled it out through five sets.

Tuesday’s match lasted just three.

As one of the most experienced teams in the Foothill League, the Indians cashed in on the efforts of their seniors on Tuesday, sweeping the Centurions 3-0 at Hart High.

“Because it was senior night, we were really pumped, really excited,” said Hart senior middle blocker Breena Beckett. “So our key was to hit as hard as we could and get around the ball and pass and set and then just kill the ball.”

Beckett led the Indians with 13 kills, four aces and four blocks, and the team won by game scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18.

Fellow Hart senior Jennie Long had six kills, while senior setter/opposite Casey David had 23 assists and senior libero Allison Toledo finished with 26 digs.

In each game, Saugus (21-9, 4-6) traded points with the Indians early, but mistakes allowed Hart (12-3, 7-2) to build leads that the Centurions’ late pushes were unable to overcome.

“We really, really handed them a lot of gifts, a lot of errors,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose. “The girls tried hard, but sometimes you just don’t have it.”

On Saturday, the Centurions won the Crescenta Valley Tournament, dropping only one game all weekend. Ambrose said it might have been hard for his team to regroup after that emotional high.

Saugus was led by Jaclyn Clark, who had 10 kills and 11 digs. Teammate Ashley Pagan had six kills, Taylor Schubert added 14 digs and Sarah Blomgren recorded four blocks.

Hart head coach Mary Krisan also shifted several players around, including Anne Baker, who was moved to outside hitter for the game to keep the Centurions off balance.

Tuesday’s win guarantees the Indians at least a share of second place in the Foothill League.

“It’s been a while,” Krisan said. “I mean, I was first in league my first year coaching (Hart). “Then, we were fourth place the last two years. So to even be in this position is a great movement in the right direction for the program. You have the seniors helping the younger girls to start off hopefully a new tradition of excelling above fourth place or last place.”

Hart will now turn its attention to Thursday’s season-ending showdown with West Ranch, a match loaded with playoff implications.

The Indians beat the Wildcats 3-2 on Oct. 20, which started a three-game league losing streak for West Ranch.

“We are so excited for Thursday,” Beckett said.


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