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Boys volleyball: Saugus starts season off right

Saugus boys volleyball uses height to overcome Lancaster in its opener

Posted: March 2, 2010 10:38 p.m.
Updated: March 3, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Saugus senior T.J. Jeffris (5) scores a kill as Lancasters' Anthony Hilpipre (9) defends on Tuesday at Saugus High School in both teams' season opener.

Saugus boys volleyball couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2010, earning a three-game sweep of Lancaster at Saugus High 25-13, 25-17, 25-20 on Tuesday in both teams’ season opener.

The Centurions (1-0) raced out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, thanks to several big plays in the air from senior T.J. Jeffris and sophomore Matt Coleman.

“We just wanted to come out early and establish ourselves,” Jeffris said. “It was our first time really playing together because we had a lot of guys out for basketball.”

Jeffris led the team with 12 kills, Colby Wilson added seven and Sean Picard added five.

Saugus head coach Jared Ambrose said the team was still making adjustments since Picard, Wilson, Coleman and Eric Crawford just came over from the hoops’ squad last week.

But it didn’t seem to slow down the Centurions, who ended up taking the first game 25-13.

“I feel like all the pressure is on me this year, because this team is so talented,” Ambrose said.

“I just have to make sure they all come together,” added the second-year head coach.

The Eagles (0-1) responded with several rallies in game 2, but the Centurions’ size advantage helped them overcome the typical early-season unforced errors.

Lancaster made it close in the second game, taking an early lead, faltering and then coming back several times.

After more than seven lead changes, Saugus finished a back-and-forth series with an 8-0 run that helped secure a 25-17 win.

Ultimately, the Centurions simply had too much height for the Eagles.

Lancaster lost virtually all of its starters from last year’s squad and brought a young group, but Eagles head coach Alfredo Garcia said he wasn’t looking to blame youth.

Lancaster didn’t give up in the third game either, even though an early 7-0 run by Saugus had the Eagles playing catch-up for most of the time.

Eventually, the Centurions closed out the match with the 25-20 win in the final game.

“We have things we need to work on, but there is no excuse,” Garcia said. “I think we were trying to do too much instead of just play our game.”



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