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Foothill girls volleyball: Cents get heavy-handed

Saugus gets 20 assists from Guthrie in rout of Canyon

Posted: October 14, 2010 9:54 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus’ Ashley Pagan, center, spikes the ball between Canyon’s Morgan Fray, left, and Stevie Haubs on Thursday at Saugus.

Both teams may have been wearing pink for breast cancer awareness on Thursday night at Saugus High School.

But it wasn’t difficult to tell who was the better volleyball team in a league matchup between Saugus and Canyon.

The Centurions dominated in a 3-0 victory with game scores of 25-7, 25-9 and 25-14.

They did it in typical fashion, with a relentless and hard-hitting offense.

“Even in the loss to Valencia, the offense wasn’t the issue,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose, referring to the team’s lone Foothill league loss this season.

Saugus (16-4, 3-1) has had past issues playing from start to finish in matches, Ambrose said. But Thursday was a step forward.

“That was the focus, to play consistently,” Ambrose said. “I didn’t care about the score today. I just wanted consistent play.”

The contributions came from all around the court. Even when Canyon stepped up on the defensive end, Saugus hitters continued to put pressure on the Cowboys.

“We want to get our second and third swings at everything,” said sophomore setter Ashley Guthrie. “That’s what allows our offense to work.”

Guthrie had 20 assists, four aces and four blocks on the evening.

Her serving contributed to the 16 total aces for Saugus as a team, which also kept the Cowboys at bay.

Canyon (2-10, 1-3) made its best run in the third game, keeping the score close until Saugus broke a 10-10 tie. Solid play at the net and good defense kept Canyon in the game.

“I was happy with the way we blocked today,” said Canyon head coach Brian Ingino. “They just played better tonight.”

Senior libero Khrista Prudencia led the team with 12 digs despite also spending time at outside hitter.

“It’s a good thing we were playing scrappy defense because it allowed us to swing away a little bit,” Prudencia said. “But they just kept blocking us. Their block was too tall.”

Saugus middle blocker Sarah Blomgren led all players with six blocks in addition to her six kills.

Outside hitter Jaclyn Clark led the Centurions in scoring with 10 kills.

The two teams play again Tuesday. Canyon is at Hart at 5 p.m., while Saugus plays at 5:15 p.m. at Golden Valley.


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