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Saugus girls volleyball: Their time

Centurions clinch share of first league title since 2001

Posted: October 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Saugus outside hitter Sarah Blomgren (12) taps the ball over the net as Canyon’s Kaitlyn Reiner (8) and Courtney Spackman look on Tuesday at Saugus High School. The Centurions clinched a share of the Foothill League title.

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The mood was generally calm and festive at Saugus High School.

For the girls volleyball team, it’s been that way pretty much the entire season.

And just as methodically and skillfully as it has done in every other Foothill League match, Saugus cruised to a 3-0 victory over Canyon on Tuesday and clinched at least a share of its first league title since 2001.

The game scores were 25-15, 25-8 and 25-7, which gives the Centurions (25-2, 8-0) a two-game edge over West Ranch with two league matches to play.

“I didn’t know how good we were at the beginning of the season,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose. “We actually struggled a little bit in the summer. We had to take our lumps.”

As time went on though, it became clear the team that returned seven seniors and multiple all-league players had a formula for success.

More than talent and experience though, Ambrose points to his team’s ability to keep level heads.

“It wasn’t in our minds that we were going to walk through league,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose. “They didn’t let any of the hype get to them.”

On Tuesday, there wasn’t any doubt for Saugus on senior night.

The Cowboys (4-7, 0-7), still winless in league play, struggled to get into any kind of offensive rhythm with the constant attacking from Saugus’ powerful offense and precise serving.

“They served us off the court,” said Canyon head coach Brandon Johnson. “They served very well. They played very structured, sound volleyball.”

Though Canyon tried to focus its blocking on Centurion outside hitter Jaclyn Clark on the left side, fellow hitter Sarah Blomgren countered from the right with a match-high 11 kills.

Clark still ended up with nine.

Between the hitters, strong serving and nearly flawless defense, the Centurions didn’t run into much trouble after the first game.

As a team, Saugus racked up 47 digs with Kristin McCord’s nine leading the way.

McCord was one of the seniors honored in a senior night ceremony before the match.

Afterward, she was nearly at a loss for words.

“It was fun. It was really cool,” McCord said of clinching a league title. “I’m just so happy right now I can’t even contain myself.”

Saugus used two separate runs of 7-0 and 9-0 to run away with game two, and it used an early 6-0 run to start off on the right foot for game three.

Not much went right for the Cowboys, who were led by Courtney Spackman’s six kills and Morgan Fay’s eight digs.

Saugus can wrap up an outright Foothill title with a win Thursday at Golden Valley.


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