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Not tied for long as Saugus volleyball pulls away from G.V.

Centurions erase slow start to sweep Grizzlies

Posted: April 11, 2013 10:46 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2013 10:46 p.m.

Saugus' Justin Coleman (6) sets for Zach Choo (55) on Thursday at Golden Valley High School.


Overcoming a slow start, the Saugus Centurions boys volleyball team defeated the Golden Valley Grizzlies 3-0 Thursday at Golden Valley High School.

After being tied midway through the first game, Saugus broke away as it cruised to a second consecutive Foothill League victory — this time by scores of 25-12, 25-13, 25-10.

“Our goal was to play sound, discipline volleyball,” said Saugus head coach Barry Nua. “We were a little slow getting things going in the first set, but we did a good job responding.”

With the score tied at 11 in the first, the Centurions finished the game by winning 14 of the final 15 points.

Captains Max Nua and Tony Balzer led the charge as they combined for five kills in the game.

Nua finished with a match-high 15 kills, while Balzer finished with 10.

“Coach came up to me during the first set and told me that I’m a key player for this team, and he needs me if we’re going to win,” Balzer said.

Golden Valley kept the match close in the first game behind Bradley Surette.

The junior middle blocker’s third kill in the game tied the score 8-8.

Tristan Murachanian led the Grizzlies with four kills in the match.

“We started out well and forced Saugus to call the first timeout,” said Golden Valley head coach Derek Saenz. “We have the skill, but are lacking consistency.”

As for Saugus, it will be in action again on Tuesday as it looks to complete the season sweep of Valencia.

The Centurions ended Valencia’s 112-game Foothill League winning streak in the league opener on March 21.
“Last time we played I wanted us to beat them by three,” Balzer said. “A win’s a win, but I really want to achieve my goal and beat them in three.”


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