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Saugus volleyball picks up first league win

Posted: March 27, 2014 10:58 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2014 10:58 p.m.

Coming off a frustrating, five-game loss to Valencia to start league play, the Saugus Centurions boys volleyball team was determined to rebound in a big way.

So behind heavy hitters Max Nua and Zech Lee, the Centurions swept through the Hart Indians 3-0 on Thursday afternoon at Hart High School.

The Centurions won by game scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-19.

“We wanted to get back out here,” Nua said. “We talked about it. We always strive to come back and show we’re not going to roll over. We’re going to fight back.”

Unlike Tuesday’s Valencia loss, the Centurions (4-1 overall, 1-1 Foothill League) righted the ship with their serving, which was erratic on Tuesday and kept Saugus from getting into an offensive flow.

“Our serving was a lot better,” Nua said. “We came and prepared and were ready to work. There was a lot more flow to the game because our serves were better.”

Nua led Saugus with 14 kills and 12 digs, while Lee added 12 kills. Justin Coleman picked up a game-high 31 assists and had three blocks.

After taking a 1-0 lead, Nua and Lee combined for half of Saugus’ kills in a second game that saw Saugus lead by as much as 11 points, at 21-10.

The Indians (1-5, 0-2) narrowed the gap to seven, but Saugus grabbed a commanding two-games-to-none lead.

Hart again held with Saugus in the final game, but the Centurions were too much down the stretch, pulling away and clinching the match on a block by Clay Roland.

“We started out slowly,” said Hart head coach Ryan Mason. “Saugus is a great team. We knew that going in. They have some all-star players. We played better volleyball than we have. We’re still working on things.”

For Saugus, there’s not much time to celebrate its first league victory, with a match against defending league champion West Ranch on Tuesday.

“They’re doing all the work now,” said Saugus head coach Barry Nua. “It’s on the players; there’s not much coaching. It’s up to the guys to get it going. I have a lot of confidence.”



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