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Prep volleyball: Cents, Indians end on high notes

Posted: November 4, 2010 10:12 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus closed out its 2010 regular season with authority, topping the Golden Valley Grizzlies in three games Thursday night at Saugus High School.

The Centurions won 3-0 by scores of 25-18, 25-9 and 25-15 behind Ashley Pagan’s nine-kill, five-block performance.

Despite the win, Saugus (27-5, 8-2) had to settle for second place in the Foothill League behind Valencia.

“There’s nothing we could do. Valencia’s been playing really strong at the end of league,” said Saugus head coach Zach Ambrose. “If I said I wasn’t disappointed, I would be lying.”

Saugus’ Ashley Guthrie assisted 30 points on the night and also spread some of kills around to Jaclyn Clark and Cory Nua, who each had seven. Nua also had six aces.

Golden Valley (2-13, 0-10) finished the Foothill League season winless for the second straight year.

Saugus will begin the playoffs as a No. 2 seed next week, which means it has a chance to host the first playoff game.

Hart 3, Canyon 0

It was a disappointing season for a Hart team that lost several key players to graduation last year.

But the Indians finished on a high note, winning 3-0 over Canyon Thursday at Canyon High School.

Hart (10-16, 4-6) won by scores of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-10, and finished fourth place in the Foothill League.

“I’m actually satisfied with outcome of this year,” said Hart head coach Mary Krisan. “I would have, of course, liked a better record and would have liked to have closed out some the matches we took to five with Valencia and Saugus, but I like the way we competed this year.”

Hart was led by Brittani Elser’s 11 kills followed by Anne Baker’s seven.

Canyon (3-17, 2-8) played a few solid matches this season, but the Cowboys weren’t able to translate them into many wins.

That will be the focus for next year, according to head coach Brian Ingino.

“I think it’s more competition in practice and I think they can learn to carry that onto the court,” Ingino said.

Courtney Spackman led the Cowboys with six kills while Morgan Fay added four kills and four blocks of her own.


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