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November 4, 2013

Warriors, Knights set up rubber match Thursday

After Andover shut out Lexington last night and North Andover took care of Masconomet by the same 3-0 score, the two local rivals will square off for round three in the Division 1 semifinals, Thursday at 7 p.m. at North Andover.

North Andover beat Andover in its season opener, but the Warriors have won 21 straight since and defeated the Knights (also 21-1) in a rematch.

“That’s a tough one to pick, but it should be a great match,” said Methuen coach Matt Twomey.

Rachel Schnakenberg led the Warriors against Lexington with 10 kills and four blocks and Azita Bakhtyari had 24 assists. For North Andover, Catherine Flaherty was huge with 18 kills and four blocks against Masconomet and Erin Cox had 33 assists. Jillian Boyle came up with 18 digs and had four aces.

Hillies in a breeze

Haverhill’s volleyball team had no trouble with Lynn Classical in the Division 1 North quarterfinals, blasting the visitors 25-9, 25-8, 25-13 to improve to 17-3. Abigail Sonugu led the way at the net with 18 kills while Haley DeRoche added nine kills and had 18 digs.

The Hillies will have a harder time tomorrow when they play at No. 1 seed Peabody at 7 p.m.

Rangers provide scare

Methuen’s volleyball team had unbeaten Peabody on the ropes in the Division 1 North quarterfinals, leading 2-1 in games with a 7-1 lead in Game 4, but the Tanners had two big service runs and held on for a 3-2 win.

Alicia Miller had another big night for the Rangers (14-8) with 13 kills, 4 blocks and 19 service points.

“We played well, but just couldn’t put them away when we had the chance,” said Methuen coach Matt Twomey.

Solid team effort

Georgetown’s boys soccer team got goals from three different players and assists from two others in a Division 4 quarterfinal matchup with Ipswich. The Royals (11-2-7) were tied 1-1 at halftime but dominated the second half. Gus Savage needed to make only four saves.

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