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April 3, 2013

N.H. Boys Volleyball: Astros could dethrone 8-time defending champion Salem

OUTLOOK: Defending champion Salem has some holes to fill but, with standouts Eric Denning, Steve Nugent and Andrew Ruffen leading the way, the Blue Devils may hold a slight edge in the battle for top honors in New Hampshire

Pinkerton and Timberlane should contend.

The Astros are led by 6-foot-6 Justin Scott while the Owls probably have the most experienced team around.

Windham, with five starters back from a surprising 10-7 squad could be a sleeper.

Bishop Guertin will field a team for the first time.

Londonderry

2012: 9-8, lost in quarterfinals

Returning starters (1): Keegan Smith, 6-3, Sr., outside hitter

Returning lettermen: Ian Perry, 5-8, Sr., setter; Jack Perry, 5-8, Sr., defensive specialist; Nick Winn, 6-1, Jr., outside hitter

Promising newcomers: Mason White, 6-3, Sr., outside hitter; Stephen Wong, 5-6, Sr., defensive specialist; Jonathan Hoffman, 5-9, Sr., defensive specialist; Ryan Driscoll, 5-9, Sr., outside hitter; Will Driscoll, 5-9, Sr., setter; Lionel Gendron, 6-2, Sr., middle hitter; Isaiah Jenkins, 5-6, Sr., defensive specialist; Taylor Simpson, 6-0, Sr., middle hitter

Captains: Keegan Smith, Ian Perry, Jack Perry

Candidates: 20

Fast facts: Of the 20 players in the program, 11 are seniors and there is only one junior and one freshmen. ... The Lancers’ JV team was undefeated last year. ... There are two sets of twins on the team — Ian and Jack Perry and Ryan and Will Driscoll. ... Assistant coach Mike Collachi was on the first Londonderry team nine years ago.

Assistants: Mike Collacchi, JV

Coach David Starin (5th year, 42-29): “Even though we had a great JV team, varsity volleyball is a whole different level. It’ll be hard to match up with the elite teams, but we should be competitive.”

Pinkerton

2012: 15-4, N.H. runner-up

Returning starters (3): Justin Scott, Sr., 6-6, outside hitter; Ryan Williams, 5-10, Sr., outside; Kyle Heidler, Jr., 5-6, setter

Returning lettermen: Cooper Williams, 5-10, Jr., opposite; Jerman Terro, 5-7, Soph., libero

Promising newcomers: Zach Sanford, Sr., 6-3, middle hitter; Scott Evans, Sr., 6-1, utility; Harrison Duval, Sr., 5-11, defensive specialist; Andrew Lechner, Jr., 6-2, middle hitter; Damian Garrity, Jr., 6-2, opposite; Nate Brody, Jr., 5-11, outside hitter

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