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November 2, 2011

Volleyball: Andover parents refuse to accept forfeit

LAWRENCE — When word came down from the school that the Andover High volleyball team would be forfeiting its match last night to Central Catholic, the Andover parents sprung to action.

They went to the top and now Andover will play the Raiders after all. If they can get the win tomorrow in the regular-season finale, the Golden Warriors will share the Merrimack Valley Division 1 title with their archrival Central.

"With the intervention of the Superintendent of Schools (Marinel D. McGrath), we'll be able to play on Thursday," said Ellen Arvidson, the mother of Andover co-captain Sarah Arvidson. "People did step in and got the message out why this is important.

"There was definitely parental concern. A lot of people made phone calls and emphasized the importance of the night and the game. People intervened in the proper way and it was a good outcome."

The game was originally slated for last night at Lawrence High as part of the Merrimack Valley Conference Volleyball Night.

Andover has been crippled by the weekend storm. As of late yesterday afternoon, 30 percent of the town was still without power. Andover schools were cancelled yesterday.

But the parents didn't see that as a reason to forfeit.

Early yesterday afternoon, The Eagle-Tribune received an e-mail which was distributed amongst Andover volleyball team parents.

It read in part:

"As you are aware, we are not being allowed to play our game tonight. Coach (George) Sullivan has not been able to successfully advocate on our behalf to play the game and has been told to push no further."

Kate Miller, the mother of Andover volleyball player Emily Cronin, was adamant that the game should go on. She said before the decision was overturned, "It's a raw deal for these girls."

Andover coach George Sullivan didn't return phone messages left last night.

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