EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 13, 2013

Fast learners

Talented newcomers provide spark for Pinkerton

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DERRY — A couple of newcomers to the sport helped the Pinkerton boys volleyball team bounce back in a big way yesterday afternoon.

Four days after a disappointing loss to Windham, the highly-regarded Astros (2-1) swept a solid Timberlane team, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21.

“It was a good win for us against a good team,” said Pinkerton coach Colin Walker. “It was a rematch of last year’s (state) semifinal, and the last two years in the regular season the matches have all gone five games.”

Big man Justin Scott led Pinkerton with 13 kills, but it was the contributions of volleyball newcomers Zach Sanford and Andrew Lechner that impressed Walker. Both had six kills and three blocks.

“They’re getting better and better every game, you can just see it,” said Walker. “After the Windham game, their intensity was way up in practice and it shows in how they’re playing. They’re really helping us.”

Kyle Heidler chipped in with 30 assists for the Astros and also led the team with nine service points while German Terrero had 17 digs. Despite falling to 0-2, Timberlane coach John Dube was not discouraged.

“We have a lot of younger kids playing, so we’re a work in progress, but I saw a lot of improvement today,” said Dube. “I thought (sophomore) Mike Murphy gave us a real nice game.”

Eric Kaasila led the Owls at the net with 10 kills.