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The Melrose High girls volleyball team celebrates after a point in a Middlesex League matchup against Burlington High School.
The Melrose High girls volleyball team celebrates after a point in a Middlesex League matchup against Burlington High School.Jon Mahoney for The Boston Globe

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Victoria Crovo was in the stands at Algonquin Regional last fall, as a spectator, watching the Melrose High girls’ volleyball team capture the Division 2 state title, the first championship in program history.

From that point forward, she was itching to get out on the court and play with those girls, despite having never playing on a volleyball team in her life.

Now, as a freshman middle hitter, she has stepped into a starting role, and has been a key offensive catalyst for the 15-1 Raiders.

Her presence has been a much-needed boost to a squad that had been severely depleted by graduation, with seven seniors departing, including the Globe’s Division 2 Player of the Year, Brooke Bell (now at Keene State) and All-Scholastic Sarah McGowan (Boston College club team).

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