Central Catholic gets handle on Andover
In a duel between Merrimack Valley Conference rivals Andover and Central Catholic, the host Raiders came away with a 3-1 volleyball victory yesterday at Lawrence to end the Golden Warriors’ nine-game winning streak.
“In the region it’s everything. It’s pretty much been us or them the past few years,’’ said Central Catholic coach Gannon Paris.
Yesterday’s victory - 25-15, 15-25, 25-21, 30-28 - moved No. 17 Central Catholic (8-1, 7-0 MVC) atop the conference and avenged a Division 1 state semifinal loss to Andover last season and a regular-season sweep.
“It was a hurdle we couldn’t get over,’’ Paris said.
In a back-and-forth final set, it took four timeouts, a tip from Raiders senior captain Hunter Tuck to go up, 29-28, and a double block on Golden Warriors power hitter Elise Brogan for the game point.
“It was really gutsy for our girls. It was commitment to winning, we wanted it,’’ said Paris.
The Raiders’ strong hitting was led by Steph Graffeo (nine kills), Alex Borelli (14 kills), and Amanda Williams (seven kills, four blocks).
Central Catholic won despite losing senior middle hitter Mary Foggo because of an ankle injury in the first set.
Brogan’s hitting helped the No. 16 Golden Warriors (9-1, 7-1) split the first two sets, but Graffeo’s pair of kills and a service ace by senior setter Alexis Michal (32 assists) decided the third set, 25-21.
“They’re dynamite. Offensively and defensively [Graffeo, Michal, and Borelli] were able to counter Sarah [Arvidson]. They rose to the occasion,’’ said Paris.
Arvidson helped Andover rally to take the second set, 25-15, after Borelli had piled up seven kills during the Raiders’ first-set win.
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