Entering with a nine-game unbeaten streak, third-ranked Cambridge hit a roadblock Monday night when Peter Haskin and No. 10 Newton South delivered a 3-0 upset, winning, 27-25, 25-19, 25-13.
“They went into someone’s house and played them well. We’re on pace and where we need to be,” said Lions coach Todd Elwell. “We’re going to be dangerous. It’s not a secret.”
Haskin led the way for the Lions, finishing with six kills and seven service aces.
“One thing I appreciate is that they pass at a high level, giving us more opportunity to attack,” said Newton South coach Todd Elwell.
“Peter was serving pinpoint and picking on the right people. We’re hitting seams much better this year,” he said.
First-year starter Paul Vasiloff hit seven-out-of 11 kill attempts in the middle, which gave the Lions some versatility at net that put pressure on Cambridge’s passing.
“It’s not a power issue. This team likes to swing and go big,'' said Elwell. "The issues are when you need to be gentle. When they learn to be powerful but gentle, the combination gets deadly. A couple more pieces came into play, and we finally trusted our middles with some balls.”
The switch of Jordan Lee (10 assists) to the middle has upped the Lions' level of play, which they hope will act as an advantage as they head into the second half of their season.
“In the beginning of season, everyone knew where we were going, but now we set middle as much as outside,” he said.
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