The top-ranked Haverhill boys' volleyball team remained undefeated Friday, beating host Lawrence, 3-0.
The Lancers are the only team to take a set off of the No. 1 Hillies this season. The teams met in Haverhill April 11, with Haverhill winning, 3-1.
“We know Lawrence is very, very good, they played us tough the last time,” Haverhill coach William Kaste said.
Lawrence coach Tony Hajaar said the Hillies’ fast-paced offense kept his team off-balance.
“We try to run a quicker offense, and keep the defense guessing,” Kaste said.
Lawrence almost forced Haverhill into dropping its second set of the season in the second set Friday. The Lancers pushed the game into a tie-breaker, but dropped the set, 27-25. Haverhill won the first and third sets 25-16 and 25-20 to complete the sweep.
“We try to attack different spots on the net,” Kaste said.
The coach said his team has a number of offensive weapons. Kevin Hirschfeld led the way 11 kills. Drew Caruso had an all-around game with eight kills, 5 1/2 blocks, and 3 aces. Setter Zach Sindoni spread the ball around and tallied 27 assists.
Hajaar said his team put up a stronger block in the second set, and that blocking is the key to stopping Haverhill’s potent offense.
“If you put a big strong block and make our hitter press a little bit, we’re going to have a hard time,” Kaste said. “But you’re going to have to have three very good blockers up to stop us.”
Haverhill improved to 11-0.
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