Some interesting tidbits on the high school boys' volleyball scene.
1. "Oh how the mighty have fallen" -- Host St. John's Prep thumped defending state champion Cambridge in a 3-1 upset Monday (25-22, 25-1, 22-25, 26-24). Seniors Eric O'Connor and Brian Keogh drove the offense with a combined 31 kills to end Cambridge's 22-game unbeaten streak from last season.
2. Chelmsford run ends short -- Lawrence ended Chelmsford's chances of an undefeated season after rallying from a two-game deficit to win 27-29, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-13. The twin duo Anibal and Jeyson Henriquez performed up to par as usual, notching 11 kills apiece. Christian Mayi and Christian Tavares split seven blocks each. The Lancers earned first place in the Merrimack Valley Conference.
3. St. John's Prep to be tested -- Despite the ultimate feat of taking down the defending state champion Cambridge, the Eagles have struggled to stay afloat this season. The Eagles squad fell to Western Alliance rival Medfield that sits atop the conference, undefeated at 8-0. The Eagles get a second chance at that foe Monday on their home court and the day after, travel to Milford, a squad that beat the, 3-2 earlier this season.
4. Newton South avenges loss to Westford -- The Lions (12-1) took on Westford 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17 with a team-combined 31 kills. Zack Halpryn led the match with 10 kills to avenge a 3-2 loss to Westford April 8, the squad's only loss this season. The Lions have won nine straight.
5. Watch out for Haverhill --Despite an early season slump, Haverhill is picking up the pace, earning its sixth straight win with wins over Billerica, Andover and Lowell this week. We'll see if the Hillies can continue this run with four games left, the most challenging against Lawrence Monday.
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