Some interesting tidbits on the high school boys' volleyball scene:
1. Haverhill clinches tournament spot -- Before falling to Lawrence Monday, Haverhill (7-4 Merrimack Valley, 9-5 overall) won six straight matches to qualify for the postseason. The Hillies boast a 40-3 record the past two seasons, though they fell to state champion Cambridge in the Division 1 North semifinals last year to end the season at 19-1.
2. Bay State brings heated matchups -- Next week, the Bay State Conference features some of the best matchups. Needham has a target on its back as the only undefeated team in the conference at 12-0, and it goes on the road for games against Norwood Monday at 4 p.m. and Newton North Wednesday at 4 p.m.
3. St. John's Prep stuns Medfield -- St. John's Prep put an end to Medfield's 10-game win streak with a straight-set victory Monday on its home court, 25-18, 25-10, 25-13. Brian Keogh (18 kills) and Sean Brennan (32 assists) led the way.The win avenged a 3-2 loss to Medfield May 1. The two squads square off once more, in the final match of the regular season Tuesday, May 21, at St. John's Prep.
4. Newton South, best in the state? -- After taking down state champion Cambridge Tuesday, Lions senior Zack Halpryn said his squad was the best in the state. Easily sporting the best record in the Dual County League (10-1, 15-1 overall), the Lions are serious contenders come tournament time. But we'll see how they measure up in a rematch at Cambridge Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Lions are having their best season since 2009-10 when they went 19-1 before falling to Chicopee Comp in the state semifinals.
5. Your turn to vote! -- Vote on which Top 10 squad you think has the best chance of winning on the state title stage. The results will be featured in next week's notebook, so don't forget to vote!
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Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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