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Andover girls’ volleyball advances to Division 1 North Sectional final

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After dropping a set to North Andover, Andover’s junior setter Azita Bakhtyari (37 assists, six kills) remembered the words of girls’ volleyball coach George Sullivan: “It’s not how you fall, but how you come back up.” His words of wisdom guided the Golden Warriors as they battled to earn a 3-1 win over host North Andover in a Division 1 North semifinal Thursday night (25-19, 25-27, 25-16, 25-12). Andover will face Haverhill in the Division 1 North final Saturday, 6 p.m., at Lawrence High School. The Golden Warriors took their most solid lead in the fourth set after four service aces from senior Addison Kennedy, 18-6. Golden Warriors senior middle hitter Rachel Schnakenberg unloaded a pair of hits to settled the score, 25-12.

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