By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Varsity Volleyball squad just keep slamming home victories and are looking to finish the regular season as an undefeated number-one seed going into the Division I playoffs.
The Lancers started the week with a match that took them and their competitor into uncharted territory. On Monday, May 15, the very tough squad from Hollis-Brookline High School took LHS into a fifth set in Londonderry, where LHS finally won their 11th match in a row.
The Cavaliers had not dropped a set all season and LHS hasn’t needed a fifth set this year.
All but one of the sets were extremely competitive in this match, with the Cavs taking the first set in extra volleys, 29-27.
The Lancers came right back in the second, after climbing out from a HBHS lead early on in the set to win 25-21. The third set finished with the same 25-21 result and a LHS win.
The fourth set went the Cavs in a 25-14 finish.
The final set had Londonderry win 15-12, thus solidifying their place as the number one team in the state.
The win had a number of contributors: Spencer Brassard finished with 12 kills, 6 blocks and 2 digs; Ethan Munro had 3 kills and 2 digs; Cam Normand got 6 kills, 1 block, 20 assists, and 2 digs; Tyler Brown finished with 15 kills, 2 blocks, 17 assists, 8 digs, and 2 aces; Colin Ness got 6 kills, 1 block, and 3 aces; Trevor Edmunds had 5 kills and a block; Matt Doyle made four assists, 29 digs, and an assist; Victor Elguezabal got 11 digs; and Owen Evans finished with a kill, 10 digs, and an ace.
The following day, in another home match, the Lancers had a rematch with Pinkerton Academy, where they won once again in three straight sets. Set One went 25-20; Set 2 had a 25-21 result; and Set 3 finished 25-15.
Brassard had 8 kills; Munro got 8 kills and a block; Brown added 11 assists, 3 digs, and 3 aces; Normand got 15 assists and an ace; Edmunds finished with 7 kills and a dig; Ness had 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig, and three aces; Elguezabal had a dig and an ace; Doyle put up one assist, 14 digs and 3 aces; Evans got 3 digs; Brady Joncas had 4 digs and 2 aces; Crosby Nolan stepped in for one dig and Kyle Rondeau had one kill and 4 digs.
The Lancers added one win to their spotless record at the end of the week, on Friday, May 19, in Farmington, where they put up their sixth shutout of the season.
Londonderry beat the Farmington tigers 25-10 in the first set, 25-23 in the second, and 25-17 in the third.
Brassard had 12 kills; Nolan got 7 kills and a block; Preston Carmody had one dig off the bench; Rondeau got 3 assists, 1 kill, 2 digs, and 3 aces; Brown finished with 4 assists, 1 kill, 1 dig, and an ace; Normand got 2 kills; Doyle had 3 assists, 2 digs, and an 1 ace; Elguezabal added an ace; Joncas got 1 assist, 2 digs, and 2 aces; Evans added one kill; and Ness tallied 4 kills and 4 aces.
The Lancers have three games left in the regular season, playing the Timberlane Owls (6-6) on the road on Monday; hosting Mascenic (1-11) on May 25; and finish the regular season on May 30 at John Stark (2-10).