The 2017 season was packed with peaks and valleys for coach Dave Starin and his Londonderry High varsity boys’ volleyball squad this spring. But, in the end, the Lancers wound up being able to say that the tons of hard work they put in throughout the campaign paid off.
The LHS crew began the season by dropping its first six decisions before it bagged a win with a shutout success at home against Souhegan of Amherst in match number seven on May 3.
However, coach Starin’s squad then dropped its next four decision to fall to 1-10 on the campaign.
But the Lancers collected a good amount of positive reinforcement in their final five matches of the spring, posting a 3-2 record in those contests to finish up at 4-12.
The Londonderry bunch finished its 2017 campaign last Tuesday, May 30, at LHS with a 3-1 loss at the hands of a Windham team which completed its regular season at 9-7 overall.
The hosts dropped game one by a 25-20 score and game two by a lopsided 25-6 tally before roaring back for a 25-11 victory in game three. However, the visitors brought the match to a close by taking game number four by a 25-9 tally.
Mike Vivian dealt out a total of 20 assists for his Lancers, James Buttafuoco bagged 12 kills, and Bryan Murphy collected seven digs and two service aces.
“I believe this season was a step in the right direction,” said coach Starin. “Everyone I spoke to has commented on how much the team has improved over the course of the season. Individuals have also made tremendous strides, and the returning players are eager to promote the sport and increase involvement among the student body. I am excited and encouraged to see what this team can accomplish in the future.”