Londonderry High School’s boys’ volleyball coach John Vaughn takes considerable pride from the fact that his spikers – who began the 2014 campaign with precious-little experience – have turned into a formidable team.
And despite splitting decisions with the Timberlane Regional Owls of Plaistow and the Souhegan High Sabers from Amherst in Londonderry late last week, Vaughn’s crew had still been successful in three of its last four matches and upped its season record to 6-8.
After beginning the week with a shutout of the Souhegan squad in Amherst on Monday, May 19, Londonderry was dealt a 3-1 loss by 10-4 Timberlane on Thursday, May 22.
Despite the fact that the decision didn’t go the hosts’ way, they still received strong play from Spenser Flood (17 assists), Matt Gendron (11 assists), Nick Winn (13 kills), Nick Stevens (12 kills, three blocks), Grant Peters (three blocks), Alex Champa (11 digs), Ben Parker (six kills), and Aidan McCafferty (seven digs).
And then the next day right back there in its own gymnasium, the LHS bunch bagged its second shutout of 3-10 Souhegan in a mere four days.
The Lancers snared decisive individual set wins of 25-11, 25-12, and 25-16, with Gendron dealing out 11 assists, Flood pouring out nine, Winn managing seven kills, Stevens collecting nine kills and five blocks, McCafferty scoring four service aces, Peters registering three blocks, Parker notching four kills and three aces, and Champa collecting 11 digs and three aces as the locals snubbed the Souhegan Sabers again and continued to show the sort of growth that has pleased Vaughn as the 2014 campaign has rolled forth.