PA Volleyball Advances to Final Four;Andover Completes Undefeated Season

On Saturday, the Andover Girls Varsity Volleyball team capped off its season with a four-game victory over Exeter. Captain Jackie Price ’06 highlighted the fourth game with 14 straight serves. Overall, she was perfect serving, connecting all 31 of her attempts. On Wednesday, Andover, competed in the quarterfinals of the New England Prep School Tournament against Deerfield. Andover defeated Deerfield 3-1 with much help from Caroline Levin ’06 and her nine kills and six stuff blocks. Last weekend, with its record still perfect, Andover faced off against Exeter, the last team standing in the way of an undefeated regular season. Andover took the first game fairly easily, 30-20. In the next game, however, Exeter caught Andover by surprise and hit right back with an 18-30 win. Andover just barely prevailed in game three, needing to go in to extra points to pull off the two-point victory, 31-29. After this defeat, Exeter lost momentum and Andover crushed its opponent 30-7 in the final game. Price led the team in serves, going 31 for 31. She also went 19 for 25 hitting with eight kills. Claire Fox ’06 led the team with eight stuffs on 11 for 15 blocking, had four aces on eight for nine serving, and hit 24 for 29 with seven kills. Sarah Thomas ’06, like Price, had eight kills, hers coming with a record of 18 for 25 hitting. She also had three aces on 10 for 13 serving and five stuffs on eight for nine blocking. Levin had another solid game, hitting 19 for 20 with seven kills and serving 22 for 22 with one ace. Setter Cassidy Carpenter ’08 finished the day with 25 assists, three aces, and three kills. On Wednesday, Andover was clearly the dominant team, but its opponent was, once again, able to avoid the shutout. The first two games were close and Andover fell behind for much of the first game, but the team still prevailed 30-25 and 30-28. Then, in the third game, Deerfield found an opening and exploited it, but Andover regained its form in game four, putting Deerfield away with a final game score of 30-23. Levin led the team with nine kills and six stuff blocks. Thomas also had six stuffs and also contributed seven kills. Price hit 31 for 39 with seven kills. Andover will finish the season this Saturday when it will travel to New Hampton for the rest of the tournament.