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PA Follows 3-0 Sweep with Win vs. Rival Exeter to Remain Undefeated

Tying for the highest number of blocks and stuffs, Meghan McCafferty ’10 and Caroline Colombo ’09 were part of the stellar team that took down rival Exeter 3-1 this Wednesday. Both recorded seven overall blocks and had six stuffs. Last Saturday, the team traveled to New Hampton. Andover was the victor, convincingly winning the match 3-0. The scores of the three sets played were 25-7, 25-18, and 25-18, respectively. Stat leaders of the day include McCafferty ’10 with nine kills, Steph Xu ’09 with seven aces and twelve service points, Colombo ’09 with four blocks, Yan ’10 with nineteen assists, and Katy Svec ’10 with eighteen digs and saves. In Andover’s game on Wednesday against Exeter, the squad took an early lead and never relinquished it. Exeter nearly caught up, bringing the score to within one point at 14-15, but Andover never gave up the lead. Throughout the set, Andover won sixteen points off of serves and 9 rally-scored points off of side-outs. The set was easily won by Andover, with a final score of 25-16. The score during set two was tied back and forth a multiple number of times, at 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 points, with both teams trading leads. Andover took a two point lead at 15-17. Exeter began to catch up, but Andover rounded out the match by winning eight straight points, creating the biggest gap in the score for the entire game. The final score was 25-18. Set three saw a similar see-saw, with multiple ties throughout. Unfortunately, Andover lost their only game of the match. After Exeter stepped into the lead at 24-19 for the game point, Andover did manage to get a side-out point and win the serve. The single point, however, was not enough; Andover made an error, hitting a ball wide outside the court to have the game continue to a fourth set. The score of this set was 21-25. The possession of the ball switched back and forth between the two teams some more during set four, with the score tied at 2, 4 and 5. Exeter took an early lead at 8-6, but Andover rallied to bring its score up to a 10-8 lead. Determined to beat its archrival, Exeter went up again 12-11, but the team was no match for Andover which never gave up the lead from then on. Andover won the match 25-18. Colombo said, “Everyone brought their A-game today. Exeter games are always tough, because no matter which team is ‘better,’ the game remains competitive to the last point.” She continued, “We were especially focused and energetic and pleased to win in the wake of last season’s Exeter game, where we lost 3-0. Today, when we really got some spirit going, the whole team played brilliantly, especially in the second and fourth sets.” In addition to McCafferty and Colombo, another standout on the team includes Captain Isabelle Engelsted ’09, leading the team with 15 kills. Yan ’10 led in service aces, with three, and also in assists, with 37. Cristina Mommsen ’09 led offensively with 16 service points, and defensively in digs, with twenty-nine. Svec also led defensively, with 12 services received. With these two wins, Andover remains undefeated with an overall season record of 7-0. Andover travels to Northfield Mount Hermon on Saturday and to Worcester on Wednesday to play an undefeated Hotchkiss team.