Tough Loss to Choate Makes Long Bus Ride Home Even Longer

Last Saturday, the Andover Boys Volleyball team travelled to Rosemary Choate Hall seeking revenge after Andover fell to Choate last year, 3-1. Although Andover couldn’t come away with the victory, the team played one of its finest preformances this year in the 3-1 loss. Andover had no extra players on the bench due to the three day weekend, but the team still had high hopes for a forthcoming victory against Choate. After a long bus ride, the team seemed a little drowsy in the early games, and its chemistry wasn’t all there. Referring to the two losses, 15-25 and 16-25, respectively, Coach Clyfe Beckwith said, “Andover played far too tentative in the first two games.” In a two game hole, Andover’s rotation was slightly switched, which sparked a fire in the game. Andover took the thrilling, back and forth third game, 25-22. After snatching the previous high-energy game, Andover was on a winning high and ready to have another behind them. So in the fourth and final match, Andover was fighting for the overall win. Co-Captain Sam Burwell ’09 said, “The energy continued into the fourth game where we lost 25-21.” It was a close game, but Choate triumphed, 25-21, to win the game and claim the match victory. Although Andover fell to Choate, the team showed major improvement individually. Burwell said, “Menelik was amazing at net, while Peter Bang served extremely well, getting four aces.” Co-Captain Menelik Washington ’09 dominated at Choate with 10 kills. Washington shined on both sides Saturday, hitting a total 12 out of 15 balls on offense, while also stuffing 4 balls and blocking a total 17 of 20 on defense. Peter Yang ’10 helped Andover’s offense by providing a grand total of 27 assists for the team’s hitters. He passed an excellent 23 of 25 to all areas of the Andover side. Also, newcomer Peter Bang ’11 stepped up to the serving line and demonstrated his outstanding skills with 4 kills and successfully serving 12 of 15. This Tuesday, the Boys Volleyball Team held a home scrimmage against St. Johns Prep. The scrimmage provided an opportunity where Andover could improve as team without the pressure of winning or performing. Beckwith said, “At times it was the best that Andover played yet this season, executing good defense and converting to powerful offense.” Out of the scrimmage, the team learned how to play well as a team, which was one of its main goals. Still few in number, the team has suffered, especially due to Tim Wong’s injury, but they are still looking to come out on top. With a season record of 1-2, Andover hosts NMH for a rematch this Saturday.