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Seniors help bring volleyball team to victory

By Jack McElduff & George Morgan Sr. Sports Editor, Sports Reporter

photos by Aaron Edelstein*

South seniors led the volleyball team to a stuning victory in three succesive sets against Lincoln-Sudbury on May 17.

The Class of 2012 offered the Newton South boys volleyball team a large contribution of fresh talent, bringing the Lions to the Division I South sectional final last year. After the Class of 2012 graduated, many questioned whether this team could still manage to continue being among the states’ best, but that was before this year’s team rose above expectations in the DCL, heading towards yet another state tournament. The boys’ volleyball team finished their home schedule on Friday, May 17 against the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors. The Lions dominated in all phases of the match, using a balanced scoring attack and shutdown defense to beat Lincoln-Sudbury 25-9, 25-12, 25-7. Before the game, the Lions’ nine seniors were honored as they prepared to play in their final regular season game. What was possibly their final game in the field house, the team’s seniors put in maximum effort and gave

it their all form start to finish. When all was said and done, seniors Paul Vasiloff finished with 11 kills, senior Ben Snyder with 11, and Zach Halpryn added another 10. The Lions came into the first set strong, scoring eight uninterrupted points in the start of the match. Halpryn and Snyder halted all of the Warriors’ attacks during their starting streak with a series of blocks and stuffs early on. This lead helped set a tone for the rest of the game. Vasiloff added four kills in the first set, ending the first set by a score of 25-9. Lincoln-Sudbury opened up the second set with a 3-1 lead. The Lions, however, were quick to tie up with Snyder and Halpryn’s quick succession of kills. The Warriors came as close as 7-6 in favor of the Lions in the second set, but that was before a degrading nine point run that included four more kills from Vasiloff, who finished the second set with six points. Later points

by sophomores Joe Esbenshade and Jared Chin helped push the set out of reach for Lincoln-Sudbury. The Lions kept up the scoring and blocking to defeat the Warriors 25-12 in the second set. The third set was similar to the first two with Halpryn and Snyder, whose combined 10 of the Lions’ 25 third-set points helped push South’s lead. Their work was coupled with stellar sets by sophomore Jared Chin. Late points from sophomore Brendan Duggan and senior Zach Litchman, who scored the final two points of the match, all but sealed a victory The Lions wrapped up their regular season against Brookline on Monday, May 20, and headed off into the playoffs. The team and its seniors made a great run, ending their season in the playoffs with a 2-1 loss against Needham High School on June 3.

South Scoreboard

Team

Last Game/Meet

Next Game/Meet

Record

Softball

Loss to Lynn Classical

N/A

14-7

Baseball

Loss to Central Catholic

N/A

10-10

Boys Lacrosse

Loss to Newton North

N/A

9-10

Girls Lacrosse

Loss to Newton North

N/A

5-11-2

Boys Volleyball

Loss to Needham

N/A

20-3

Boys Outdoor Track

1st Place DCLs

N/A

7-1

Girls Outdoor Track

All States

N/A

7-1

THE LION'S ROAR 30-1  
THE LION'S ROAR 30-1  
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