Sabers off to solid volleyball start
Souhegan was razor sharp in the boys volleyball season-opener, sending the Winnacunnet Warriors back to the Seacoast as a 25-23, 25-15, 25-17 victim.
Khaled Nazeer paced the winners with 11 kills and three aces. Michael Estabrook added nine kills and an ace. Eli Young dished out 19 assists, and Seth Facey played some serious defense with seven digs and three assists. The Souhegan newcomers all had a say in the win as Jake Aselin (2.5 blocks, 2 kills), Ryan hauser (5 blocks, 1 kill, 3 aces) and Nolan Dodge (4 aces) all were heard from.
Souhegan 18, Salem 0
The Tuesday night snow did not cool off the red-hot Souhegan offense as the Sabers cruised on their home turf in the season opener. Abby Hawkes had five goals and a pair of assists to lead the way, while Savannah Behn chipped in four goals with three assists. Taylor Clark had three goals, while O’Neill Galinson and Clare Woodford has two apiece. Delaney Facques and Margot Manz also scored, while Shannon Hargreaves was called upon for two saves in the shutout.
Souhegan 6, Goffstown 3
The host Sabers improved to 2-0 with a doubles sweep to break a 3-3 singles tie.
The teams of Lila Morgan/Zoe Garvey (8-2), Maddie Daniel/Anna Goyette (8-3) and Emma Maurais/Tatum Chamberlain (3-2, default) all triumphed.
The Sabers’ three singles wins were by Daniel at No. 3 (8-0), Goyette at No. 4 (8-3) and Sarah Kayser at No. 6 (8-4).
The Warriors had a tough opener on the road with three of their six singles players playing in their first career varsity matches. One of them, Lunara Inashova at No. 2, played well in an 8-3 loss. The No. 2 doubles team of Erin MacDonald and Elizabeth Jacob played hard in an 8-2 loss.
Coach: Keith Bertrand
2018 Results: 5-12
Returning Starters: John Lohnes, Sr., goalie; Jack Manning, Sr., defense; Luke Manning, Soph., defense; Julian Whiiter, Sr., attack; Nick Jordan, Sr., attack; Luke Civiello, Sr., midfield; Tyler Hall, Sr., midfield; Curtis Redd, Jr., midfield; Riley Lawhorn, Soph., midfield
Returning Letter Winners: Will Darnall, Jr., defense; Andrew Merenda, Jr., midfield; Will Boyle, Soph., attack; Jaxson Weisberg, Soph., attack; Connor Holland, Soph., midfield; Robbie McGrath, Sr., midfield; Nathan Fritz, Soph., goalie; Jack Hall, Jr., attack
Promising Newcomers: Ian Doherty, Jr., midfield; Brady Crowe, Frosh., attack; Colin Duckless, Frosh., attack; Tony Garrant, Frosh., midfield; Dylan Kamruzzaman, Frosh., defense; Billy Davidson, Frosh., defense; Chris Weeden, Frosh., midfield; Dylan Button, Frosh., midfield
Captains: John Lohnes, Tyler Hall, Jack Manning, Luke Civiello, Nick Jordan
Coach’s Comments: “This is the most connected group I’ve had in my years at Souhegan, and that’s due to strong senior leadership.”
Coach: Rick Urda
2018 Results: 7-7
Returning Starters: Gavin Urda, Jr., midfield; Matt Hannon, Jr., midfield; Alex Taylor, Jr., defense; Kyle Forsley, Jr., goalie/defense
Returning Letter Winners: Hunter Boudreau, Sr., attack; Samson Hodges, Jr., defense; Riley O’Shaughnessy, Jr., attack; Ryan Seale, Jr., defense; Corey Girouard, Soph., attack
Promising Newcomers: Kyle Boucher, Jr., defense; Nate Johnson, Jr., attack; Zack Spirito, Jr., attack; Owen Marble, Soph., defense; Greg Gagnon, Frosh., defense; Alex Karski, Jr., midfield; Nick Sloan, Soph., midfield; Logan Barnhill, Frosh., midfield
Captains: Alex Taylor, Matt Hannon, Gavin Urda
Coach’s Comments: “We are a young team and need to replace a lot from graduation. The more experienced players have done a great job integrating the inexperienced players.”
Coach: Maren Petropulos
2018 results: 18-3, Division I state semifinals
Returning Starters: Issy Aiello, Jr., midfield; Savannah Behn, Jr., attack; Taylor Clark, Sr., midfield; O’Neill Galinson, Sr., midfield; Alex LaBrosse, Jr., goalie
Returning Letter Winners: Abby Hawkes, Soph., attack; Margot Manz, Soph., attacl; Nicole O’Rourke, Soph., defense; Hannah Rowe, Sr., midfield; Eva Stine, Soph., defense; Clare Woodford, Jr., midfield
Promising Newcomers: Mackenzie Cretsinger, Frosh., attack; Molly Driscoll, Sr., defense; Delaney Facques, Soph., midfield; Sarah Geary, Jr., defense; Julia Ireland, Jr., attack; Amanda Jordan, Jr., defense; Avery Karavas, Soph., attack; Sierra Kimball, Frosh., defense; Alice Serbin, Frosh., defense; Emma Sette, Jr., attack; Elle Stevenson, Frosh., attack; Susan Wason, Jr., defense
Captains: Izzy Aiello, Savannah Behn, Taylor Clark, Hannah Rowe
Coach’s Comments: “With seven starters departing from last year’s team, we are still trying to familiarize ourselves with the returning and new players’ skills and positions.”
Coach: Betsey Kallfelz
2018 results: 5-10
Returning Starters: Meghan Wood, Sr., attack; Ashley Wilder, Sr., attack; Emily Flaherty, Sr. midfield; Elizabeth Paul, Sr., defense; Lauren Stec, Sr., defense; Allison Skare, Sr., midfield; Saige Paradise, Soph., goalie
Promising newcomers: Sierra Chaput, Soph., attack, Kylie Greska, Soph., attack, Sophia Renda, Jr., midfield; Mykaela Cederberg, Jr., midfield, Sydney Bailey, Soph., defense; Alexa Wilder, Soph., attack; Alyssa Kennedy, Sr., midfield, Paige Pelletier, Soph., midfield
Captains: Ashley Wilder, Elizabeth Paul, Meghan Wood
Coaches Thoughts: “We lost nine seniors last season but fortunately have the talent to fill their shoes with our returning seniors. Our focus in preseason has been fitness, back to basics and a positive mindset.”