Volleyball falls to 4-7 with loss to HB

AMHERST – Don’t look now, but the Hollis Brookline boys volleyball team, once 1-2 to start the year, is coming.

The Cavaliers rolled over Souhegan on Monday night, 25-10, 25-22 and 25-23, moving to 7-4 on the year.

“We focused, we’re playing hard and we’re improving,” said Cavs’ junior Josh Ide. “We feel like we’re getting better and better, and that we can play with anyone.”

Who could argue with Ide and Hollis Brookline after last night’s performance over the 4-7 Sabers.

Coach Eddie Leonard substituted early and often, mixing his lineups and involving his entire roster.

There was power up front from the Wimmer Twins, Sander (7 kills) and Quinten (4 kills, 3.5 blocks), but HB spread the offense around.

Wrestler-turned-middle hitter Owen MacMillan also had 4.5 blocks.

“Our hitting blocking were key,” said Ide.

All three games took similar form with HB jumping on top early and holding a scrappy Souhegan bunch at arm’s length.

Max Marshall picked up the passing game with 10 HB assists, while Felix Yang delivered three aces from the service line.

Ryan Hauser was an absolute menace all night long for the Sabers, despite giving away several inches to the opposition at the net.

“When he plays like that, we can play with most teams,” said Sabers coach Andrew Gordon. “At his size with all those blocks, he was just incredible.

Hauser finished his night with a dozen blocks, five kills and a pair of digs. Seth Facey had two Blocks, two kills and three aces. Eli Young pitched in 12 assists and four aces, while Alex Karpawich had a pair of blocks.

On Thursday, the Cavaliers welcome Bishop Guertin while the Sabres travel to John Stark on Friday.