WORCESTER — In the Div. 2 volleyball state finals, No. 1 Westborough (21-1) appeared to defend its title towards No. 3 Canton (24-1) at Worcester State University. The top-seeded Rangers put collectively a clinic, rolling to a 3-0 victory to repeat as champions.
“I’m extremely proud of our girls. They earned it,” mentioned Westborough coach Roger Anderson, “(The seniors) set a level of play at Westborough High School that was just off the charts.”
Westborough had been led by star senior Quinn Anderson with 19 kills and 10 digs. Georgia Tyrell added 9 kills and Samantha Norman had 39 assists.
“Everybody wants to do this and I’m really happy that I got to be able to do it. It’s just dreams come true and I’m just grateful I got to do it with everyone else,” mentioned Quinn Anderson.
In the primary set, Westborough rushed out to a 14-6 lead. Anderson and Tyrell mixed to propel the Rangers offense. Canton tried to show the tide late with again to again kills from Sarah Hoban. Anderson closed the door, nonetheless, following up together with her personal pair of kills to assist Westboro earn the 25-15 first set victory.
Westborough saved its foot on the fuel pedal within the second set. The Rangers saved tempo with Canton’s opening salvo and nabbed an 11-7 lead. A pair of Anderson kills and a Montana Weaver ace later within the set helped the Rangers lengthen to a 20-9. From there, Westborough stopped a small 3-1 run from Canton and closed out the set at 25-13.
Facing elimination, Canton threw the whole lot it had at Westborough, pushing the Rangers to a 16-16 impasse. The Rangers responded accordingly, happening an 8-4 run to push Canton to match level at 24-20. Canton refused to go quietly and answered with three straight factors earlier than a Tyrell spike broke by way of the Canton protection and clinched the match and the title for Westboro at 25-23.
“I think big moments deserve big swings and at the end you saw that from Georgia,” mentioned Anderson.