HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Westborough reigns supreme in battle of unbeaten volleyball teams

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Photo by/Kelly Burneson
Westborough Volleyball’s Jennifer DaSilva dives for the ball.

By Chris Wilson, Contributing Writer

REGION – This past week saw the conclusion of the Fall II season. 

The biggest game on the schedule took place on Thursday, April 22 when Algonquin and Westborough volleyball squads faced off in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Westborough came out on top by a score of 3-2. The match, though, came down to the final serve. Leading 14-13 in their fifth set, Westborough needed just one more point to reach the 15-point threshold with the two-point margin necessary to win. The Rangers aced the shot to win the set 15-13.

“Everyone on the team worked all year long to make each other better in practice,” Westborough Head Coach Roger Anderson told the Community Advocate after the win.

Anderson went on to say that the win was, “a complete team effort.”

Westborough finished its season with a perfect 11-0 record, snapping Algonquin’s similar previously undefeated record with this final victory. 

Reflecting on his squad’s play, Anderson credited team success to his players’, “commitment early on… that, no matter what, we would take care of each other.”

He went on to say that this camaraderie was critical to the program’s success in 2021.

“Great season, T-Hawks,” Algonquin Athletic Director Michael Mocerino tweeted following his team’s loss.

In other volleyball action, Shrewsbury picked up a pair of wins over AMSA on April 20 and April 22.

On the gridiron, area schools celebrated “Thanksgiving in April.” As the fall 2020 football season was cancelled due to COVID-19, local football fans specifically mourned the loss of traditional Thanksgiving games. 

In the final weeks of the season, though, school administrators and officials at the MIAA rolled out sudden plans to revive old rivalries with Thursday night games, April 22. 

In Shrewsbury, the Colonials lined up against Wachusett. The Mountaineers took the 34-14 victory, finishing off their own undefeated season. 

In Marlborough, the Panthers blanked the Hudson Hawks 28-0 behind two touchdowns from running back Jay Jay Jarmann. 

Algonquin, meanwhile, ended its season on a high note, defeating Westborough by a score of 30-14.

Grafton finished its season earlier this month. So the school’s teams had no games on their schedules.

ALGONQUIN

VOLLEYBALL – APRIL 22

Algonquin – 2, Westborough – 3

FOOTBALL – APRIL 22

Algonquin– 30, Westborough – 14

HUDSON

FOOTBALL – APRIL 22

Hudson – 0, Marlborough – 28

SHREWSBURY

VOLLEYBALL – APRIL 20

Shresbury – 3, AMSA – 1

VOLLEYBALL – APRIL 22

Shrewsbury – 3, AMSA – 0

FOOTBALL – APRIL 22

Shrewsbury – 14, Wachusett – 34

WESTBOROUGH

VOLLEYBALL – APRIL 22

Westborough – 3, Algonquin – 2

FOOTBALL – APRIL 22

Westborough – 14, Algonquin – 30

MARLBOROUGH

FOOTBALL – APRIL 22

Marlborough – 28, Hudson – 0