Marlborough boys volleyball shuts down Assabet


Marlborough boys volleyball shuts down Assabet
An Assabet player gets ready to serve. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

MARLBOROUGH – In an energy-filled and action-packed game, the Marlborough High School Panthers boys’ volleyball team soundly defeated the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Aztecs by a score of 3-0 last Friday afternoon. 

The Aztecs were within striking distance for much of the game, but they were never able to gather enough momentum to challenge Marlborough. 

The Panthers won the first two sets. Marlborough jumped out to a commanding lead in the third set, scoring the first six points. Assabet pushed back – as it had done throughout the game – but Marlborough proved to be too much and won the third set by a score of 25-16. 

Chris Lowe, the Marlborough boys’ volleyball coach, was pleased with his team’s performance.

“It went great,” he said. “We stuck together. Volleyball goes best when you have fun playing it and play it as a team, and we did that really well today, so I’m really proud of [the players].”

The win was extra special for Lowe. After the victory, Lowe brought the team over to the stands to meet several of his family members and closest friends who were in attendance.

“This is our only real Friday home game of the year, so my college friends and their wives came. One of my friends from work is here, and my parents came in from New York today to support the kids,” he said.

For Lowe’s mother, “supporting the kids” meant delivering a batch of homemade cookies. The team was incredibly excited and headed to the locker room to enjoy a surprise postgame treat.

The Aztecs fall to 2-6 on the season and will look to rebound against Worcester Technical High School (currently 0-8) and Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School (currently 3-6) throughout next week. 

The Panthers snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 3-5. Marlborough will face 6-1 North Middlesex before games against two winless opponents. 

“We have a few tough games coming up. We definitely have some things we need to clean up, which we’ll work on in practice, but the biggest thing is sticking together,” Lowe said.

“It’s easier to stick together in a game where you have the lead and are winning… it gets tougher when your backs are up against the wall. We have to keep working on sticking together and doing what we do,” he said.

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