Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 21, 2013

While breakout out of shell, Hu becomes star on volleyball court

Hu ends volleyball career as a breakout star


While the sport was helping her become a stronger person, Hu in turn became a major reason for the Golden Warrior volleyball team’s success.

She was a key member of last season’s squad that went 23-1 and advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals. She finished fourth on the team in digs (47) to go with 23 kills and 18 blocks.

She was even better this season, earning All-Merrimack Valley Conference honors for the Golden Warriors team that closed out the season 23-2 last Wednesday. Hu finished second on the team in kills (187), fourth in aces (46) and third in digs (54).

Hu, who is a member of the National Honor Society and currently enrolled in advanced placement statistics, physics and psychology classes, said she is proud of how her volleyball career finished out.

“Especially as a senior to make it this far has been incredible,” she said. “Coach Sullivan always says this was supposed to be a ‘rebuilding year.’ So to come together and make it that far is really awesome.”

Warriors fall in semifinals

Andover’s magic season came to an end last Wednesday, dropping to Barnstable 3-0 in the Division 1 state semifinals.

Barnstable 3, Andover 0

Kills: Chelsea Hu 8, Madelyn Reppucci 6

Blocks: Reppucci 8, Rachel Schnakenberg 5

Assists: Azita Bakhtyari 21

Service points (aces): Mackenzie Kennedy 14, Addison Kennedy 11 (1)

Digs: Schnakenberg 5, Addison Kennedy 3

Barnstable (23-0): 25 25 25 — 3

Andover (23-2): 16 21 16 — 0

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