Andover volleyball’s season got off to a nightmare start, falling to neighboring rival North Andover in its season-opener 3-2.
When the two teams met just over a month later, the Golden Warriors earned their payback, dealing the Scarlet Knights their first loss of the season, a 3-1 win led by Sarah Kenyon (16 service points).
The two teams met again in the state tourney, with Andover walking away again with the win, 3-1 paced by Madelyn Reppucci (8 blocks, 6 kills).
North Andover finished the season with just two losses, both to Andover.
Andover football had heard enough of the numbers, about how Chelmsford had been a thorn in the team’s side for longer than the current team had been alive.
When the Lions dealt them another loss during the regular season, those numbers came out again, and the Golden Warriors became that much more determined.
So when the two teams met in a rematch in November, Andover was ready for revenge. Led by a huge game for Jack Sylvester (TD pass and rush), the Golden Warriors earned their second victory in three meetings over the Lions with a convincing 26-14 win.
Andover field hockey lost just once in the regular season, a 1-0 shocker at the hands of Central Catholic.
In the rematch between the two teams later in the season, it again finished 1-0, but thanks to a Jacquelyn Leone goal, it was the Golden Warriors coming out on top.
Chelsea Hu never imagined she would be a star in any sport. She certainly never imagined she would be a vocal captain.
But this season, Hu was named to the All-Merrimack Valley Conference volleyball team after an outstanding year, where she recorded 195 kills. Joining her on the All-MVC squad was junior Azita Bakhtyari, who notched a team-high 589 assists to go with 67 kills and 79 aces.