With a return trip to the North final on the line, Andover wasn’t about to let a North Andover team that had already beaten it once end the season.
Led by senior Julia McBride, No. 2 seed Andover downed No. 3 North Andover 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 in the Division 1 North semifinals on last Wednesday.
“It was a great win, an excellent win!” said Warriors head coach Jane Bergin. “We avenged a loss to them, which is always great. The kids were focused and played a wonderful game. North Andover gave us everything they could, but we played maybe our best match of the season.”
Leading the way for the Warriors was McBride, who notched a team-high 10 digs.
“She just does everything for us,” said Bergin. “She is only 5-foot-6 and she gets up over the net and blocks balls. She is an incredible leaper. She even hit two balls lefty. She is going to make a college coach very happy.”
Basketball star Jillian Webber, in her first year playing volleyball, led the Warriors in kills (12) and blocks (6). Kendra Moore added 22 service points and Sophia Want had 16 assists.
“Jillian was unstoppable,” said Bergin. “It’s amazing she’s been playing this sport for about three months. And Kendra was amazing serving. She was putting the ball into play and we had a great game passing. I am so proud of everyone.”
Julia McBride led Anodver in kills (9), assists (18) and digs (18) but Andover lost to archrival Central Catholic 25-23, 26-24, 25-23, 25-12 on Saturday. Jillian Webber and Kendra Moore each added nine kills, Webber had seven blocks and Sophia Wang chipped in with 15 service points for the Warriors.
Andover rules again
Andover earned a total of 464 points to easily beat out No. 2 Acton-Boxboro (298) and No. 3 Reading (258) and once again roll to the title in Saturday’s North Sectional Swimming Championships at Boston University.
Andover got first place finishes in the 200 IM from freshman Emily Clements (2:07.19), in the 100 breaststroke from her sister Jordan Clements (1:08.07) and in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Emily Clements also took second in the 100 freestyle, Mia Galat took second in the 200 freestyle (2:10.42) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.61), Melissa Zhang took third in the 50 freestyle (25.24) and Rachel Landry was third in the 200 IM (2:11.18).
Girls cross country
Cain leads the way
Sarah Cain placed a team-high 15th overall in 10:10.73 as Andover was fifth as a team at the EMass. Division 1 Meet on Saturday. Grace O’Hara was next best for the Warriors in 20th (20:25.93) while Isabelle Silveira was 36th.
Girls cross country
Connell paces Andover
Devin Connell led Andover in 25th overall (16:52.73) and the Golden Warriors were fifth as a team at the EMass. Division 1 Meet on Saturday. Vikram Daesety was 54th and Andy Chaves was 60th for the Warriors.
Despite four saves for Megan Hartnett, Andover lost to Lexington 2-0 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Sunday.
Andover fell to Lincoln-Sudbury 5-0 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals last Monday.