After both teams topped Goddard Eisenhower in three-set matches, Andover and Andover Central played a three-set match of their own.
The Trojans came out on top thanks to a 25-21 decision in the third and deciding set.
Both teams play big. They are technically sound but when you have the size and athleticism that both teams possess, matches are highlighted with big blocks and huge kills.
Andover’s Regan Peare can hit with as much force as anyone. When she is on the receiving end of a solid set, defenders become targets. Junior Jaylyn Agnew has the quickness and explosiveness to reach almost every block on the defensive side.
Central answered with great size and athleticism on their side of the net. Katie Kretchmar is back from an injury and that only makes Becca Schulte that much more dangerous.
Throw in Amanda Kakoulias, Julia Joseph and Jasmine Nazaran who can all play above the net and you have a formidable team.
Andover jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first set. Central finally responded and even came back to take a 9-8 lead. But the Trojans regained control and led by at least four the rest of the way before winning the first 25-20.
Central got things going in the second set.
The Trojans took an early 3-0 lead, but the Jaguars raced back to a 9-4 lead on the serve of Miranda Anaya. Central never gave up the lead and won the second set convincingly 25-15.
In the third set, Central took a quick 5-2 lead.
But Andover scored four straight to take a 6-5 lead. They would never trail again and finished with a 25-21 win in the third set to take the match.
Both teams had beaten Goddard Eisenhower before their match against each other.
Andover topped the Tigers 25-14, 12-25, and 26-24. Eisenhower trailed by as many as eight points in the final set before tying it at 24 all.
Central also needed three sets to beat Ike. They won 25-17, 21-25 and 25-22. Like their match against Andover, Eisenhower trailed by a wide margin in the third set before coming back against Central. But the Jags held on for the win.ush