After the championship slipped out from their hands last season, the Newton North girls' volleyball team held on this season to bring home the Central/East Div. 1 title.
The Tigers swept King Philip High School Saturday night at Babson College to take the sectional championship with a 3-0 victory.
Similar to last season, the Tigers entered the playoffs in the No. 1 spot and moved through the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds with two 3-0 victories.
But last year, the No. 3 Brookline High stopped Newton North's playoff momentum and took the sectional title.
This year, though, the Tigers pounced early with a 25-9 victory in the first set. Later in the second set, King Philip kept it close again early on, taking a 5-3 lead a one point, but the serving and front line of the Tigers was too much. Getting to within four at 15-11, the Tigers called a time out and came back to finish the set with a 9-2 run to win the second set 24-13.
With the title in their sights, the Tigers quickly put King Philip away with a 25-15 set win to complete the sweep and earn the championship.
The Tigers will now move on to the state Division 1 semifinals, where they face Andover, the North Div. 1 champions. That game will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Lawrence High School, 70-71 North Parish Road., Lawrence. Game time is 7 p.m.
Information provided by the MIAA tournament website.
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