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Hanover Volleys Into Third

Amherst, n.h. — Not taking “slow down” for an answer has the Hanover High volleyball team close to a top-four spot in the upcoming NHIAA Division II state tournament.

Behind Zoe McElwain’s near-perfect serving and the net play of Vanessa Nwokoye and Elizabeth Pillsbury, the Marauders blanked Souhegan, 3-0, on Monday night. Hanover (11-3) won the match by scores of 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, with McElwain converting 22 of her 23 serves with three aces and the combination of Nwokoye and Pillsbury recording a dozen kills.

With the final week of the regular season under way, the Marauders are tied with Gilford and St. Thomas for third place in the division. That Hanover is in position for possibly two home tournament games comes down to “just continuing to play through,” coach Amy Carney said.

Ten of Hanover’s victories have been straight-set affairs. Pillsbury led the Marauders with 10 kills, and Holly Schlosser added five to go with six digs. On defense, Nwokoye was again a force at the net with a team-high seven blocks. McElwain also contributed 12 assists and four kills

The Marauders visit Gilford on Wednesday evening.

Girls Soccer

Stevens 0, Sunapee 0

Claremont — Try as they might, the Lakers (11-2-1) couldn’t solve the 15-save shutout netminding of the Cardinals’ Molly Early in a scoreless draw at Monadnock Park.

The tie kept Stevens (9-1-3) in a top-four spot in NHIAA Division III entering Thursday’s season finale against Fall Mountain. The Lakers, owners of 10 shutouts on the year, are third in D-IV with two matches to play.

Hopkinton 2, Kearsarge 0

North Sutton — The Cougars (3-10-2) tested the Hawks (11-2-2), but not enough to knock off the No. 4 team in NHIAA Division III.

Currently holding the final spot in the 16-team state tournament, Kearsarge closes its regular season at undefeated Bow on Friday.

Field Hockey

Woodstock Grad Honored

Castleton, Vt. — Woodstock Union High graduate Blake Wardwell, a senior at Castleton State, is the North Atlantic Conference’s field hockey player of the week.

Wardwell produced a pair of hat tricks in two Spartans victories, a 7-0 blanking of Colby-Sawyer and an 11-0 rout of Rivier.

Crew

Dartmouth Joins Head of Charles Field

Boston — The Dartmouth crew teams kicked off their fall seasons by competing in the 49th Head of the Charles regatta on Sunday.

The heavyweight men’s eight took 25th place in 15 minutes, 55.28 seconds, the first time in three years that the Big Green failed to make the top 20. The lightweight eight was eighth out of 17 boats.

The women took 20th in their race, finishing in 17:42.41.

Men’s Rugby

Dartmouth 55, Brown 3

Providence, r.i. — The Big Green completed a perfect 6-0 mark in Ivy League play with a rout of Brown in the weekend’s season finale.

Madison Hughes again reigned supreme for Dartmouth, scoring a try on a 60-meter dash in the first half and scoring four more tries in the second to amass 35 of the Big Green’s points.

Senior Tyler Moragne got Dartmouth on the board with an early score. Pat Flynn and Wilson Chockley also found the try zone for Dartmouth, with participates in the Ivy North Sevens this weekend.

Colby-Sawyer’s Emilee McBridePLAYER OF THE WEEK

Volleyball

Chargers’ McBride Selected

New London — Colby-Sawyer senior middle blocker Emilee McBride is the North Atlantic Conference’s player of the week for her net play last week.

In just six sets of play, McBride hit .562 with 23 kills and nine blocks. She had a nine-kill, three-block night in a win over Green Mountain and added 14 kills and six blocks in a defeat of Castleton.

Cross Country

CSC’s Parker Honored

New London — Colby-Sawyer freshman Kylee Parker earned North Atlantic Conference rookie of the week honors for last week.

Parker paced the Chargers by taking seventh place out of 190 runners in Saturday’s Western New England Invitational. Her time of 19 minutes, 58 seconds, paced Colby-Sawyer to seventh place out of 22 schools.